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April 15, 2015 
Volume 12 No. 4

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Help petition Congress on the value of professional health care chaplaincy

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is collecting signatures for a petition that will be disseminated to members of Congress.  It explains why and how professional health care chaplains cost-effectively improve patient and family experience and satisfaction with their health care.  We urge you to read the statement and sign the petition here In addition, share the weblink with your professional network and everyone you know (does not need to be chaplains) who support the statement as well as promote on social media.  The deadline for signatures is May 1, 2015.




The Pioneer Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Health Care will be presented to two guest speakers:

Richard Payne MD and Larry VandeCreek DMin

All are welcome.

To attend in person, register here.  For live broadcase, listen live via Live 365 Internet Radio here.


Ask the Chaplain is a feature which gives PlainViews® readers the opportunity to learn about their chaplaincy colleagues and share their thoughts about what they believe is important in today's chaplaincy practice.  Participants are being sought on an ongoing basis to share their insight and wisdom.  Questions are provided that can be answered by writing out your responses or by participating in a telephone interview.  If you are interested in participating, you can find more information - including the questions - here.



 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 July 15.  Go here for more information.




Dignity Training Workshop led by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov.

June 3-5, 2015 in Winnepeg, Canada.

More information here.