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Exploring End of Life Spiritual Care Conference with Steve Nolan

The program will begin with a presentation by Chaplain Steve Nolan, PhD of his model of four moments in the chaplain-patient relationship which comprise his theory of chaplain as ‘hopeful presence.’ Critical discussion of Nolan’s model will be offered by a pastoral theologian and a palliative care nurse practitioner. The rest of the day will feature the use of case studies to explore the complex and diverse ways that spiritual care is provided at the end of life. Nolan will first present the case of his work with a hospice patient. A chaplain and palliative care clinician will initiate the critical discussion of this case. For the afternoon session we will break into three small groups to hear and discuss case studies about the different end of life contexts in which chaplains provide spiritual care. The day will conclude with refreshments and the introduction of Fitchett and Nolan’s new book, Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy (Jessica Kingsley, 2015).

Steve Nolan, PhD, is the chaplain at Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, UK, and is a member of the European Association for Palliative Care Taskforce on Spiritual Care in Palliative Care. He is the author of Spiritual Care at the End of Life: The Chaplain as a ‘Hopeful Presence’ (Jessica Kingsley, 2012).

The conference is designed for chaplains, palliative care clinicians, CPE students and supervisors, seminary faculty and students and CEUs will be available. It is sponsored by the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, and the Section of Pain and Palliative Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, and Bishop Anderson House. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Copies of Nolan’s Spiritual Care at the End of Life: The Chaplain as a ‘Hopeful Presence’ and Fitchett and Nolan’s, Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy will be available for sale.

There is no charge for registration for any Rush student, faculty or staff. Registration for any students with a valid ID, alumni of the Rush CPE program and the Bishop Anderson lay chaplain training program is $15. Registration for all other is $45. Visa and Mastercard only.

Online registration will close at 5pm on Wednesday, May 27. There will be limited on-site registration available as capacity permits the morning of June 2nd. Please call Eleanor Welch at 312-942-5571 if you would like to register after online registration is closed.