NACC Special Webinar Series
Wednesday, February 19 – Wednesday, March 4, 2020
This case-based three-part webinar series builds on our presentation “Her Smile Is Enough for Me: Critical Care Pediatric Chaplaincy”, given at the 2019 NACC National Conference, and is a response to both positive feedback and requests for more specific interventions. We will describe the pediatric patient world through the developmental spectrum, the parents/caregivers’ world, and the healthcare providers’ world and ways the chaplain assesses and responds to the breadth of situations and needs.
- Session I – The Pediatric Patient World
Each child is unique according to their developmental reality, which requires the chaplain to be flexible and responsive to individual needs. In this section, through specific patient examples, we will highlight some of the developmental stages of pediatric patients and the real challenges of effective approaches to the pediatric chaplain.
- Session II – The Parent/Caregiver’s World
Every parent/caregiver whose child is hospitalized enters this precarious and frightening healthcare world with their own framework, differing degrees of awareness, and differing levels of internal and external resources for coping and decision-making. In this section, again through specific cases, we will address how the pediatric chaplain thoughtfully and empathically assesses, advocates for and accompanies the pediatric patient’s parents/caregivers amidst very intense existential and spiritual crises.
- Session III – The Pediatric Healthcare Provider’s World
Pediatric healthcare providers are not only required to provide exceptional clinical care to patients but also to respond sensitively and compassionately to the pediatric patients’ families at times of heightened stress and great vulnerability. In this section, we will speak to how pediatric chaplains are part of and collaborate with the care team and how they listen to, encourage and guide their healthcare colleagues as they care for pediatric patients and their families.
About the presenters:
Jim Manzardo, BCC is a chaplain at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where he has worked for the past five years in the pediatric intensive care unit. Previously, he was the primary chaplain for the Hematology-Oncology-Stem Cell Transplant service for nineteen years. He also has been part of the Palliative Care and Ethics teams and is a facilitator of a nursing transitions program for new nurses during their first year of nursing. Jim also has been incorporating mindfulness meditation into the hospital environment.
Glenda R. Spearman, MDiv, BCC, is currently a Senior Staff Chaplain at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital) where she has served since 2000. Glenda was board certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in 2008. Glenda coordinates the Minister of Care volunteers who bring Communion to the Catholic patient families at Lurie Children’s. Glenda has been Primary Chaplain for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the past ten years. Glenda facilitates the hospital’s Schwartz Rounds, and is a member of the hospital-wide Bereavement Committee, and Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Glenda is part of the Spiritual Care Chaplain Team who provides Mindfulness Meditation to staff. Glenda coordinates the annual televised Christmas visit by the Cardinal to the hospital’s patient families. In October 2017, Glenda was awarded the Bishop Quarter Award by Chicago’s Blasé Cardinal Cupich for the many years of ministry as a pediatric hospital Chaplain, especially to the Catholic patient families.
Participant cost for these three sessions is $75 for NACC members, $90 for non-members, which includes all three sessions. A special rate of $30 is available to NACC retired and student members. This series will provide 4.5 CEH’s.
The three sessions will take place on the following dates:
- Wednesday, February 19 (12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Central Time)
- Wednesday, February 26 (12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Central Time)
- Wednesday, March 4 (12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Central Time)
To register online to participate in these sessions, please use the following link: REGISTER. If you prefer to pay by check, please click here to download the registration form and send it, along with your check made out to NACC to: National Association of Catholic Chaplains, 4915 S. Howell Avenue, Suite 501, Milwaukee, WI 53207.
If you have any questions please contact the national office: [email protected]