General Self-Guided Courses

Thanks to the generosity of a donor who is committed to the education of spiritual care providers, SCA is able to offer a new low price on all its courses effective August 1, 2017:  All the courses listed below are $145 each for members ($345 for non-members).

Hours

30

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

This course, is for those of all health care disciplines, settings, and roles who desire to know more about being a spiritual care generalist within their scope of practice. The course will provide an overview of spirituality and religion, the benefits of spiritual care, spiritual distress, spiritual screening, and spiritual conversations as well as core skills that can improve the interventions that generalists provide. In addition, the benefits of specialist level spiritual care and team collaboration will also be explored.

Hours

20

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

Chaplains and other health care professionals as well as spiritual care providers need demonstrated proficiency in various aspects of communication. This course will review listening skills and methods, effective verbal and non-verbal practices, group communication, conflict resolution, negotiation, and goal clarification.

Hours

25

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

Participants will learn the differences between pastoral and secular counseling, short-term counseling processes appropriate in health care settings, working with traumatic events, family systems, and grief and bereavement.

Hours

20

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

Spiritual assessment and document is central to the work of health care chaplains and all committed to the integration of spirituality into whole person health care. This course focuses on understanding the rationale, goals, and process of assessment and documentation in order to contribute effectively by identifying and incorporating patient and family beliefs, values, needs, and practices into the interdisciplinary approach to care.

Hours

35

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

This course identifies the ethical and moral challenges that occur in health care and the importance of understanding patient and family beliefs, values, cultures and preferences in resolving any conflicts. The role and contribution of the chaplain and other spiritual care providers in direct care and ethics committees will also be addressed.

Hours

25

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

Cultural competence includes self-awareness and the professional ability to assess, document, and provide interventions so that persons' beliefs, values, and practices are integrated into their plan of care. This course will also address the needs of vulnerable patient populations including persons who are non-resident aliens, LGBTQ, homeless, incarcerated, low health literate, and mentally challenged.

Hours

25

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

Chaplains and other spiritual care providers are often called upon to provide emotional and spiritual support to members of the interdisciplinary team, especially in times of crisis and stress. This course will provide information, practices, and resources on topics including compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, burnout, one-on-one and small group work and the appropriate use of ritual.

Hours

35

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

Working with pediatric patients requires unique skills in understanding children's emotional and spiritual development, reaction to illness and injury, and the child's experience of the health care setting and treatment. This module provides information on providing age-appropriate care around these topics, including providing support and care to parents, and the unique challenges of end of life care for pediatric patients.

Hours

25

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

Perinatal death is one of the most profound emotional, cognitive, psychological, spiritual, and physiological losses a mother, father, and family can suffer. This module provides an overview of the epidemiology of perinatal death, the trauma of the experience, spiritual and psychological issues, and ways in which chaplains and others committed to spirituality in health care can assist the family in their grief through ritual and other interventions.

Hours

25

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

This course will assist learners in understanding and applying concepts about dementia to their care of patients with Alzheimer's disease and other conditions in which cognition, memory, and expression are impaired. It will provide information on how chaplains and spiritual care providers can mentor and support patients and work collaboratively with families and other members of the health care team.

Hours

25

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

This module describes the process of grief, offers current theories that have relevance to assisting grieving individuals, and identifies sensitivities, skills, and tools to assist the learner in understanding particular factors in various types of loss. Also explored will be the concept of disenfranchised grief, which is a reminder that the experience of grief encompasses far more than the death of a family member or loved one

Hours

35

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

Community religious, spiritual, and existential leaders provide care to persons within their communities at all stages of life, including that of terminal illness, the process of dying, and death itself. This module addresses the various aspects of end of life care will be presented and discussed, including the dying process and physiological changes, advance care planning, conflicts that may occur between dying persons and families, palliative care, and hospice. Issues of emotional and spiritual, religious, and existential distress will be identified as well as appropriate interventions, cultural, religious, spiritual and existential practices, and care of the family.

Hours

25

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

This module, Delivery and Continuity of Care for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care will guide the learner through an overview of health care delivery and continuity of care with information, activities, and resources to increase understanding of the United States system. It will also encourage the learner to consider how chaplaincy and spiritual care is, is not, or can be delivered and continued throughout a person’s experience and health care journey. Learners will be provided with opportunities to articulate their new knowledge and consider practical ways to integrate it into their scope of practice, provision of care, best practices, and protocols as well as for consideration for quality improvement and research projects.

Hours

25

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

This module, What We Do Matters: Continuous Quality Improvement within Chaplaincy and Health Care, is designed to enable learners to be a full participant in CQI processes and to establish and sustain a CQI program for a chaplaincy or spiritual care service using Lean and Six Sigma. Participants will learn the basic language in order to recognize CQI’s underlying assumptions, language, and processes. The module will teach assumptions and language that is pretty much universal to all CQI systems and the language particular to Lean Six Sigma which is the most widely used system. Participants will learn how to set up and run simple Lean or Six Sigma projects and be able to avoid the most common mistakes in this process. Examples from hospital practice will be provided.

Hours

20

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

In 1996, the United States Congress passed The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA). This federal law was originally intended to establish three desired outcomes: a uniform standard for processing electronic healthcare claims and records across the United States; standards to protect the security of patient information; and privacy rules that all Healthcare Providers, Covered Entities, and Business Associates must follow. It is one of the most asked about and misunderstood issues in health care. This course, What to do with Information: HIPAA Compliance, gives a history of HIPAA, focuses on its implications of HIPAA for the health care industry, healthcare chaplains and spiritual care providers, and patients

Hours

20

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

Advance care planning and the completion of health care directives are an important element of a patient's plan of care, and many chaplains and spiritual care providers are involved within their setting in assisting in ACP completion and/or advocating for a person's wishes regarding their care. This module will address the characteristics of advance directives with special emphasis on best practices in having conversations with patients, families, and the other members of the health care team.

Hours

30

Course Type

Self-Guided

Course Description

Building and maintaining a chaplaincy department is the core responsibility of chaplain directors, managers, and other leaders. This module addresses the basics involved to develop a department, whether as a new director or one who wishes to ensure that the department enhances the work of chaplaincy, contributes to the organization, and meets regulatory guidelines. Through a step-by-step process this module, Building and Maintaining a Chaplaincy Department, provides the student with resources and samples of the details to be addressed, including planning and implementation.

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