Spiritual Care Visitor Training

Initial Workshop for Summer Session

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Application period is now open for the summer online session of Spiritual Care Visitor Training. This session begins with a full day workshop at Bishop Anderson House, 707 S. Wood St. Topics at the workshop include Active Listening and the particular concerns of providing spiritual care with those who are dying. Lunch is included.

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“Advancing the well-being of individuals and

communities where healthcare meets the human spirit.”

Our mission is to provide spiritual care to the patients, families and staff of Stroger Cook County Hospital and The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center. Chaplain Micheal Smith is the Professional Chaplain serving at Stroger, in particular in the Trauma and Burn Units.  In particular, Micheal partners with Stroger staff to provide the highest level of care for patients and families who are shaken by gun violence and severe traumatic injuries.

Chaplain Jim Croegaert (shown here) is the Professional Chaplain seeing patients at the CORE Center of Cook County. Jim also serves as chaplain to the hard-working staff of Project Connect, who see death and debilitating illness on a daily basis.

Dianna’s Teddy Bear Ministry provides age appropriate bears primarily to pediatric patients, but sometimes even adult patients at Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Rush University Medical Center and the CORE Center of Cook County.

Each year, Bishop Anderson House educates and trains students from all over our region in the art of providing spiritual care on a volunteer basis. Our alumni support the spiritual needs of people in their congregations, communities and healthcare facilities. The new Online Spiritual Care Visitor Training is the latest addition to our innovative educational opportunities offering sessions each year.

Community based Clinical Pastoral Education is a 6-month extended unit of CPE offered in partnership with Rush University Medical Center, and runs September through March.

And throughout the year we offer retreats and workshops for volunteers and professionals dedicated to providing excellence in spiritual care.

Bishop Anderson is proud to provide self-care events for staff and patients throughout the Illinois Medical District. Chaplains provide monthly times of respite with “Tuesday Teas” for staff at Stroger. We provide stress busting health focused events for the staff at the CORE Center, offering yoga, tai chi, meditation and a dose of healthy snacks.

Each year in May we seek to support nursing staff with the blessing of the hands and special treats for National Nurses Week.

In October for Spiritual Care Week we join with organizations and institutions throughout the world will recognize the spiritual care providers and the spiritual care given through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling within our communities.  The theme, “Hospitality: Cultivating Space” offers a rich opportunity to develop relationships and extend hospitality to those who extend spiritual care, to those who collaborate with spiritual care providers and to those who are the recipients of spiritual care.

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