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Integrating Spirituality in Team Practice: Lessons from Palliative Care

Presented by Denise Hess, MDiv, BCC-HPCC and Woody English, MD, MMM


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Program Summary
Recognizing that chaplains and the spiritual dimension of health care are often underrepresented in both the in- and outpatient health care settings, this 90-minute session will introduce a model for interdisciplinary team facilitated goals of care conversations that attends not only to the spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones, but also includes practices to encourage team member self-reflection and well-being. Participants will leave the session equipped with a clinical practice toolkit developed from a three-year pilot project with interdisciplinary palliative care teams across the US.

Program Objectives
  1. To describe a model for interdisciplinary team collaboration that encourages team self-reflection and spiritual development.
  2. To practice utilizing goals of care conversation tools designed to highlight the spiritual dimension of patient and family suffering.
  3. To introduce data-informed clinical practices to the interdisciplinary team to promote a culture of whole person care.

About the Presenters
Dr. English was the Clinical Project Leader for the Supportive Care Coalition’s: Integrating Spirituality in Palliative Team Practice – Goals of Care Conversations. Currently retired, Dr. English was previously the Medical Director of the Palliative Care Program for the Oregon Region of Providence Health and Services (PH&S) and a member of the SCC Board of Directors, chairing the Spirituality Steering Committee. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, he held many leadership positions within PH&S and currently serves on several Oregon community boards and task forces to improve advance health care planning and palliative care across the continuum of care.

Denise Hess comes to palliative care through over a decade as a full-time palliative care chaplain with Providence St. Joseph Health. Denise has a master’s degree and license in marriage and family therapy, a master’s degree in divinity, and is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church (USA). She was board certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2011 and received palliative care and hospice advanced certification in 2014. She is currently the Executive Director for the Supportive Care Coalition, a national partnership of Catholic health ministries committed to advancing excellence in palliative care. She speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of spirituality in palliative care and mindfulness for palliative care clinicians.

NACC Certification Competencies Covered by the Webinar: PPS1, PPS2, PPS6, PPS7


October 31 2019 Webinar Fact Sheet (participants) (The Fact Sheet contains call-in instructions and numbers)
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Webinar recordings

October 31, 2019 recording