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Caring for the Human Spirit Conference

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:00 AM - Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

Caring for the Human Spirit Conference

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Early Bird Registration (Deadline: March 10, 2014)   more info Ended $275.00 $0.00
Regular Registration (after March 10, 2014)   more info Ended $375.00 $0.00
Virtual Attendance (webcast access to the conference sessions)   more info Ended $400.00 $0.00
Early Bird Group Registration (Deadline: March 10, 2014) Ended $225.00 $0.00

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Caring for the Human Spirit Conference
Driving the Research Agenda for Spiritual Care in Health Care

March 31-April 3, 2014
New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street)
New York City

The 1st Annual Caring for the Human Spirit Conference - Sponsored by a grant from John Templeton Foundation

Join us to learn the results of six major studies – the latest, most comprehensive body of research in the field of spiritual care in
health care.

With growing recognition of the importance of spiritual care in patient-centered care, it is crucial we take a proactive role in providing evidence of its effectiveness. Take advantage of this unique opportunity. Hear from leaders in the fields of Chaplaincy, Oncology and Palliative Care.

Featured Speakers

Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD
Director, Buehler Center on Aging, Health & Society, Institute for Public Health and Medicine Buehler Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Northwestern University
Senior Vice President for Research and Education, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

Kathleen Foley, MD
Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience & Clinical Pharmacology,
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Attending Neurologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering-Cancer Center
Medical Director, International Palliative Care Initiative, Open Society Institute

Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD
Vice President, Medical Affairs, Hospice & Palliative Care, Ohiohealth
Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Palliative Medicine

Jimmie C. Holland, MD
Wayne E Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Professor of Psychiatry
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Research Presentations

  • Hospital Chaplaincy and Medical Outcomes at the End of Life. Dana Farber Cancer Institutev(Boston), Project director, Tracy Balboni, M.D. Project chaplain, Angelika Zollfrank, BCC.
  • Understanding Pediatric Chaplaincy in Crisis Situations. Children’s Mercy Hospital (Kansas City). Project director, John Lantos, M.D. Project chaplain, Dane Sommer, BCC.
  • Impact of Hospital-Based Chaplain Support on Decision-Making During Serious Illness in a Diverse Urban Palliative Care Population. Emory University (Atlanta). Project director, Tammie Quest, M.D. Project chaplain, George Grant, ACPE Supervisor.
  • Caregiver Outlook: An Evidence-Based Intervention for the Chaplain Toolkit. Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC). Project director, Karen Steinhauser. Ph.D. Project chaplain, Annette Olsen, BCC.
  • Spiritual Assessment and Intervention Model (AIM) in Outpatient Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer. . University of California, San Francisco. Project director, Laura Dunn, M.D. Project chaplain, Allison Kestenbaum, BCC.
  • “What do I do” – Developing a Taxonomy of Chaplaincy Activities and Interventions for Spiritual Care in ICU Palliative Care. Advocate Charitable Foundation & Advocate Health Care (Chicago). Project director, Kevin Massey, BCC. Co-principal investigator, William Summerfelt, Ph.D.

You will also be able to enjoy a lively poster session, reception and networking opportunities.

This event has been approved for:
22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
22 Continuing Nursing Education credit(s)
22 continuing education credits for Social Workers and other disciplines.


The 1st Spiritual Care Symposium - Download PDF ProgramDownload the conference brochure for details

Note: This important conference is designed for chaplains, physicians, nurses, social workers and other professionals interested in understanding, participating in or expanding the evidence base of spiritual care in health care.

This event and the research projects to be presented are sponsored by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation. HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and the John Templeton Foundation have combined their expertise and resources to advance the field of research in spiritual care in health care in order to improve quality of life for patients and families in distress.

For hotel reservations, call 212-410-6777, go to our hotel Healthcare Chaplaincy Network site at or contact the reservations hotline at 1-800-321-2211 and request the Healthcare Chaplaincy Network discounted rate.

Have questions about Caring for the Human Spirit Conference? Contact HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

When & Where

New York Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7:00 AM - Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™ is a national healthcare nonprofit organization that offers spiritual-related information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals, other healthcare settings, and online. Our mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research and education in order to improve the patient experience and help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning, whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. For more information, visit,  call 212-644-1111, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook. Learn more at

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