• Call for Posters Open or Close

    Overview: HealthCare Chaplaincy’s Network’s 5th annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference continues its tradition of offering poster sessions as a great opportunity for interactive presentation of emerging ideas, late-breaking results, experiences and challenges on spiritual care topics. Poster sessions are informal and highly interactive, and allow authors and participants to engage in comprehensive discussions about the presented work from which new collaborations, ideas and solutions can emerge. The annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference is the preeminent professional education and networking event for the multiple health care disciplines that provide spiritual care ─ chaplains, social workers, nurses, doctors, educators, community clergy, and more. All presentations are focused on the crucial objective of advancing the integration of spiritual care in health care.

    Submission Process: Proposals should include a title and a description of how your poster relates to the theme. Abstracts can be up to 500 words. Posters are a visual medium, so please provide some information about how your poster will convey information visually. If your poster includes data, be sure to explain in your abstract how the data was gathered and evaluated. Because HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™ evaluates only the abstract in its decision, ensure that it clearly conveys the purpose of your poster presentation. Email all submissions to Jazimine Salvodon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Proposals must include:
    Problem Action Taken
    Outcomes/Data Institution/Organization
    Contact Name, Email Address, and Telephone

    Notification: The deadline for submission is February 26, 2018. Submissions selected for development of a full poster session will be notified during the week of March 5, 2018.

    Registration: All expenses, including registration for the conference and overnight stays, is the responsibility of the presenting author(s). There is a special group rate at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel for conference attendees that expire on April 2, 2018. Information on making a hotel reservation can be found here.

    Important Dates and Times: Poster presentations will take place on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Dimensions: Poster board surface area is 4 feet high x 6 feet wide

  • Webcast Open or Close

    The webcast provides an excellent opportunity to engage your entire staff or multiple members of an organization who might not otherwise be able to attend or conference in-person. Registering for webcast facilitates the sharing and dissemination of knowledge while minimizing cost and travel time.


    What is included?
    The real-time broadcast of keynote and all plenary sessions and selected workshops (selected workshops will be chosen one month prior to conference, renewal ceremony, and pioneer award presentation.


    Technical Requirements and Information

    Technical Requirements to View Stream:

    • It is recommended you need at least 3MBs, for viewing webcast
    • It is recommended that you have at least 3Mbps
    • Your computer, laptop, tablet should have at least a dual-core processor
    • You will need to Chrome or Firefox browser to view live stream
    • Offices need a firewall port 1935 (RTMP)
  • Brochures Open or Close

    Conference 1

  • Pre-Conference Intensives Open or Close
    Sunday, April 22, 2018     9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Pre-Conference Intensive A:

    Advance Care Planning

    Respecting Choices® First Steps: Advance Care Planning

    Intensive Summary:

    Respecting Choices is an internationally recognized, evidence-based model of advance care planning (ACP) that creates a healthcare culture of person-centered; care that honors an individual’s goals and values for current and futures healthcare. Effective advance care planning can better ensure that patients receive medical management that matches their identified goals.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Identify interview skills for facilitating First Steps advance care planning (ACP) conversations
    • Identify interview skills for facilitating First Steps ACP conversations for adults with chronic illness
    • Construct strategies to communicate the plan, including the completion of an advance directive document
    • Examine ACP Facilitator’s role in implementing three key systems for ACP effectiveness
    • Demonstrate beginning competency in facilitating First Steps ACP conversations through role-play activities



    Sunday, April 22, 2018     9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Pre-Conference Intensive B:

    Building a Successful Chaplaincy Department:

    Growing Spiritual Care in Times of Scarcity- Experience of Those Who Have Done It.

    Intensive Summary:

    Despite the mounting evidence for the benefits of spiritual care to patients and caregivers, and to the goals of the institution, chaplains are often unable to take advantage of these opportunities and grow their services. This four hour workshop will equip chaplains to assess the opportunities for growing spiritual care in their institutions and successfully advocate for the increased integration of spiritual care. Participants are encouraged to bring success stories and project ideas they would like to implement in their own institutions.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Examine the current evidence for the integration of spiritual care and chaplaincy care.
    • Describe best practice programs that benefit patients and add value to institutional practice.
    • Summarize the process for assessing the opportunities for increased spiritual care in their institutions and develop plans to take advantage of them.



    Sunday, April 22, 2018     1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Pre-Conference Intensive C:

    Board Certification Preparatory Course

    What Do I Have To Do To Get Certified and Employed?

    Intensive Summary:

    Competition for good health care chaplaincy jobs is increasing with many more qualified candidates in the market place. While certification is critical to success in finding a good position, it is by far not the only measure that employers look for. Unlike some other disciplines, many chaplaincy training programs do not focus on preparing chaplains for the health care job market. This four hour workshop will focus on what aspiring and current chaplains can do to improve their chances of success in both the certification process and the job market.

    Upon completion of this intensive, you will be able to:

    • Compare and choose the training and continuing education programs that will best position them for success and leverage those programs to their maximum advantage.
    • Prepare themselves to increase their chances for success in whatever certification process they choose to enter.
    • Analyze job opportunities, prepare, and integrate ways to maximize their chances of both getting the job and succeeding in the job once hired.