Palliative Care Chaplain Specialty Certification Resources
In 2014, both the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) and the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) developed and implemented models for specialty certification in hospice and palliative care chaplaincy. Both organizations require prior board certification as a requirement of eligibility for specialty certification. In 2018, the NACC and the APC developed a joint process for specialty certification. See the resources below to learn more about the NACC & APC co-authored Palliative Care & Hospice Advanced Specialty Certification Competencies:
The Association of Professional Chaplains has endorsed the California State University Institute for Palliative Care's "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" course as a way to meet the educational requirement for specialty certification. Listed below are additional resources for chaplains seeking to prepare themselves for specialty certification.
Journal Articles- Listed by Chaplain Competency Area
Institute of Medicine (2015). Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life. Committee on Approaching Death: Addressing Key End of Life Issues. National Academies Press, Mar(2015).
PDQ Supportive and Palliative Care Editorial Board. (2015). Spirituality in Cancer Care (PDQ®): Health Professional Version. Source PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet]: National Cancer Institute. (July)2002-2015.
Puchalski, C., Ferrell, B., Virani, R., Otis-Green, S., Baird, P., Bull, J., . . . Sulmasy, D. (2009). Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care: The Report of the Consensus Conference. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 12(10), 885-904.
Puchalski, C. M., Vitillo, R., Hull, S. K., & Reller, N. (2014). Improving the Spiritual Dimension of Whole Person Care: Reaching National and International Consensus. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 17(6), 642-656.
Temel, J. S., Greer, J. A., Muzikansky, A., Gallagher, E. R., Admane, S., Jackson, V. A., . . . Lynch, T. J. (2010). Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer. New England Journal of Medicine N Engl J Med, 363(8), 733-742.
Balboni, T. A., Vanderwerker, L. C., Block, S. D., Paulk, M. E., Lathan, C. S., Peteet, J. R., & Prigerson, H. G. (2007). Religiousness and Spiritual Support Among Advanced Cancer Patients and Associations With End-of-Life Treatment Preferences and Quality of Life. Journal of Clinical Oncology : Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 25(5), 555–560.
Balboni, M. J., Sullivan, A., Enzinger, A. C., Smith, P. T., Mitchell, C., Peteet, J. R., … Balboni, T. A. (2017). United States Clergy Religious Values and Relationships to End-of-Life Discussions and Care. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 53(6), 999–1009.
Choi, P. J., Curlin, F. A., & Cox, C. E. (2015). “The Patient is Dying, Please Call the Chaplain”: The Activities of Chaplains in One Medical Center’s Intensive Care Units. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 50(4), 501–506.
Volandes, A. E., Paasche-Orlow, M. K., Davis, A. D., Eubanks, R., El-Jawahri, A., & Seitz, R. (2016). Use of Video Decision Aids to Promote Advance Care Planning in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 31(9), 1035–1040.
Murray, S., Kendall, M., Boyd, K., Worth, A., Benton, T. (2004). Exploring the Spiritual Needs of People Dying of Lung Cancer or Heart Failure: A Prospective Qualitative Interview Study of Patients and Their Carers. Palliat Med, 18, 39-45.
Rodríguez, V. M., Corona, R., Bodurtha, J. N., & Quillin, J. M. (2016). Family Ties: The Role of Family Context in Family Health History Communication about Cancer. Journal of Health Communication, 21(3), 346–355.
Bowen, M. (2004). Family therapy in clinical practice. New York, NY: Jason Aronson; Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Friedman, E., Emanuel, G., & Crimone, M. (1985). Generation to generation: Family process in church and synagogue. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Goldenberg, I., & Goldenberg, H. (2004). Family therapy: An overview. “Transgenerational models.” 182–210. Pacific Grove, CA: Thomson, Brooks/Cole.
Kerr, M., & Bowen, M. (1988). Family evaluation: An approach based on Bowen theory. New York, NY: Penguin Books.
McGoldrick, M., Gerson, R., & Petry, S. (2008). Genograms: Assessment and intervention (3rd ed.). New York, NY: W. W. Norton.
McGoldrick, M., & Walsh, F. (Eds.). (2004). Living beyond loss: Death in the family (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Norton.
Barnato, A. E., Mohan, D., Downs, J., Bryce, C. L., Angus, D. C., & Arnold, R. M. (2011). A randomized trial of the effect of patient race on physiciansʼ intensive care unit and life-sustaining treatment decisions for an acutely unstable elder with end-stage cancer*. Critical Care Medicine, 39(7), 1663-1669.
Elliott, A. M., Alexander, S. C., Mescher, C. A., Mohan, D., & Barnato, A. E. (2016). Differences in Physicians' Verbal and Nonverbal Communication With Black and White Patients at the End of Life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 51(1), 1-8.
Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I., Hoy-Ellis, C. P., Goldsen, J., Emlet, C. A., & Hooyman, N. R. (2014). Creating a Vision for the Future: Key Competencies and Strategies for Culturally Competent Practice With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults in the Health and Human Services. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57(2-4), 80-107.
Grossoehme, D. H., Teeters, A., Jelinek, S., Dimitriou, S. M., & Conard, L. A. (2016). Screening for Spiritual Struggle in an Adolescent Transgender Clinic: Feasibility and Acceptability. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 22(2), 54-66.
Johnson J., Hayden T., True J., Simkin D., Colbert L., Thompson B., Stewart D., Martin L. (2016). The Impact of Faith Beliefs on Perceptions of End-of-Life Care and Decision Making among African American Church Members. J Palliat Med, Feb,19(2):143-8.
Bernacki, R., Hutchings, M., Vick, J., Smith, G., Paladino, J., Lipsitz, S., . . . Block, S. D. (2015). Development of the Serious Illness Care Program: A randomised controlled trial of a palliative care communication intervention. BMJ Open, 5(10).
Breitbart, W., Rosenfeld, B., Pessin, H., Applebaum, A., Kulikowski, J., & Lichtenthal, W. G. (2015). Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy: An Effective Intervention for Improving Psychological Well-Being in Patients With Advanced Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 33(7), 749-754.
Kelley, A. S., Back, A. L., Arnold, R. M., Goldberg, G. R., Lim, B. B., Litrivis, E., . . . O'neill, L. B. (2011). Geritalk: Communication Skills Training for Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Fellows. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society J Am Geriatr Soc, 60(2), 332-337.
Markin, A., Cabrera-Fernandez, D. F., Bajoka, R. M., Noll, S. M., Drake, S. M., Awdish, R. L., . . . Mendez, M. P. (2015). Impact of a Simulation-Based Communication Workshop on Resident Preparedness for End-of-Life Communication in the Intensive Care Unit. Critical Care Research and Practice, 2015, 1-6.
Pollak, K. I., Jones, J., Lum, H. D., De La Cruz, S., Felton, S., Gill, A., & Kutner, J. S. (2015). Patient and Caregiver Opinions of Motivational Interviewing Techniques In Role-Played Palliative Care Conversations: A Pilot Study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 50(1), 91–98.
Sinclair, S., Mcclement, S., Raffin-Bouchal, S., Hack, T. F., Hagen, N. A., Mcconnell, S., & Chochinov, H. M. (2016). Compassion in Health Care: An Empirical Model. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 51(2), 193-203.
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier
Lead True by Jeff Thompson; Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
Leadership is an Art by Max DePree
Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators by Patrick Lencioni
Ernecoff, N. C., Curlin, F. A., Buddadhumaruk, P., & White, D. B. (2015). Health Care Professionals’ Responses to Religious or Spiritual Statements by Surrogate Decision Makers During Goals-of-Care Discussions. JAMA Internal Medicine JAMA Intern Med, 175(10), 1662.
Phelps, A. C., Lauderdale, K. E., Alcorn, S., Dillinger, J., Balboni, M. T., Wert, M. V., . . . Balboni, T. A. (2012). Addressing Spirituality Within the Care of Patients at the End of Life: Perspectives of Patients With Advanced Cancer, Oncologists, and Oncology Nurses. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 30(20), 2538-2544.
Shields M., Kestenbaum A., Dunn L. (2015). Spiritual AIM and the work of the chaplain: a model for assessing spiritual needs and outcomes in relationship. Palliative and Supportive Care. Feb, 13(1), 75-89.
Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/health-care/upload/Ethical-Religious-Directives-Catholic-Health-Care-Services-fifth-edition-2009.pdf
Balboni, T., Balboni, M., Paulk, M. E., Phelps, A., Wright, A., Peteet, J., . . . Prigerson, H. (2011). Support of cancer patients' spiritual needs and associations with medical care costs at the end of life. Cancer, 117(23), 5383-5391.
Balboni, T. A., Balboni, M., Enzinger, A. C., Gallivan, K., Paulk, M. E., Wright, A., . . . Prigerson, H. G. (2013). Provision of Spiritual Support to Patients With Advanced Cancer by Religious Communities and Associations With Medical Care at the End of Life. JAMA Internal Medicine JAMA Intern Med, 173(12), 1109.
Teno, J. M., Gozalo, P. L., Mitchell, S. L., Kuo, S., Rhodes, R. L., Bynum, J. P., & Mor, V. (2012). Does Feeding Tube Insertion and Its Timing Improve Survival? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society J Am Geriatr Soc, 60(10), 1918-1921.
Head, B. A., Schapmire, T., Hermann, C., Earnshaw, L., Faul, A., Jones, C., . . . Pfeifer, M. (2014). The Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Oncology Palliative Care Education (iCOPE): Meeting the Challenge of Interprofessional Education. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 17(10), 1107-1114.
Powell, R. A., Emanuel, L., Handzo, G., Lantos, J., Dunn, L. B., Idler, E. L., . . . Sommer, D. (2015). Transcending differences to study the transcendent: An exploratory study of researchers’ and chaplains’ reflections on interdisciplinary spiritual care research collaboration. BMC Palliative Care BMC Palliat Care, 14(1).
Kestenbaum, A., James, J., Morgan, S., Shields, M., Hocker, W., Rabow, M., & Dunn, L. B. (2015). “Taking your place at the table:” An autoethnographic study of chaplains’ participation on an interdisciplinary research team. BMC Palliative Care BMC Palliat Care, 14(1).
Williams, J. A., Meltzer, D., Arora, V., Chung, G., & Curlin, F. A. (2011). Attention to Inpatients’ Religious and Spiritual Concerns: Predictors and Association with Patient Satisfaction. J GEN INTERN MED Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26(11), 1265-1271.