Current Issue

January 21, 2015 
Volume 12 No. 1

Welcome to PlainViews®

PlainViews'® mission is to translate knowledge and skills into effective chaplaincy practice and care for the human spirit.  

PlainViews® is a publication of the Healthcare Chaplaincy Network® (HCCN). PlainsViews® helps support the work of HCCN by publishing scholarly works, articles and studies at the intersection of health care and spiritual care, advancing best practices, and providing information about educational events, publications and course work of interest to practitioners. HCCN provides spiritual care to the critically and chronically infirmed, along with their caregivers, whoever they are, wherever they are, whatever they believe; and strives to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research and education both online and off. 

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In 1988, Congress declared February 3 Four Chaplains Day to commemorate the sacrificial heroism of four military chaplains that enabled many men on the USAT Dorchester to survive a torpedo attack. In honor of their sacrifice and the work of other military chaplains, the January 21, 2105 issue of PlainViews includes articles about care for active, guard, reserve military and veterans and their loved ones.



Coming February 3, 2015

Spiritual and emotional support for veterans, currently serving, and their family and friends

- whoever you are, whatever you believe, wherever you are.





   Mental Health Fundamentals in Spiritual Care —

What Everyone in Palliative Care Should Know


Fully Online 6-Week Course for chaplains, community religious leaders, physicians, nurses and     other professionals who work with or encounter populations with challenging mental health issues.  Next cohort begins February 2, 2015.   Go here for more information.







 Meet the PlainViews Staff


Sue Wintz, MDiv BCC is the managing editor of Plainviews® and Director, Professional and Community Education at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.  She has over 30 years of clinical, administrative, educational design, development and teaching experience in the provision of professional chaplaincy and spiritual care in health care and congregational settings. She 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. Sue joined HealthCare Chaplaincy in 2010. 




Marian Betancourt is associate editor of PlainViews and a professional writer and editor who has published many books including What to Do When Love Turns Violent, published in 2001 by HarperCollins. The New York Times called it “the best single resource.” It is now available as an ebook.













Open Access Issues

Special Topics


Baylor College of Medicine Intensive Bioethics Course Learn more here.










Dignity Training Workshop led by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov.

June 3-5, 2015 in Winnepeg, Canada.

More information here.