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A 10% registration discount to the institute is being offered for anyone who registers because of a HealthCare Chaplaincy announcement including this post. Registrants should check the box on the registration form which says "Check Here If Registering From HCCN Announcement".

Focus on Practical Ways to Integrate Spirituality and Compassion into Healthcare

The 6th Annual Spirituality and Health Summer Institute at the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWISH) will take place in Washington DC July 23 -26, 2014. 

For those interested in working with a diverse group of professionals across disciplines including physicians, chaplains, nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, pharmacists, administrators, and educators, this is an excellent learning opportunity.

The summer institute is co-directed by Christina Puchalski MD and George Handzo MDiv BCC.  With a “hands-on” approach, this year’s institute has the following goals:

·         Discuss evidence for spiritual care and compassionate presence, the tools to bring spirituality to the forefront of clinical care, and the roles of members of the interdisciplinary team.

·         Participate in experiential learning, including large- and small-group case discussions and treatment/care plan development by interdisciplinary tams with standardized patients.

Speakers include:

·         Christina Puchalski, MD, Co-Director

·         George Handzo, MDiv, BCC, Co-Director

·         William Breitbart, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

·         Xavier Gomez-Batiste, MD, PhD, Catalan Institute of Oncology, Barcelona, Spain

·         Ewan Kelly, PhD, MD, NHS Education for Scotland, University of Edinburgh

·         Marvin Omar Delgado Guay, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center

·         Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

·         John Mullet, MDiv, BCC, St. Anthony’s Hospital/BayCare Health

·         Kevin Massey, MDiv, BCC, Advocate General Lutheran Hospital

·         Shane Sinclair, PhD, MDiv, University of Calgary, Canada

·         Jennifer Bires, MSW, George Washington University, Medical Faculty Associates

·         Sermsak Lolak, MD, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

GWISH is the first university-chartered institute for spirituality and health in the United States and is committed to education and clinical issues related to spirituality and health.  Its founder and director is Christina Puchalski MD.

Find details here.


9TH Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat:  The Art of Presence

Another learning opportunity sponsored by GWISH takes place annually in Assisi, Italy and is planned for August 14-20 this year.  The interdisciplinary retreat is designed to provide respite and renewal, reflection and nourishment, and to re-ignite one’s original call to serve others.  It will be held at a monastery in the heart of Assisi, providing sanctuary and a place of reflection with other professionals from around the world.

Retreat facilitators this year include:

·         Christina Puchalski MD – Physician, educator, and leader in spirituality and health

·         Michael Stillwater – Musical artist and educator

·         Doris Laesser Stillwater, Dipl. Psych. FH – Contemplative psychologist

·         Edward O’Donnell – Spiritual director and educator

The retreat leaders act as guides, drawing from their medical, psychological, spiritual, and artistic backgrounds to provide a learning environment integrating spirit, heart, mind, and body.  Participants will engage in individual and group work to learn practical tools to integrate into their personal and professional lives.

Topics include:

Awareness of the Call:  Relieving stress and understanding/renewing call to service

Awareness of the Sacred:  Ability to integrate contemplative practice into one’s life

Boundaries and Intimacy:  Practice attentive listening and setting boundaries in patient care

Compassionate Presence:  Learning, growing, and integrating the practice

Attending to Patient Spiritual Needs:  Integration of spiritual care in the clinical setting

Keeping the Call Alive:  Plan to integrate learnings from the retreat in one’s profession

Find details here.





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