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September 16, 2015 
Volume 12 No. 9

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 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.





























































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Courses presented by the California State University Institute for Palliative Care and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network:

Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate in Palliative Care  - Fully online 9 week course.  Next cohort begins January 13, 2016.  Go here for more information.


ADVANCED Spirituality Practice in Palliative Care Certificate - Fully online 7 week course.   Next cohort begins January 27, 2016.  Go here for more information.






The Compassionate Bereavement Care Certification®

INTENSIVE FOUR-DAY training program; 30 CEUs

Better prepares providers dealing with perinatal/death, homicide, suicide, and traumatic losses in general to minimize vicarious trauma and improve outcomes for providers and their clients/patients.  

Upcoming opportunties with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore presenting:

Sedona, Arizona:  October 15-18, 2015.

Space is limited.