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NHPCO Webinar - Assessment of Spiritual Suffering

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

October 11, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

Just as physical pain signals an injury to the physical body, spiritual suffering can be seen as an indication that one or more spiritual needs is threatened or going unmet. Spiritual suffering is often found clearly in hospice and palliative care when individuals are unable to find sources of meaning, hope, love, peace, comfort, strength and connection in life. This Webinar will explore the components of spiritual distress, ways in which to assess for its presence, identify interventions to be incorporated into the work of the chaplain and other members of the interdisciplinary team, and suggest appropriate documentation in the patient plan of care.

Webinar Objectives

At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe ways in which spiritual suffering can be experienced including the impact of variation in religious, spiritual, and cultural background and experience
  • Articulate a method by which a spiritual assessment can include the elements of identifying and measuring spiritual suffering
  • Discuss interventions for spiritual suffering that can be employed by the spiritual care provider, documented in the patient chart, and addressed collaboratively with other members of the interdisciplinary team


Sue Wintz, MDiv, APBCC, BCC

Sue is the Director for Professional and Community Education at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and the Director of Education for the Spiritual Care Association, overseeing the SCA online learning center. Sue has over 35 years of clinical, administrative, writing, educational design, development, and teaching experience in the provision of professional chaplaincy and spiritual care. She has worked in and contributed to numerous health care and community settings as well as serving as an expert advisor and contributor to intradisciplinary professional organizations and projects, most recently as a member of the writing group for the National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th Edition, which are scheduled for publication on October 31, 2018. Sue is an advance practice board certified member of the Spiritual Care Association. She is also is a board certified member and past president of the Association of Professional Chaplains who, in 2013 gave her its highest honor, the Anton Boisen Professional Service Award. She joined HealthCare Chaplaincy Network in 2010.

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than counselor, nurse and physician, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form.

*including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.

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