2018 Fall Education Summary

The meeting convened at Camp Caraway, Sophia, North Carolina on November 8, 2018.  The meeting was rescheduled from October due to hurricane damage and threats.  For attendees who arrived early, there was an excellent dinner, fire pit, games, and refreshments.  It was an evening of fellowship and relaxation.  Pictured at left, NCCA member, Rona Watson shows her mad Operation skills while David Long observes.

Vice President-Elect, Rebekah Ramsey, opened the meeting with a ceremony representing the release of those tensions participants brought, recognizing that many were affected by the recent hurricane.  Rocks were picked up to represent our tensions.  They were placed in a jug of water to represent burying tensions that could keep us from being fully present in the meeting.

Our speaker, Chaplain Stephen B. Roberts, BCC, is a Past President of the Neshama Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) and served on the board for almost a decade.  Responding to the 9/11 terror attacks, he was the first Spiritual Care Officer overseeing the provision of Spiritual Care through national ARC’s SAIR team in New York City and then helped oversee the program as the Senior Volunteer from December 2001-May 2002.  Rabbi Roberts is a Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Disaster Chaplaincy Services.

Chaplain Roberts’ publications include: “Compassion Fatigue Among Chaplains, Clergy, and Other Respondents After September 11th” [Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease; November 2003] and Jewish Pastoral Care in Wake of a Disaster [Book Chapter—Jewish Pastoral Care—A Practical Handbook].

Over the last decade, Rabbi Roberts has worked very closely with the leadership of the Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, and other groups on a variety of critical chaplaincy leadership projects including helping create The Spiritual Care Collaborative; co-overseeing and co-guiding the process leading to the Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy, Common Code of Ethics for Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, Pastoral Educators and Students; participating in the approval of The White Paper. Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts presently serves as leader of the Temple of the High Country, Boone, NC.  He also functions as an Adjunct Chaplain with Watauga Valley Medical Center.

Session I:  Interactive Learning on Trauma and Professional Caregiving

Chaplain Roberts shared the key principles of Disaster Spiritual Care.  He based his training on his experiences and the experiences of others he has known who have experienced traumatic events.  He shared that most people do find a new balance without outside help.  The role of the spiritual care provider in a disaster is not to shelter victims, but to help them draw upon their own spiritual, religious, and emotional resources in the midst of their pain.  Their goal is to provide sensitive spiritual and emotional care to affected individuals and families by respecting a person’s culture, religious tradition, and faith commitments.

Session II:  Chaplain Roberts’ Reflections on Undergoing Personal Trauma

 

Chaplain Robert’s shared his personal experience with 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy.  He spoke of the “Heroic,” “Honeymoon” (community cohesion), “Disillusionment” (coming to terms), and “Reconstruction” (a new beginning) phases of personal trauma.

 

 

Business Session

Between Session II and III, the NCCA conducted a membership meeting.  Rebekah Ramsey was nominated to serve as Vice President.  No second needed since the recommendation came from the Nominating Committee.  She was unanimously approved to serve.

It was reported that the NCCA now has co-chairs with the intention of working together for a year and then one chair rolling off to maintain continuity.  A bio of the Co-Chairs and Officers of the NCCA can be found on the website.

Sara Stratton and TeresaMarie Vilagos presented information on the Journal Club available to NCCA members.  It meets every other month on the 2ndMonday of the month.  To join, please email admincoordinator@ncchaplains.com.  Your email will be forwarded to Sara and Terri so that you will be added to a meeting planner.

The club is looking for articles to present and people to present those articles. There is a template form for discussion. The goal of the group is to better understand research and gain comfort in research.  The group also meets the research CEU requirement for the APC.  In January, several research articles will be sent out for people to choose one they would like to present for discussion.

Session III:  The Use of Self in Professional Trauma Care—Integration Seminar

Chaplain Roberts shared the following insights.

  • In our lives there is commonly a difference between “bad/traumatic” periods and times and “challenging” periods and times. The group considered “bad” traumatic periods vs. “challenging” times and shared examples of these times with another person.
  • We may “relearn” different spiritual/ emotional lessons during our “bad” times and our “challenging” times. The group shared lessons learned from both situations.
  • We often use different spiritual tools during “bad” and “challenging” periods in our lives—of which we are often unaware.   Reading uplifting books including Scripture, cursing or feeling you have been cursed, spending time with friends and family, spiritual numbness, prayer and journaling. The group was challenged to identify the tools we used during our “bad” and “challenging” trauma.
  • We often use different prayers and prayer formats during “traumatic/ bad” periods in our lives of which we are often unaware unless pointed out to us.
  • After each period, upon reflection, we often learned something significant and new.Our job as spiritual leaders are to help those with whom we are working to move to this point of reflection.

 

Chaplain Roberts gave us this excerpt from Disaster Spiritual Care, 2ndEd.:  Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional and National Tragedy, edited by Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts and Rev. Willard W.C. Ashley, Sr., published by SkyLight Paths Publishing.

Disaster Spiritual Care Wisdom Sayings:

  • No one who “witnesses” a disaster is untouched by it.
  • Self-Care—Practice self-care and seek the support of others.
  • Basics—Meet the basic needs (food, water, shelter, and medical).
  • Diversity—Recognize the unknown god in diversity, spiritual care should be uniquely tailored to community or individual.
  • Connections—Healing happens within human relationships.
  • I and Thou—Ministry of presence, listening, struggle with victims as they ask questions.
  • Practical Tools—Spiritual assessment tool, “How are you doing?” Ritual is an effective means of healing.

Chaplain Roberts also shared an article, Disaster Spiritual Care, developed by the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Points of Consensus which was written to inform, encourage, and affirm those who respond to disasters.

Evaluations of the conference were sent to attendees for whom email addresses were available, using survey monkey.  If you wish to receive the evaluation survey and did not, please contact Wanda, admincoordinator@ncchaplains.com.

The NCCA looks forward to our Spring Conference, April 2-4, 2019 at the Trinity Center in Pine Knolls Shores, NC.  We will focus on Ethics in the Healthcare System and how it impacts our work as professional chaplains.  Deb Love, Sr. Director of Bioethics, Spiritual Care, and Healing Arts with Novant Health, will lead our discussion.  Greg Robins, PA, with Palliative Care, will also aid in our understanding of the ethical implications around the end of life.  Look for an announcement of open registration by email.

Chaplains from New Hanover Regional Medical Center were all smiles at Fall Education Day.

 

Announcements Posted at the Fall Meeting

  • Chaplain Rebekah Ramsey announced approval from Novant Health Leadership to move forward to seek Pre-Accreditation status with ACPE to start a CPE Residency Program in the Fall of 2019 at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.Contact: Ramsey@novanthealth.org
  • Suzanne Franklin-Kent from Cone Health-Alamance Regional Medical Center announced that they have four open residency positions beginning in mid-January 2019. They are currently interviewing for these positions.  Contact:  Suzanne.franklin@conehealth.com
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center announced that they are alive and well after the storms.David Long reports that they have a 3-year vision to continue CPE with first and second year residents. Contact:  long@nhrmc.org
  • There is an immediate opening for a Hospice Chaplain at Community Home Care and Hospice in Clayton, NC. It is a 24-hour a week job.  Details can be found on Indeed.com.  Contact: philliphare1@gmail.com

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Register For Fall Conference (new date), November 7-8, 2018

 

Due to Hurricane Michael’s visit to NC, registration for our new Fall Education date is open for Fall Conference 2018 at Caraway Conference Center in Sophia, NC!

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Click here for a downloadable flyer of the event to print, post or share.

 

The conference facilitator is Chaplain Stephen B Roberts, BCC, Past President of the Neshama Association of Jewish Chaplains with service on the Board for almost a decade.  Responding to the 9/11 terror attacks, he was the first Spiritual Care Officer overseeing the provision of Spiritual Care through national American Red Cross’s Spiritual Care Aviation Incident Response Team in New York City and then helped oversee the program as the Senior Volunteer from December 2001-May 2002.  Rabbi Roberts is a Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Disaster Chaplaincy Services.

Over the last decade, Rabbi Roberts has worked very closely with the leadership of the Association of Professional Chaplains, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, and other groups on a variety of critical chaplaincy leadership projects.  Rabbi Roberts was part of  helping to create The Spiritual Care Collaborative; co-overseeing and co-guiding the process leading to the Common Standards for Professional Chaplaincy, Common Code of Ethics for Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, Pastoral Educators and Students; and participating in the approval of The White Paper.

Rabbi Roberts presently serves as leader of the Temple of the High Country, Boone, NC.  He also functions as an Adjunct Chaplain with Watauga Valley Medical Center.

 

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

7:00 pm – Pre-Conference Fellowship Event

Join your NCCA friends for board/card games and refreshments

 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

8:00 am – Registration Opens

8:45 am – Greetings, Welcome, Spiritual Reflection

9:00 am – Session I: Interactive Learning on Trauma and Professional Caregiving

10:45 am – Session II: Chaplain Roberts’ Reflections on Undergoing Personal Trauma

12:00 pm – Lunch

12:45 pm – NCCA Business Meeting

1:00 pm – Session III:The Use of Self in Professional Trauma Care Integration Seminar

2:30 pm – Evaluation and Wrap Up

 

A total of 4.25 contact hours will be offered.  Registrations accepted through September 28.  Late or cancelled registrations will incur a fee.  Please note that NCCA conferences are held at retreat centers, so please be prepared to bring along necessary toiletries or personal items.

 

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NCCA Supports Spiritual Care Week 2018

Spiritual Care Week 2018October 21-27, 2018

The theme for Spiritual Care Week in 2018 is “Hospitality – Cultivating Time.”

Spiritual care has a wonderful history of cultures and religions that build communities’ sense of support and meaning. This year’s theme continues the emphasis on hospitality with a focus on cultivating time. The welcoming and belonging associated with hospitality require time that is treated as precious in developing relationships.

This nurturing of connections requires an attitude of listening and appreciation. For those involved in the task-oriented dimensions of health and support, there is a temptation to achieve the quantitative dimensions of the profession and miss the depth of relationships that requires time.

Time allows the cared-for to express the real problem, the deeper implications and the meaning or despair that is felt at a soulful level.

Cultivating and nurturing time is a challenge in an age of instantaneous communication and multiple sources of connection. Human presence flows back and forth – it takes time for mutuality and trust to develop.  Cultivating time conveys to the recipient a treasuring of them as a person no matter what they are going through. We hope that this year you might appreciate even more the time taken in spiritual care which conveys preciousness and healing at every stage of life.

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Spiritual Care Week/Pastoral Care Week is hosted by The COMISS Network: The Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings.  The first Pastoral Care Week was held in October 1985. Since then it has grown beyond national to international proportions. The celebration of Pastoral Care Week provides an opportunity for chaplains and pastoral care counselors, educators and providers to share their story and to celebrate various ministries. More specifically, the established objectives of the Pastoral Care Week Committee outline the scope of Pastoral Care Week observance:

  • To celebrate the education for and practice of spiritual care through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling.
  • To interpret and promote pastoral care.
  • To honor and celebrate all practitioners of pastoral care.
  • To express appreciation to institutions and their staff who support pastoral care ministries.
  • To publicize the work of pastoral care organizations affiliated with COMISS.
  • To promote continuing education for clergy, laity, and institutional employees regarding the value of pastoral care.

Each year a new theme brings to the light a certain aspect of pastoral care as a focus. A new theme invites us to new and creative ways to tell the story of pastoral care.

 

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Profile of Janice Wakefield, NCCA’s Newest Emeritus Member

At the annual meeting of the North Carolina Chaplains’ Association in May of 2018, Janice Wakefield was approved by the membership as an Emeritus Member.  This award includes the honor of free membership and meeting attendance.

Janice has been a member of NCCA for approximately 35 years.  She served the group as “Archivist” from 1984 to 1986.  During this time she wrote a history of the organization.  She served as Treasurer 1986 to 1988.  From there she move to the presidency of NCCA in 1988 to 1990.

Janice and Janet Forrest presented a program for the spring meeting a number of years ago.  Janice believes it was called Nuts and Bolts of Building a Palliative Care Program.

Janice did her first unit of CPE during seminary at what was known then as Louisville General Hospital.  Her residence was done at what is now Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Her first job after her residency was at Wesley Long Hospital.  She served there for 12 years.  She served as a Clinical Chaplain at High Point Regional Medical Center for the remainder of her career and retired earlier this year.

Congratulations to Janice on her successful career as chaplain and thanks for her service to NCCA.

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NCCA 2018 Spring Conference In Review

The Spring Conference of the North Carolina Chaplain’s Association (NCCA) was held on Lake Norman at Camp Dogwood, Sherrills Ford, NC on Wednesday, May 2 to Friday May 4, 2018.  It was great to see so many friends and to have a chance to catch up with what is going on in their lives.

The meeting began Wednesday evening with a pre-conference session by Melanie Childers on navigating the board certification process.  This was an opportunity for more support and guidance for those working on their certification.  The alternative was a pre-conference fellowship with refreshments and board games.  Chaplain Bob Riley reported that he enjoyed this unstructured time for fellowship with friends and the opportunity to create new relationships.

The conference began on Thursday with a centering time presented by Chaplain Anita Harvin of Gaston Hospice.  This was followed by three sessions on Keeping Pace with the Changing Culture.  The presenter Ralph (R.J.) Gore, Jr. D.Min, Ph.D. is a retired Army  Chaplain, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a Professor of Systematic Theology and Ministry at Erskine Theological Seminary and Dean at Trinity College and Erskine Seminary.

Session 1:  Theology and Culture in Dialogue (Traditionalist and Progressive)

Session 2:  Millennials, Mega-Change, and the Final Generation

Session 3:  Ethics:  Immanent or Transcendent

On Friday morning, Chaplain Gore presented a very thought provoking case study.  We were challenged to see how what we learned could be applied.  This resulted in a rich discussion by the group with many expressing their own opinions and feelings.  Consequently, this carried over into a post conference executive meeting where we were discussed the need to create a safe place for discussion for all NCCA members who come from many different backgrounds.

The business meeting was held between sessions on Thursday with President Cynthia Vaughan presiding.

  • Minutes for the previous meeting were read and approved
  • The new Executive Committee structure with co-chairs for each position was presented
  • Updates to the By-Law were approved by Melanie Childers
  • The continuation of the NCCA Journal Club was announced by Sara Stratton and Terri Vilagos, Co-Chairs. The Journal Club meets bi-monthly by Skype or phone.
  • The nomination procedure was explained by President Cynthia Vaughan. Empty positions were detailed (Vice President, Co-chairs of Recruitment and Advocacy).  Those interested were asked to contact Cynthia Vaughan or Greg McClain
  • Chaplain Janice Wakefield was nominated and approved as an Emeritus Member
  • The 2018 budget was reviewed and approved
  • Greg McClain was introduced as President for the next two years.

The Awards Banquet on Thursday night was a highlight of the conference.  Attendees enjoyed the ambiance of beautifully decorated tables in the dining room.  Each centerpiece reminded us of our “higher calling”.  Chaplain Walt Windley (Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region) led the group in a trivia game that encouraged teams to work together for answers.  Congratulations to Cynthia Vaughan who retired from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington in 2017.  Congratulations to Janice Wakefield, retired from High Point Regional Medical Center, who was honored as an Emeritus Member of the NCCA.

During the meeting the Communications Committee offered a survey to assess the best method of connecting with our membership.  For the members present almost 100% use email daily so it seems to indicate that is the preferred method.  Other members of the NCCA will be surveyed by another method in the near future.

The conference ended on Friday with a Memorial Service.  Each person lit a candle in memory of family, friends and colleagues who have died.  It was a cathartic time for many and hopefully this facilitated healing.

Thanks to all who worked to make this meeting special and to those who participated.

We look forward to seeing you at Fall Education Day on October 11, 2018 at Camp Caraway where Chaplain Stephen Roberts will be our speaker.  He is focusing on crisis response in both large emergencies and in community crisis. He will include elements of PTSD effects and personal coping as a chaplain who deals with “taking in” the grief and pain of others.

 

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