Education ~

Our educational events not only allow professional chaplains and students to socialize and network, but also earn beneficial CEU Credits.  Earn additional CEUs by attending the Spring Annual Meeting, April 17-19!
Please be sure to read the Spring Newsletter to learn about current events including our upcoming Annual Meeting, and then stop by the Membership section to apply for or renew your membership.
We look forward to seeing you soon!



Free Online Psychological First Aid Training with 6 CEUs

NC Department of Health and Human Services,
Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services

Psychological First Aid (National Child Traumatic Stress Network) may be accessed free, with 6 CEUs available.

Access the course here:


National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 16, 2013

Every year now for six years, the country has celebrated National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16th. This is an opportunity for people to learn about advance directives and to encourage them to have the conversation about the need for these documents. In North Carolina, there are events held across the state. The sponsors of National Healthcare Decision Day are also working toward getting more information specific to NC on the national website. If you have events you would like to share on the NHDD website or on our Facebook Page, please post or email Tanya Roberts, MSW, NHDD State Liaison at


Bringing Advance Care Planning to Life: New Initiatives for North Carolina

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Time: TBA
Wait Chapel / Wingate Hall
Wake Forest University, Reynolda Campus
Winston-Salem, NC

A regional, multi-hospital/university sponsored one-day event featuring the best speakers in the country on revolutionizing Advance Care Planning. Sponsored by Wake Forest School of Medicine, Northwest AHEC, Forsyth Medical Center, High Point Regional Health System, and Hospice and Palliative Care Center

  • First plenary speaker: Ellen Goodman, former columnist with the Boston Globe, is lead spokesperson for the Conversation Project, a National sponsor (with IHI connections) to provide structured conversations IN THE COMMUNITY for families and loved ones to discuss issues related to health care wishes;
  • Second plenary speaker: Dr. Bernard ‘Bud’ Hammes, architect of the very successful ACP program in LaCrosse WI (where 95% of persons at end of life have a documented advance care plan on the chart, that is found and followed more than 98% of the time!!), will speak about making ACP work in a medical center system
  • Afternoon plenary: Presentation of a simplified Advance Care Document that represents the work of a joint committee from Novant Health, KBR Hospice/ Community Partnership, High Point Regional Health System, Cone Health, and several community attorneys. The document is now a total of 5 pages (2 pages of instruction; 1 page LW; 1 page HCPoA; 1 page notary/ signature) at the 8th grade level instead of two documents that total more than 12 pages and are quite challenging to read.

Save the Date flyer: Advance Care Planning Conference

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Annual Educational Offerings from the NCCA

Please click here to register for the Spring Conference!

One of the core values and purposes of the North Carolina Chaplains Association is providing opportunities for education tailored to the needs of chaplains in varied institutional settings.  Twice a year professional chaplains throughout the region are invited to gather together for the purpose of improving ministerial practice through education.  CEU credits are offered for each gathering.

  • Our Fall Education Day is a one-day event, usually held in October each year, providing three to four sessions on one topic.  This is a day long educational experience covering topics pertinent to the field of chaplaincy and pastoral care. Last year’s topic covered Family System’s Theory offered in three seminar style segments. Past topics have included pastoral care for Oncology patients, sharing our story as chaplains, and caring for returning war veterans, just to name a few. This Fall education day is tailored to provide continuing education to chaplains ranging from interns to seasoned pofessional staff, no easy feat to tackle! The day offers an opportunity for colleagues from around the state to reconnect with one another in a relaxing retreat setting, and you will receive 4.5 CEUs.
  • Our Spring Conference is a two-day gathering, generally held in late April, combining education with business sessions for the NCCA.  The Spring conference is often a mixture of clinical and/or pastoral educational seminars with CEU credits given, and self-care or spiritual focus. Past conference topics include the power of narrative in pastoral care, pathways to spiritual well-being, and grounded in wisdom(featuring several speakers with a long history in pastoral care and chaplaincy). Since the Spring Conference lasts for two days, there are opportunities to connect or network with chaplains from other parts of the state and with those who may work in the same capacity in their institutions. The Spring conference is also a time to honor one of our fellow colleagues as Chaplain of the Year.