Current Issue

June 21, 2017 
Volume 14 No. 6

Open Access

Special Topic Issues


Grow with the Online Learning Center for Professional Education.  Courses are currently available for chaplains, nurses, social workers, chaplaincy students, and other spiritual care providers.  For more information and a list of available courses, visit the website.





The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, a scope of practice, and a knowledge base for spiritual care in health care.  For more information, visit the Spiritual Care Association website.




The Fellowship and CPE Curriculum Development Grant online applications to integrate research literacy into programs is open on the Transforming Chaplaincy website. 32 grants will be awarded in the second cycle of grants selected in 2017. For more information on how to begin an application, go here.

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