Open Source Chaplaincy Care

An Integrative Approach to Healing

Open Source is a way of focusing on our interdependence as the foundation for how we live. There is no one way to experience this and no one approach that works for everyone. Open Source Chaplaincy Care begins with this recognition in supporting individuals, families, organizations, and communities to meet whatever is encountered with a sense of meaning and purpose.

Spirituality is an aspect of humanity by which we make meaning of our lives. How we do this is wide open. Many people find strength and inspiration in multiple sources of meaning and purpose.  My name is Judy. I am a Board Certified Chaplain who offers an integrative approach to healing. Please feel free to explore this site as well as our companion site for growing caring community, SensingWonder.com.

Open Source Chaplaincy Care offers an integrative approach to healing, which happens through creative partnership in caring.

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Founder Judy Fleischman is a Board-certified Chaplain (BCC) who developed an integrative approach to healing while caring for people recovering from trauma, as well as those coping with grief and loss during difficult transitions with illness and end of life. 

This approach is anchored in a vision of healing as reclaiming your sense of wholeness through creativity, connection, and community. As a clinical consultant to  HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) since 2014, Judy has expanded the reach of such care, helping to grow HCCN's Chaplains On Hand programs. This service provides tele-health chaplaincy care by phone and online.

Judy writes:

Helping people to identify and access spiritual resources as they define them is where healing begins. Facilitating ways to express this, to experience and co-create ritual, to name and claim what truly matters in facing difficulty, in facing loss, and in celebrating what gives life meaning and purpose. All of these opportunities for healing can be transformative. "Open source" refers to including all of who you are. A wonderful way to do this is through bringing together chaplaincy care, mindfulness-based practices, expressive arts therapies and cognitive behavioral therapy methods.

I began this healing work 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 click here to learn more.