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Best Practices for Chaplains

May 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Sponsored by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains

We are pleased to announce a local education event that will be held at the Parish Hall of the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine in Freehold, New Jersey on May 20, 2017. There is still time to register.

The theme for the event, which will be presented by Sharon Douglas, BCC, Debra Sheridan, BCC, and Dr. Mary T. O’Neill, BCC-S is: Best Practices for Chaplains.

For more information, and to register online for this event, please visit our website at this link: May 20 local gathering.

A $35 participant fee will cover lunch and the program. 5.5 CEH’s are offered.

You have the option to register online, or by downloading, completing and submitting a paper registration form. For your convenience, a paper form can be downloaded from this LINK.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Pamela Jones at the national office: pjones@nacc.org

We hope that you will accept this opportunity to enhance your learning and to meet with fellow chaplains in your region. Please invite your colleagues, even if they are not members of the NACC – all are welcome. Please see below for information about the event.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with Mass at 4 p.m.
Parish Hall at
Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine
61 Georgia Rd., Freehold NJ 07728

Program Objectives:
Participants will be able to:
• Learn about best practices chaplains are using in their institutions.
• Obtain a refresher of the new chaplain standards and competencies.
• Share our best practices with each other to enhance our ministry as chaplains.

• Presentation on ways to expand your chaplaincy services through volunteers and local clergy.
• Presentation on ways to create support groups for yourselves and others.
• Presentation on the new standards and competencies for chaplains with plenty of time to discuss and share ideas.

Presenter Information:
Sharon Douglas, BCC is currently working at CentraState Medical Center as the Director of Pastoral Care. Sharon has been a member of the NACC since 2008 and board certified since 2013. Sharon is also the NACC State Liaison for New Jersey.

Debra Sheridan, BCC is currently working as the Director of Mission for Bon Secours Charity Health System, a member of the Westchester Medical Health Network. Debra has been a member of NACC since 2009 and board certified since 2010.

Dr. Mary Teresa O’Neill BCC-S is the current Chair of the NACC Board. She is now retired from 30+ years as a CPE Supervisor in the NY area and an NACC Chaplain. She has worked on the Standards Committee and has been part of the development of the Competencies for Chaplains.

Program of Events:

9:30 a.m.: Registration
10.00 – 10:15 a.m.: Opening prayer in the Chapel
10:20 – 11:20 a.m.: Maximizing Volunteers and Clergy Partners (Sharon Douglas)
11:20 – 11: 30 a.m.: Break
11:30 – 12:30 a.m.: Peer Groups for Chaplains (Debra Sheridan)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Standards and Competencies (Mary T. O’Neill)
2:30 – 2:40 p.m.: Break
2:40 – 3:45 p.m.: Resources for chaplains and break out session to discuss ideas and best practices, then share with larger group
4:00 p.m.: Mass in the Chapel


May 20, 2017
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine
61 Georgia Rd.
Freehold, NJ 07728 United States
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