Spiritual Care Visitor Training

Initial Workshop for Fall Session

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Application period is now open for the fall online session of Spiritual Care Visitor Training. This session begins with a full day workshop at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Peoria, Illinois. Topics at the workshop include Active Listening and the particular concerns of providing spiritual care with those who are dying. Lunch is included.

Apply for SCVT

“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.

Latest Updates

  • House Party returns October 10!

    Thursday, October 10, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at Pagoda Red, 1740 W. Webster Ave Fabulous nibbles and nosh station, beer, wine and specialty beverages Tickets $50 per person — purchase soon, only 75 tickets available. Buy a 6-pack: 6 tickets for $250–gather 5 friends and your ticket can be free! Enjoy shopping for spectacular furnishings, antiques and modern art work …Read More »
  • A Summer of Anniversaries

    Fifty years ago the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Rush began–one of the oldest CPE programs in Northern Illinois. The Episcopal and Presbyterian chaplains at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospitals felt that the hospital and the students would be best served by an accredited CPE  program–so worked to incorporate the existing CPE offering of Bishop Anderson House into the Department of …Read More »
  • Welcoming Deacon Rose Cicero

    She dipped her toe in the waters of pastoral care by taking Spiritual Care Visitor Training, and then went even deeper by taking a unit of our Community Based Clinical Education. Now Deacon Rose Cicero is diving in to her call to serve by joining our Bishop Anderson House staff as part-time chaplain. Rose’s primary duties at Stroger Hospital will …Read More »