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Spiritual Generalist Training for Healthcare Clinicians

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The spiritual care generalist course trains healthcare workers to better understand the significance of spirituality for many patients, be able to conduct basic spiritual assessments and provide referrals to chaplains — “spiritual specialists” — when warranted. The course is asynchronous and facilitated by a senior spiritual care provider.

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By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Incorporate spiritual care at the generalist level into clinical roles as  health caregivers
  • Recognize how spirituality affects patients’/families’ healthcare decisions and values regarding care
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries in spiritual care with patients
  • Document patients’ spiritual screens and generalist-level spiritual care plan in their charts in order to work as a team with other health caregivers to support a patient/family spiritually
  • Understand the role of spirituality in the participants’ professional life
  • Apply the concept of compassionate presence to clinical care

How is the course conducted?

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York hosts the online course on its learning management system, in which you will be enrolled as a user. While the course is asynchronous, its requirements must be completed within 6 weeks. A trained facilitator will evaluate all of your work, which includes discussion board activities and personal reflections, and be available for consultation. Additionally, optional Zoom sessions will be held with the facilitator at the start and conclusion of the course. For more information on enrollment, contact David Gastwirth, Union Vice President of Online Education and Learning Innovation, at [email protected].

How much does the course cost?

The course fee is $350 for individual learners; your fee will be paid to Union Theological Seminary. If your institution would like to explore group enrollment as a cohort, you may direct enterprise questions to Michael Skaggs, Chaplaincy Innovation Lab Director of Programs, at [email protected].

Next Cohort Launches in Fall 2024 – Check Back in August for Dates

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For nurses, 6 continuing nursing professional development contact hours are available through this course, provided by NYU Meyers College of Nursing Center for Continuing Nursing Professional Development.

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