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Spiritual Care for the Non-Religious

September 7, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

Caring for the religious, spiritual, and/or existential (R/S/E) needs of those in our care is now a priority for whole-person care that research tells us we must not avoid. Many in healthcare are navigating a learning curve when faced with religious needs, but that curve can become even steeper when patients and families do not follow a traditional and organized religion with set rituals and prescribed beliefs to which care providers may easily point. Increasing our ability to hear existential angst and pain even when it is not expressed in decidedly religious language is crucial to our ability to care well. This Webinar will improve that ability for all disciplines and provide strategies for compassionately intervening to meet the needs of persons of all spiritual, and even non-theistic, beliefs and views. 

Webinar Objectives

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

  • Discuss the difference between religious, spiritual, and non-theistic beliefs
  • Identify the signs of spiritual and existential distress expressed beyond decidedly religious language
  • Apply interventions appropriate for those who do not follow a particular religion or even hold a theistic spiritual belief


Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham, MA, MDiv, PhD, CTRT

Carla served as a Spiritual Care Counselor and Bereavement Coordinator for hospices in Austin, Texas for over a decade. She is now Principal and Lead Trainer for Carla Cheatham Consulting Group, LLC, which trains professional caregivers of all disciplines and helps agencies grow healthy, effective teams. Carla is the Section Leader for the Spiritual Caregivers Section for NCHPP, which provides resources, education, and networking regarding Spiritual Care for NHPCO members. She is an Adjunct Professor for the Seminary of the Southwest and an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Maryland for their MS in Palliative Care. After receiving her MA in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University, Carla began her career in social services, working in both direct care and management in child and family therapy, substance abuse treatment, crisis counseling, therapeutic outdoor education, team building, and as a Qualified Mental Retardation Professional. Carla received her PhD in Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University, where she taught and researched, focusing largely on the interaction between spirituality and health. Carla received her MDiv at Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology and is an ordained minister. She is the author of Hospice Whispers: Stories of Life, designed to increase persons’ understanding of and comfort with hospice services, and its companion volume, Sharing Our Stories: A Hospice Whispers Grief Support Workbook, as well as a guest blogger for HospiceTimes.com.

Counselor: The National Hospice and Palliative Care has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6232. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHPCO is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

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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