July 23, 2018

Training Spiritual Generalists

Photo by Randall Armor
Photo by Randall Armor

Training Spiritual Care Generalists

Wendy Cadge (Brandeis University), Sara Paasche-Orlow (Hebrew SeniorLife), Rev. Mary Martha Thiel (Hebrew SeniorLife), Qiang Zhang (Brandeis University), Julia Bandini (Brandeis University), Carol Damm (Brandeis University)

Funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

This project is expanding the spiritual care generalist workshop developed by the Boston Children’s Hospital’s Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice (IPEP) for geriatrics practitioners. The Interprofessional Spiritual Care team is developing the materials required to train “spiritual generalists” for geriatric caregivers and trained nearly 75 caregivers in an interprofessional setting. These caregivers are now poised to deliver care to the more than 3,000 seniors receiving long-term care at HSL. An article is forthcoming about the training and its effects; Cadge, Paasche-Orlow, and Thiel are collaborating with another colleague skilled in distance learning to  deliver these online to geriatric clinicians outside of the greater Boston area. This project is supported by a grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

Co-Primary Investigators
Wendy Cadge, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University

Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow, Director of Spiritual Care, Hebrew SeniorLife

Rev. Mary Martha Thiel, Director of CPE, Hebrew SeniorLife