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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).

Hospice Chaplain & Bereavement Interactive Training
Sept. 11-12, 2017 8:30 am- 4:30 pm Monday and Tuesday 8:30 – 11 am
1108 Lavaca, 7th floor
Austin, TX 78701

Overview: This is a 1.5-day intensive for Hospice and Palliative Care Spiritual Care and Bereavement professionals. Attendees will focus on documentation, bedside rituals, tools, regulatory/policy issues, grief, listening and communication skills, Policies, CoPS, Rules, Regulations and Best Practices: How to Survive a Survey, dialog about how Chaplains and Bereavement professionals can best serve patients and families.

Topics: 5 Marketing Laws for a Hospice Chaplain, Bedside Rituals,Chaplain Documentation: Recording Spiritual Care in a Clinical World, Generational Grief, How Not to (Unintentionally) Say Something Stupid: BE-ing with Suffering, The Art of Listening, Medical Aid in Dying, Grief 101, CoPs, Regs, Policies, and Next Practices: How to Thrive and be Survey-Ready

Target Audience: Hospice Spiritual Care Coordinators, Chaplains, Bereavement Coordinators, Bereavement Managers, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Administrators

Continuing Education:  9 Hours of Hospice Administrator, Social Work and Licensed Professional Counselor Continuing Education Credit awarded to attendees. Board Certified Chaplains may apply for credit through the BCCI. 


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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: Personal and Professional Boundaries in Hospice Chaplaincy, Chaplain Documentation, Chaplain Ethics, Standards and CoPS, and Companioning

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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 credit

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.

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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