By becoming a member of The Chaplain Connection®, you will have a wide variety of educational resources, networking opportunities and self-care techniques to advance your professional practice.
This site can help you answer these questions and many more:
What tools are available for spiritual assessment?
My palliative care doctor doesn’t value chaplains as members of the palliative care team. What do I say to convince her?
How does chaplaincy affect the patient experience?
Benefits include the following:
Connect with chaplains across the country and learn about best practices and programming ideas based on institution type, clinical specialty, religion, ethnic group, and geographic region.
Connect with chaplaincy thought leaders through moderated online discussions and webinars twice a month.
You will have the opportunity to build mentoring relationships--whether as learning more as a mentee or giving back as a mentor. Based on a few criteria, TCC will match you with a chaplain who is looking to gain advice or share his or her experience.
If you work in a small institution, you may be the only chaplain on staff. You will be able to call or email an experienced chaplain for a consult, as well as a CPE supervisor to provide a debriefing service.
Gain access to materials that you can repurpose for your institution including PowerPoint presentations on topics such as "what is chaplaincy;" take advantage of resources for marketing your chaplaincy through patient experience and best practices in screening and assessment; and access religious, spiritual and humanist prayers/reflections.
Access to the latest in chaplaincy research, write-ups on quality improvement projects and consumer-related news articles relevant to spiritual care and chaplaincy.
Access to professional education through webinars, HealthCare Chaplaincy's annual conference, and other resources on topics relevant to your practice.
PlainViews® is the leading professional practice journal for chaplains, published monthly by HCCN and full of articles that will keep you abreast of best practices, the latest research and other issues pertinent to your practice. You will qualify for a 20% discount on the subscription rate to PlainViews®.
Fundraising Your Projects
Are there projects you are interested in, but you don’t have the financial support at your institution? You will have access to a comprehensive list of current local and national funders in the field of spiritual and chaplaincy care prepared by The Foundation Center.
Interested in securing a chaplaincy position, changing jobs, relocating, or advancing to another level? You will have access to career development resources, including a membership directory, links postings from APC, NACC, NAJC and recruiters, and interview and resume tips from human resource experts.
To do what you do well, you need support. You will have access to self-care resources, such as an experienced CPE supervisor (accessible via email and phone), spiritual director resources, updated videos on taking care of yourself, book groups, support groups and meditation.
Weekly Spiritual Care Tips
You will have access to professional spiritual care tips sent straight to your inbox every Tuesday and Friday to support your work with patients, their families, or your institution.