LCS Provides Valuable Service: Continuing Education

Continuing EducationWhen our chaplains are asked what they value most about being connected to LCS, our outstanding continuing education opportunities usually top the list. Finding continuing education offerings that are both applicable and affordable to chaplains can be a challenge. That is one reason why every staff meeting includes a component of continuing education.

The topics and presenters during the fall of 2009 included:

  • Recruiting, Working and Supporting Volunteers – Barbara Pelowski, Director of New Member Ministries, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights
  • The Ethics of Healthcare Reform – Mark Aulisio, Ph.D., Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics at MetroHealth Medical Center and Associate Professor of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University
  • Understanding the Hindu Perspective for a More Inclusive Spiritual Care – Surinder Bhawrdwaj, Ph.D, Retired Professor, Kent State University
  • Staying Sane in Difficult Times – Jane Freeman, LISW, Behavioral Scientist, Family Medicine Residency Program, Akron General Medical Center

Because chaplains function in a wide variety of settings and need to be knowledgeable about many areas, the continuing education topics are quite varied from year to year.

Some presentations are directed towards specific spiritual care competencies, some towards general knowledge, and some towards personal spirituality and well-being. A retreat every spring is focused on wellness and wholeness for the chaplains.

In addition to the opportunities for monthly continuing education at staff meetings, we also provide a modest annual allowance for each chaplain to use to attend programs or courses.

All of the expenses for our continuing education offerings are covered by gifts we receive from individuals, churches, and foundations. Donations may be made specifically to provide for continuing education for our chaplains.

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