2017 annual conference

4th Annual

Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference

March 13-15, 2017 | Chicago, IL


HealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkTM is pleased to announce our 4th annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference. This one-of-a-kind, event will be held in Chicago on March 13-15, 2017 and will draw an international, multi-disciplinary audience on-site and via webinar.


Keynote Speaker

Roshi Joan Jiko Halifax, Ph.D.
Founder, Upaya Zen Center and Institute
Presenting: Perspectives on Compassion: An Essential Practice in Chaplaincy

Plenary Speakers

Deborah B. Marin, M.D.
Blumenthal Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Center for Spirituality and Health, The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Presenting: What Does Multidisciplinary Compassionate Care Look Like?

The Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich, M.Div, FACHE
Senior Vice President, Mission and Spiritual Care, Advocate Health Care
Presenting: Chaplains in Healthcare: Do We Make a Difference?

Shane Sinclair, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Cancer Care Research Professorship, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary
Presenting: A Compassionate Practice: Toward a Patient-Orientated and Clinically Relevant-Evidence Based Approach

Jason A. Wolf, Ph.D., CPXP
President, The Beryl Institute
Presenting: Patient Experience: A Movement of Spirit at the Heart of Healthcare



Join Chaplains From Many Countries for the
Ceremony of Renewal of Commitment to Spiritual Care

Free live broadcast: Tuesday, March 14, 8:30-9:00 am (CDT). Register here


Come Pray With Us


Special Pre-Conference Session:
Sunday, March 12 / Seats Are Limited

Gundersen Lutheran Respecting Choices® First Steps Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training

Internationally recognized, evidence-based model that creates a culture of person-centered care

  • Learn the skills to facilitate foundation Advance Care Planning discussions with any adult
  • Allows any member of the interdisciplinary health care team to engage earlier in the patient care process
  • One-day on-site training
  • Instructor: Jim Kraft, Director of Advance Care Planning and Collaborative Services, Ford Health System
  • Cost is $375, includes online courses to be completed in advance and on-site at the Caring for the Human Spirit® in Chicago,


We are excited to announce the addition of multi-discipline plenaries and workshops, plus special tracks for Nurses and Social Workers


  • Nurse-Provided Spiritual Care: Practices and Perspectives
  • Intentional Care of the Spirit: The Practice of Faith Community Nursing

Social Workers

  • An Introduction to the Comprehensive Psycho-Spiritual Clinical Interview
  • The G Word: Exploring the Clinical Relevance of Religion and Spirituality in Oncology Social Work Practice

Nurses and Social Workers

  • Teaching Compassionate Communication to Health Care Professionals
  • Providing Spiritual Care According to Disease Process


  • A Transdisciplinary Approach to Chronic Pain: A Clinical Psychologist and a Chaplain Work Together
  • Developing a Volunteer Chaplaincy Program in a Rural Health Care Organization



Earn a Certificate as a Spiritual Care Generalist

Learn more here


Conference Daily Activities
The three-day event will consist of one keynote address, four plenaries, and more than 30 workshops of which attendees will select five. The program includes breakfast and lunch, and ample opportunities for networking, visiting exhibit booths and reviewing scientific posters.

Full Conference Registration fee includes breakfast for three days, lunch for two days, and the President’s Reception on Monday evening. Learn more here or by going to the agenda tab above.

Conference Registration
*Early Bird* rate through February 18, 2017:
$380 (Chaplains); $480 (Non-Chaplains)

Rate after February 18, 2017:
$450 (Chaplains); $550 (Non-Chaplains)

One-Day Rate:
$200/day (Chaplains); $250/day (Non-Chaplains)
Group Discounts available, see our website for more details.

Virtual Conference/Webcast
$800 per site
The real-time broadcast will include keynote and plenary presentations and select workshops. HCCN will select one workshop per series to broadcast. The broadcast is available in English.
*Specialty Track workshops will not be broadcasted live.

The Webcast provide an excellent opportunity to engage entire staff or multiple members of an organization who might not otherwise be able to attend and facilitates the sharing and dissemination of knowledge while minimizing cost and travel time.

*Spiritual Care Association (SCA) members receive a discount, click here to learn more. (You must log in to view the discounted rates)

Hotel Room Rate
$199 + State and Local Taxes
Learn more about the venue here

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