8th Annual Caring for the Human Spirit® and The International Westberg Symposium Virtual Conference

April 12-14, 2021


The Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference and Westberg International Symposium are the premier spiritual care forum for cutting-edge topics to enhance your spiritual care practice and ministry. This inspirational and transformative three-day conference is designed to provide spiritual care providers with the skills, best practices, and research, that can advance their career and improve optimal care for those in need.

Ideal for any professionals interested in spiritual care, such as:

  • Chaplains
  • Nurses
  • First Responders
  • Social Workers
  • Physicians
  • Researchers
  • Clergy
  • Administrators
  • Policy Makers
  • Palliative Care Professionals

You will learn from and exchange ideas with some of the most influential leaders in the spiritual care arena and make new relationships with people and organizations that will help you achieve new levels of success in providing compassionate whole person care.


Conference Brochure

Conference Brochure


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Westberg Symposium

Westberg Symposium

After a successful first year we are pleased to welcome the Westberg Symposium to the Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference. Over the years, the Westberg Symposium has become the premier gathering and networking event for faith community nurses from across the globe. Participants develop supportive connections and gain new ideas and skills as distinguished speakers share techniques and experiences for the benefit of the professional practice.


Agenda at Glance

Agenda at a Glance

The VIRTUAL three-day event will consist of one keynote address, several plenaries to choose from and more than 30 workshops. In addition, participants enjoy:

Continuing Education Credits: CEUs, CNEs, CMEs, and Social Work Contact Hours
All recorded video and materials post-conference
Chaplain Renewal of Commitment Ceremony
Digital Poster Sessions
SCA Membership Meeting




Donna Shalala
Former U.S. Congresswoman (2019 - 2021) representing Florida's 27th Congressional District and served as Secretary of Health and Human Services (1993 - 2001) under President Bill Clinton.


Rev. Kevin Massey MDiv, BCC
Vice President, Mission and Spiritual Care Advocate Lutheran General Hospital


Susan Jacob PhD, RN
Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor College of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Center


Rev. Danielle J. Buhuro D.Min, BCC, ACP
ACPE Certified Educator, Advocate Aurora Health Care



Rev. Deborah L. Patterson DMin, MDiv, MHA
Ordained Clergy, Smyrna UCC
Former Director, International Parish Nurse Resource Center


P. Ann Solari-Twadell PhD, MPA, RN, FAAN
Former Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago


Katora Circle
Katora Campbell DrPH, MSN, RN-BC, CHES®
Former Executive Director, Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing


Antony Sheehan BSN, RN
President and CEO, Aspire Health Alliance



Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith, CEM


Conference CEU Credits

Continuing Education Credits

You can earn up to 16 Continuing Education Credits.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded by the Spiritual Care Association. All participants receive a certificate after the conference.

Westberg Division

Disclosure to participants:
The Spiritual Care Association Nursing Division is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Criteria for awarding contact hours: attend each session you are requesting credit for and complete the conference evaluation. A total of 16 contact hours are possible.
This presentation has no commercial support as defined by ANCC.
The content of this activity has no connection to products consumed by or used on patients, so there is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control the content of this activity.

Conference Outcome:
At the conclusion of this conference 100% of the participants will self-report a change in knowledge related to spiritual care.

National Association of Social Workers

Social Work Contact Hours are awarded by the National Association of Social Workers. This program has been submitted for approval to NASW for 16 continuing education contact hours.

University of Alabama

Continuing Medical Education (CMEs) are awarded by the University of Alabama School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education. This program has been submitted for approval of up to 16 CMEs.

Continuing Education Credits are available for distant participants.