Spiritual Generalist Training for Healthcare Clinicians

A partnership between the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, Union Theological Seminary, and Brandeis University

Share with clinicians, department leaders, and those who schedule continuing education! CE hours are available for some participants.

Next course start: February 12, 2024

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. 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’ health care 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

Course fee: $350 for individual learners. Contact the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab for institutional cohort arrangements.

The six-week course consists of four modules. Participants will be introduced to the modules through videos and interactive exercises, and then be asked to reflect on and practice these skills through asynchronous discussions. Private assignments are utilized to foster individual reflection in weeks 2, 3, and 4.

NYU Meyers College of Nursing Center for Continuing Nursing Professional Development is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This course will provide six (6) continuing nursing professional development contact hours.

More details on cost and registration are available here.

Registration questions may be directed to Michael Skaggs, Lab Director of Programs, at mskaggs@brandeis.edu.