NCCA Blog Regarding Continuing Education

June 30, 2020

During this time of concern and uncertainty, Continuing Education is still on our list of priorities. The required 50 hours of CE needed for maintenance of certification looms ahead of us. Below are some suggestions the North Carolina Chaplains’ Association has gathered to help you accomplish this requirement for 2020. We are also exploring virtual ways of meeting for education and connection.

BCCI (professional

Note that the BCCI has provided 5 webinars for free until July 15, 2020 at their website, professional (click “5 webinars” to access).

  1. The Effects of Trauma Exposure on Chaplains Presented by Alexandra Zareth, MDiv, BCC
  2. Caring for the Caregiver: Reducing the Stress of Vicarious Trauma Presented by Nancy Lynch, MDiv, MBA, BCC; Dena L. Mitchell, BSN, RN, CPON; and Shari Racut, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC
  3. Beyond the Traumatic Experience Presented by Rev. Steven Spidell, BCC, CCTP
  4. The Value of Existential Pain: An Opportunity to Focus on What is Really Important Presented by Fred Grewe, DMin, BCC
  5. Self-Care is Essential: Refueling Your Energy for Ministry Presented by Roberta Sonsaray White, MDiv

The BCCI has provided a list of resources at professional  Log in is required for these resources. 

APC Facebook Discussion Page

APC COVID-19 Round-table Zoom calls (see individual sessions for details)

A Quick Guide to Providing Telechaplaincy Services

Chaplains in the Midst of the COVID-19 Crisis
by The Rev. Paul Yoon, BCC 

Healing the Healers Special Edition – Hospital Chaplains on Spiritual Frontlines during COVID-19 (website is in German, google translate compatible)

ERICH News – April 2020

UC San Diego Health – COVID-19 Resource for Healthcare Workers
– Note: We are happy for anyone/any institution to use and make it their own.  The institution logo and pager number can be swapped out of the “heading” to customize.  Thank you all for the amazing work you are doing in your corners.  
   Allison Kestenbaum, MA, MPA, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator
   Supervisor of CPE Program & Palliative Care Chaplain 

NPR Interview with Chaplain Mike Yonkers BCC

Notes on the ethical framework for a pandemic – PDF

Proposed Emergency/ICU Triage Protocol based on Jewish Values

COVID-19 Language/Word Choice Guide

Chaplaincy Innovation Lab:
– CIL – Webinar recording on Telechaplaincy
– CIL – Resources for encountering coronavirus

Transforming Chaplaincy

Article from The Times of Israel – “While working remotely, chaplains aim to give COVID-19 patients rare human touch”

You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup: Why Clinicians’? Spiritual Health Matters in the Time of COVID-19 by Elizabeth J. Berger MS APBCC

Chaplains & COVID in the Media:

NPR Interview with Chaplain Mike Yonkers BCC

NYT – Men and Women Who Run Toward the Dying

Self Care Resources: 

Decompress Podcast by Tony Black

Speciality Resources:

HHS COVID-19 HIPPA Limited Waiver Bulletin

National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care

FEMA Emergency Managment Institute – Self Instruction courses

Ventilator – Emergency Expansion Device from Prisma Health – VESper

Healthcare Resources:

COVID-19 Global Cases from CSSE at Johns Hopikins University

CDC – Stress and Coping

COVID-19 Data Center – Johns Hopkins University

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) COVID-19 Projections


The BCCI is offering us the opportunity to write about our pandemic experiences for credit hours of CE:

For 2020 you may earn 15 hours of continuing education by submitting a brief 1-3 page reflection on your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some suggestions to get you started:

·         What have you learned through this pandemic?

·         How have you processed the anxiety and stress?

·         How have you cared for yourself?

·         Summarize your journal. 

·         Share your creative writing.

·         Memorialize those we have lost.

·         Share lessons for the future.

Your reflections will not be “graded” or looked at to make sure they are done the “right” way. We have all learned way more than can be accounted for during this time, whether you served on the front lines of a hospital in a major city, or if you were furloughed from your position at a rehab facility, and we want to give you the opportunity to get credit for that education through these reflections.

If you would like to have your reflection shared, send as a pdf file to A limited number will be selected to be added to our resource page as a way for us as a community to capture this moment and what it meant to our profession.
When you fill out your report at the end of the year, you will log 15 hours of CE under methodology 2 (Writing) and include your written reflection at the end/bottom of your CE report. That’s it.  No other requirements.  Just capture your thoughts and share with us.

The Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy

The Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy offers these articles which may be accessed by the link in the document attached:

Adults with cystic fibrosis: spiritual coping with lifelong disease
Daniel H. Grossoehme, Adam G. Cole, Katrina Lewis, Sophia M. Stamper, Alexis Teeters & Patricia M. Joseph
Pages: 45-57 | DOI: 10.1080/08854726.2020.1713647 

National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, Fourth Edition: Why is This Important to Chaplains?
George F. Handzo, Mary-Margaret Atkinson & Susan K. Wintz
Pages: 58-71 | DOI: 10.1080/08854726.2019.1582212

Prevalence of Journal Clubs: A Survey of Clinical Pastoral Education Residencies in the United States
David Fleenor, Karen Terry, Vanshdeep Sharma & Deborah Marin
Pages: 72-86 | DOI: 10.1080/08854726.2019.1582210

The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, with the generous work of Dr. Shelly Rambo and Ylisse Cheney Bess, has compiled Spiritual Care Resources for Religious Holidays with ideas for celebrating the holy days of Easter, Passover and Ramadan even when coming together in person isn’t possible.

Also, The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab has wealth of free webinars and an archive of chaplaincy articles available on their web site:

We at NCCA hope this gathering of information makes your Continuing Education for 2020 a little easier.  Please practice self-care and be safe until we meet again, maybe online for the fall meeting.

~ Ellen Abercrombie, NCCA Communications Committee

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