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27 JUNE 2019

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Dave's Occasional Civilian Blog

29 OCTOBER 2019

A recently published article that covers all aspects of homelessness plus an extensive list of resources for individuals, families, victims of domestic violence, youth, Native Americans, veterans, members of LGBTQ communities, seniors, disabled individuals, and more. A list of shelters by state is also provided.

Sleep Shelters for Homeless

23 OCTOBER 2019

What It's Like to Learn You're Going to Die:
Palliative-care doctors explain the “existential slap” that many people face at the end.

22 OCTOBER 2019

A FREE webinar on November 7. One of the target audiences of this webinar is chaplains.



Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling Vol. 73, No. 3, September 1, 2019 is now available online!

If you are a CSC member, you can access the full Journal by loggin in HERE


27 JULY 2019

A good article for healthcare chaplains to read as they care for the caregivers in their organizations.

Moral injury and burnout in medicine: a year of lessons learned

22 JULY 2019

I just listened to an amazing TED Talk. It explains a lot about the people in the world around me: Why Liberals see things one way, FERVENTLY; and why Conservatives see things just the opposite, just as FERVENTLY. My dear Christian friends and colleagues – PARTICULARLY those of you who KNOW that you have THE proper understanding of Biblical principles and mandates and the ways of God – this explains y-o-u and the harm that you and many other Christians (like you who preceded you) have imposed on your world in the name of Christ and righteousness. I do hope that all who read my postings will spend just 16 minutes of your life to get a better understanding of yourselves as well as how and why you think and act as you do.

Why do we believe things that aren't true? | Philip Fernbach | TEDxMileHigh

18 JULY 2019

A good resources for chaplains who may have aging parents and need some ideas for caregiving from a distance…

Strategies for Long-Distance Caregivers from Simmons University

03 JULY 2019

Spiritual and Pastoral Care in the Veterans Health Administration


01 JULY 2019

As an update to the 16 February 2019 posting, below, on terms and information resources with which to become familiar in rendering chaplaincy and counseling care to members of the LGBT plus community, one advocacy group, Modern Military Association of America, has developed a competency curriculum complete with testing and “Rainbow Shield Certification” as culturally competent to provide care to LGBT plus folks and their families. I believe that this is all free. If you are interested, please visit:

Rainbow Shield Certification:
Online LGBTQ cultural competency training for military and veteran service providers

"Who can become certified?
"Any individual who serves or advocates for the LGBTQ and HIV+ military and veteran community can seek certification. This includes, but is not limited to, educators, health care providers, military leaders, Veteran Service Officers (VSOs), social workers, homeless and domestic violence shelter providers, lawyers and paralegals, policymakers and administrators."

18 JUNE 2019

Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling Vol. 73, No. 2, June 1, 2019 is now available online.


12 JUNE 2019

Time to follow the evidence: Spiritual care in health care [PDF]

14 May 2019

A very good issue of the Journal of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains on the theme of “Aging.”

CLICK IMAGE FOR DOCUMENT — VISION, May/June 2019, Volume 29, No. 3 [PDF]

22 March 2019

Table of Contents Alert: Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling- Volume: 73, Number: 1 (March 2019)


19 March 2019

Talking to Children About Terminal Illness

05 March 2019

EMS Chaplaincy: Evidence-based professional practice

28 February 2019

It is important for chaplains to be able to spot the signs of human trafficking...

Nurse Practitioner Student Creates Screening To Identify Human Trafficking Victims

Health care takes on the fight against trafficking

26 February 2019

A chaplain designed a way for ICU patients to request prayers, poetry and a hand to hold

Full story at

25 February 2019

CLICK IMAGE FOR DOCUMENT — Coalition Chaplains at APC 2019 [PDF]

24 February 2019

CLICK IMAGE FOR DOCUMENT — Coalition Chaplains at CPSP 2019 [PDF]

16 February 2019

It has been brought to my attention that many/most chaplains do not know the terms, definitions, and acronyms of folks who are LGBT or who regularly live and interact with LGBT folks. As such, I think sensitive and well-informed chaplains might want to familiarize themselves with such terms and concepts. I have had referred to me websites that are helpful with that and you may find them below:

LGBTQIA Resource Center Glossary - UC Davis

LGBTQIA+ Information -

15 February 2019

Free webinars from a reputable organization:

Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

26 January 2019

Great documentary for hospice and other healthcare chaplains!

08 January 2019

A great academic article on Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care, and Moral Injury: Considerations Regarding Screening and Treatment

06 January 2019

Death Row Chaplains Confront Hurdles In Mass System of Injustice

13 December 2018

Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health Overview Webinar. This is a 2-hour webinar by Maureen Shelton, Director of Education, Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare & Timothy Harrison, Associate Director for CBCT, Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics Broadcast on December 13, 2018.



07 December 2018

Recordings of events hosted by the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab:

Please click [HERE] to view events hosted by the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

28 November 2018

A special edition of The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling has just been published with a special emphasis on RESEARCH. Research in Pastoral Care and Counseling

CSC Chaplains, log in [HERE] to read and/or download. If you do not yet have a log-in, go ahead and create one. (I will approve you! It is part of your benefits of endorsement with us.)


26 November 2018

Videos on Chaplain Charting in Common Terms

Part 1: Why Chart in Common Terms

Part 2: Fitting into the Interdisciplinary Context

Part 3: Pragmatic Spirituality and the Human Spirit

Part 4: Identifying Spiritual Needs

Part 5: Format and Getting Started

20 November 2018

Great Resources for Chaplains:

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

And if you’d like to use the treatment methods described in the piece, check out a nonprofit that Whiteside founded called Now Matters Now. The site teaches basic DBT skills and provides a sample Motto-style card [PDF] anyone can download and send to someone in need.

For a longer, but very folksy, non-clinical article on suicide prevention, check out The Best Way To Save People From Suicide.

19 November 2018

Chaplaincy? Spiritual Care? Innovation?A Case Statement


18 November 2018

Role of chaplains changing in the US

23 October 2018

A good resource for healthcare chaplains. A point to remember is that the Association of Professional Chaplains is but one certifying body for chaplains.



15 October 2018

I just found this website that offers some interesting resources for chaplains:

Brandeis University Chaplaincy Innovations

10 October 2018

Chaplain Olga Westfall is a CSC chaplain with both the VA Medical Center in Atlanta and with the Air Force Reserve. She was recently featured in an In Touch Ministries interview. She is also a strong advocate for chaplaincy in the Ukraine, having spent her childhood there. She has a message for any chaplain who would like to become involved there:

“Good day fellow Chaplains! My name is Olga Westfall and I am a US Air Force Reserve Chaplain and full time staff Chaplain at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). I have been endorsed by the Coalition of the Spirit-filled Churches for 15 years and I have been blessed to work under Rev. David Plummer. I was born and grew up in Ukraine, which became independent from the Soviet Union on August 24, 1991. However, when Ukraine, in 2014, decided to be truly independent, Russia annexed part of its land (Crimean Peninsula) and started a war against Ukraine in its eastern industrial part.
"Although this conflict brought a lot of suffering to Ukrainians, with 11,000 killed, 23,000 wounded, it also gave birth to Chaplaincy. Many church leaders and pastors received a call from God to go to care for those who defend them in the battle and return home wounded.
"My friend from Ukraine, Yaroslav Malko, president of Global Christian Support, created in Ukraine a network of professional Chaplains. He provides training for them and various conferences. Ukrainian Chaplains and volunteers were fundamental in helping to support their troops and preserve their country from the aggressor. Many of the Chaplains who work with Yaroslav serve on the front lines of the combat zone of eastern Ukraine as well as in the hospitals ministering to the wounded soldiers, their families and civilians.
"It would be great if any of you could come to Ukraine and share your experience with the Ukrainian Chaplains or just visit soldiers and tour the beautiful country of Ukraine. I will be traveling in Mid-May to Ukraine for about 10 days and if someone would like to join me, please feel free to write me at I also would be happy to answer any of your questions.
"If you would like to come to Ukraine at another time or would like to speak with Yaroslav directly, please feel free to send him an e-mail at or contact by phone (viber) +38 050 635 7135. He has a vast experience in working with group and would provide for you a memorable and special experience.
"God bless!”

08 October 2018

From the world of Healthcare Chaplains...

25 September 2018

Studies show spiritual care in hospitals related to lower rate of patient deaths

14 September 2018


14 September 2018

So, you think you are culturally competent...

Find out! For race/ethnicity, special populations, gender, age, in research and education, and "just in general".

Culture, Language and Health Literacy

14 September 2018

A great article on using empathy creatively!

Empathy: How it Helps and How it Hurts

31 August 2018

Interesting 11-minute interview. Gives the listener a glimpse into the struggles hospital chaplains and ethics consultants.

How Religion Shapes The Way People Approach Medicine

28 August 2018

Sadly, this is also true of many chaplains, especially if the seminary from which they graduated stressed evangelism and church growth over pastoral care and counseling.

Mental health is a topic that a lot of churches and pastors feel uncomfortable addressing.

Clergy Not Prepared to Meet Congregations' Mental Health Needs

10 August 2018

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30 July 2018


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02 July 2018


02 July 2018

Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling

The Coalition of Spirit-filled Churches is a proud sponsor of the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling (JPC&C). Did you know that a benefit of your endorsement and partnership with us is free online access to JPC&C?

Check out their latest volume by logging into the website under the Members Area tab on this website.

12 June 2018

Want to help save a life? The VA and PsychArmor Institute Offer Online Suicide Prevention Training. It takes just 25 minutes and the cost is FREE!

11 June 2018

A good article to begin conversations about suicide:

How To Talk About Suicide In A Way That’s Actually Helpful

11 April 2018

The first issue of the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling for 2018 has been published. You can view the issue's table of contents HERE.

If you are not yet a subscriber of The Journal, your membership with The Coalition of Spirit-filled Churches has as a benefit a courtesy digital copy of the The Journal along with access to digital archived volumes of this precious resource. For more information, click HERE.

05 April 2018

Attention Chaplains and other Clergy, Counselors too!

FB Messenger is NOT private! If you call me via this technology, I will likely not answer. AND keep all confidential messages off of private chats. They are not private.

Yes, Facebook is scanning your messages for abuse

22 August 2017

I have just come across an excellent resource for helping introverts and others communicate their feelings. And perhaps it may be useful in sensitizing extroverts and others as to how they may inadvertently be missing various communication cues. It can be found at Introvert Doodles. The one on grief is especially helpful: I'm Grieving and I Want You to Know

28 June 2017

20 June 2017

From Journal of Pastoral Care Facebook

Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc. The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling Vol. 71, No. 2, June 1, 2017 is now available online at

Members of JPCP Member Associations (ACPE, CASC/ACSS, CPSP, CSC, NAJC, and NIBIC) should access articles from the password protected section of their association websites.

Here is the Table of Contents.

Editorial: Fake Awareness by Terry R. Bard


  • Art, Objects, and Beautiful Stories: A “New” Approach to Spiritual Care by Aaron P. B. Smith, Julia E. Read

  • Emotional Sequelae of Elective Abortion: The Role of Guilt and Shame by Donna Krupkin Whitney

  • Contemplative Listening in Moral Issues: Moral Counseling Redefined in Principles and Method by Jack de Groot, Maria E.C. van Hoek

  • Contemplative Listening: A Rhetorical-Critical Approach To Facilitate Internal Dialog by Hans Evers

  • An Exploration of Current Approaches to and Facilities for Spiritual Care Provision in the Republic of Ireland Fiona Timmins, Sílvia Caldeira, Maryanne Murphy, Nicolas Pujol, Greg Sheaf, Elizabeth Weathers, Jacqueline Whelan, Bernadette Flanagan

  • Personal Reflections

  • The Freedom of the Octogenarian to Find Grace and Humor in the Lasting Personal Strength Gained Through CAPPE* Education Maureen Soukoreff

  • Superman Goes to the Emergency Room by Joseph Baroody

  • In the Media

  • Moonlight by Linda Noonan

  • Poetry

  • Scene from a Lapel Cross: Bad Day by Richard Alan Hadley

  • Book Reviews

  • Rachael Crabb, Sonya Reeder & Diana Calvin, Listening In: Building Faith and Friendship Thorough Conversations That Matter reviewed by Dr Yoke Lye Lim Kwong

  • Jonathan Benz with Kristina Robb-Dover, The Recovery-Minded Church reviewed by Dorothea Crites

  • Continuing Education Quiz

27 May 2017

At the APC's annual meeting at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, TX, if you are a CSC endorsee, please join us for dinner.

17 May 2017

Another important article that NEEDS to be read by all healthcare chaplains.

It Is About the Money

16 May 2017

This is an important document that needs to be read by all clinically-trained chaplains.

S​PIRITUAL​ CARE: What​ It ​Means, Why​ It​ Matters​ in Health​ Care [PDF]