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On-line Training: All you need is a computer with speakers and Internet Explorer and you can get excellent training while sipping coffee in your pajamas. All speakers are well known professional hospice workers that are experts in their field(s).

Chaplain Training Pack:

5 Classes -- 6 hours of Professional Education with CEs awarded. Taught from leading industry experts. Perfect to set a good foundation for new chaplains!

Chaplains often have received little training specific to care of the dying or working in an Interdisciplinary Clinical Team.  Over the course of the past year, a TNMHO "Chaplain's Development Committee" was formed to dialogue with medical professionals and hospice chaplains, conduct surveys of administrators and of chaplains, and to research the needs for improving spiritual care of the hospice chaplain.  In response to the identified needs and concerns, the CDC developed these trainings. They were recorded live from a special "Chaplain's Track" at the 2011 TNMHO convention and turned into the following 5 training modules. These specialized topics will focus on the needs particular to Hospice Chaplains and the Spiritual Care of the dying. 

*This Pack includes: From Pastor to Chaplain, Personal and Professional Boundaries in Hospice Chaplaincy, Chaplain Documentation, Chaplain Ethics, Standards and CoPS, and Companioning

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Expanding Excellence In Spiritual Care
A Two Day Inter-Disciplinary Workshop

    Day 1 (Basic) 8 AM– 3:30 PM:
     Exploring and Supporting Patient Spirituality
     Professional Boundaries
     Recording Spiritual Care in a Clinical World
     Compassion Fatigue: Managing Caregiver Stress

    Day 2 (Advanced) 8 AM-3:30 PM:
     Interventions with Patients and Families Experi-encing Grief, Conflict and Anger
     Ministering In and To the IDT
     Caring for Patients Experiencing Dementia and their Loved Ones
     Bedside Rituals

    $125 for one day or $199 for both. Come to either day or both. Catered Lunch provided each day. See website for CE information for Admin, SW and LPC. This training is held in Dallas @ 1600 Viceroy Drive
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Meet the Team:
  • Rodney Bolejack, D.Min., has 26 years of hospice experience as a Chaplain, Bereavement Coordinator, and Educator. He is also a state keynote and national hospice conference speaker.
  • Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham has been serving as a hospice spiritual care counselor for almost a decade. She is the Section Leader for the Spiritual Caregivers Section of NHPCO, the author of "Hospice Whispers, Stories of Life", and travels nationally as a consultant and speaker for EOL Care



Location of Workshop: 1600 Viceroy Dr., Dallas TX 75235 (VNA Headquarters)

Date/Time: Thursday May 19- Friday May 20, 2016 - 8 AM-3:30 PM each day

Continuing Education: Hospice Administrators, Social Workers, Board Certified Chaplains

Texas & New Mexico Hospice Organization is an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization is an approved provider of Continuing Education for Administrators by The Texas Department of Aging and Disability.




1. "Compassion Fatigue" by Danny Mack
Description: Chaplain Danny Mack uses humor and experience to lead this session on caregiver fatigue. Topics in the session include warning Signs, do's and don'ts, understanding caregiver stress and strategies for lowering caregiver stress.

Audience: Chaplains and any other stressed caregiver



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2. "Companioning" - by Rodney Bolejack
This class is approved for
1.5 credits
Description: One of the primary concerns of hospice patients is fear of abandonment. Such may occur at several levels, particularly when busy schedules focus our attention on protocols, procedures, and paperwork. This presentation explores "Companioning" as an essential hospice concept. Benefits& Burdens and Barriers & Bridges to creating a shared journey will be examined from professional and intra-personal perspectives. Participants will learn how to apply "Companioning" skills and attitudes to enrich the hospice experience for the patient as well as for the professional.

Audiences: All
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3. Children and Grief- 1.5 Credits
Rodney Bolejack, D.Min., Chaplain This presentation is from the 05/02/09 TNMHO conference. Rodney will discuss children and common early experiences, responses to grief, tasks of children in grief, styles of grieving and the role of faith, hope and love. Participants will learn ways to help grieve and heal.

Audience: All
Level: General

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Upaya - offers professional training programs in compassionate end-of-life care. Buddhist based and easily adaptable to other traditions. Excellent online articles and resources.

Zen Hospice Project - a residential center for end-of-life care. Excellent resources online.

Metta Institute - offers training in end-of-life care. Buddhist based, easily adaptable to other traditions. Excellent online resources and teleconferences.

Association of Professional Chaplains

American Public Media's "Being" with Krista Tippett. Interviews with spiritual leaders around the world, from a variety of faith traditions discussing spiritually relevent issues.

Spiritual Care Collaborative - resources for ethics, standards of care 

Danny Mack at the May 2009 TNMHO Conference