We hope you find it helpful to learn more about open chaplaincy as inclusive spiritual care, which activates healing through partnership in caring community.
Center for Open Chaplaincy founder Judy Fleischman provides care as a clinical consultant to HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) and has partnered with its leadership to establish its Chat with a Chaplain / ChaplainsOnHand program, which provides FREE chaplaincy care services by phone, email, and video. She has developed "Best practice" protocols and researched the benefit and integration of this community-based initiative in telehealth care. This vision of inclusive spiritual care serves people from all walks of life through the use of emerging and traditional forms of communication media.
Talks on Inclusive Spiritual Care
Mandala as a Model of Whole Person Care (Panel Discussion at Baruch College, NYC, 9/4/12)
"What makes this a wonderful world is all the people who care."
Judy's talk: 32:30-42:10 minutes into the video. During Q&A, she responds to a veteran's question on how to care for himself (47:1--50:46)
What is Chaplaincy Care? - An In-Service on Whole Person Care (Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC, 12/10/12)
"Spirituality is a vital sign, Spiritual distress should be a diagnosis." - quoting Christina Puchalski, M.D., founder of GWISH (GW Institute for Spirituality & Health)
Attuned Breath Centering: A Mindfulness-based intervention to relieve spiritual distress and social isolation
Attuned Breath Centering (ABC) is a mindfulness-based intervention developed by Judy Fleischman to relieve social isolation and spiritual pain, which also impacts emotional and physical pain. This method activates hope and purpose in the present moment, and with this, a sense of belonging. This intervention can be adapted to non-verbal forms of expression consistent with methods of expressive arts therapies, making it also well suited to telehealth chaplaincy care. For further info, please see the following presentations.
90 minute workshop presented at the 2018 Caring for the Human Spirit Conference in New Orleans.
90-minute workshop presentation at the 2010 Conference of the Association of Professional Chaplains. Judy Fleischman developed the clinical method of Attuned Breath Centering in response to hundreds of patients’ assessments that indicated the need for spiritually-adaptive, behavioral coping tools. The workshop goal was to teach attendees about the imperative for integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods and spirituality in patient care as well as to experience Attuned Breath Centering as a method of integration. It explored adapting this for different clinical contexts and forms of spiritual distress. This mindfulness-based intervention relieves spiritual distress and is adaptable to non-verbal expression such as those of expressive arts therapies.
Attuning to Happiness (5min.)
An Attuned Breath Centering practice for activating present moment "happiness" in terms of the listener's sensing of meaning and purpose. For further info, please see slideshow presentation below.
Clinical Chaplaincy Presentations
90 minute workshop presented at the 2018 Caring for the Human Spirit Conference in New Orleans. See description above.
This workshop built on the Telechaplaincy Best Practices presentation at the 2016 conference about HCCN's telehealth chaplaincy care services by phone, email and video. Case studies explored types of spiritual distress and interventions as well as in partnership opportunities for patient‐centered care. (presented at HCCN's 2017 Caring for the Human Spirit Conference - Integrating Spiritual Care in Health Care)
As telehealth continues to emerge and develop as a means of delivering health-related services, this workshop presented research findings of telechaplaincy—outcome oriented chaplaincy care by phone, email and video. In January, 2014, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network introduced a service to provide free chaplaincy care by phone, email, and video, referring to this as, “telechaplaincy.” The workshop presented case studies that demonstrated the efficacy and specific applicability of telechaplaincy as telehealth chaplaincy care inclusive of single encounters as well as ongoing care. It also demonstrated its integration with expressive arts therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy methods. (presented at HCCN's 2016 Caring for the Human Spirit Conference - Integrating Spiritual Care in Health Care)
A growing number of people identify as "none" or "non religious." This slideshow served as a jumping off point for interactive learning during a four-hour "Professional Development Intensive" workshop, which Judy offered at the 2014 Conference of the Association of Professional Chaplains.
90-minute workshop presentation at the 2010 Conference of the Association of Professional Chaplains. See description above.
Writings on an Integrative Approach to Healing
On September 4th, 2012, the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project in New York City hosted the creation of a sand mandala by a group of Tibetan monks from the Namdroling Monastery in South India. Judy participated in a panel discussion on the theme of mandalas in people’s lives. This accompanied the construction of the mandala. The event was organized and moderated by Stan Altman, Ph.D., the director of the Project, which encourages Baruch College students’ exposure and participation in the arts to enrich their college experience and enhance their ability to learn, understand and function throughout their lives.
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