Open Source Chaplaincy Care offers an integrative approach to healing, which happens through creative partnership in caring.
My name is Judy. I am a Board-certified Chaplain (BCC) and developed this integrative approach while caring for people recovering from trauma and moral distress. Since then, I have refined and adapted this approach to support people encountering diverse circumstances to tap into creativity, connection, and community as primary resources for healing. I also provide care as a Chaplain On Hand as a member of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.
I help people identify and access spiritual resources as they define them while never imposing my beliefs and practice. I then customize practices and interventions, which bring together chaplaincy care, mindfulness-based spiritual interventions (mbsi, a term I coined), expressive therapies (music, art), and cognitive behavioral therapy methods.
I began this healwork in New York City in the aftermath of 9/11/01. Since then, I have worked in a variety of healthcare settings including: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery (the #1 rated Orthopedic hospital in the U.S.), and Housing Works, Inc. (the largest minority-run social service and advocacy agency for people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.).
In various settings, I partnered with medical, nursing, and social work colleagues. I also partnered with music and art therapists, a cognitive behavioral psychotherapist, substance use counselors, and a forensic specialist (for people with incarceration history). As chaplain, I served as spiritual specialist on the care team.
I reached out to many volunteers including those from the larger community such as veteran advocates and arts organizations. Doing so, I began to envision an integrative approach to healing through creativity, connection, and community as partnership in caring community.
Honoring each person's beliefs and practice, I have supported individuals, families, and communities to find meaning and purpose while living with diseases such as cancer, HIV, and diabetes. I have supported people in ethical decision making including serving on ethics committees. I am often consulted for conflict resolution.
I have cared for people of all ages living with chronic pain, clinical depression, ADHD, and many forms of physical, psychological, and spiritual distress. I have cared for people at the end of life and for their families. I have specialized in palliative care in hospitals as well as serving in hospice.
I have developed chaplaincy programs, in-service educational programs, and inclusive support groups and services ranging from milestone celebrations to memorials. I also offer Caring for the Caregiver programs, including ones focused on relieving moral distress, which is common among healthcare workers and military veterans.
I hope that sharing some of my story offers a sense of how this integrative approach can support you and those for whom you care. Please feel free to visit the Resources section to learn more.