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,

Open Source Chaplaincy Care is a member of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN).

HCCN's Chat with a Chaplain provides FREE chaplaincy care services by phone, email, and video. Open Source Chaplaincy Care founder Judy Fleischman, BCC, is one of the chaplains providing this service and is partnering with HCCN leadership to establish "Best practice" protocols and to research the benefit and integration of this community-based initiative in telehealth care. This includes clinical pilot programs and so is growing a broad vision of inclusive spiritual care, which 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, Judy responds to a veteran's question on how to care for himself (47:1--50:46)

Attuned Breath Centering - A Mindfulness-Based Spiritual Intervention

  • Attuned Breath Centering - Introduction (5min.)
    • Attuned Breath Centering (ABC) is a Mindfulness-Based Spiritual Intervention (MBSI, a term coined by) and developed by Judy Fleischman, BCC to relieve spiritual distress. This is a method of paying attention to intention, which expresses one's sense of meaning and purpose while centered in the present moment with the breath. Typically, the in-breath is associated with, "what keeps me going?" and the out-breath with, "right now, what's important?" These include a present-moment activation of hope and purpose, which are common resources for relieving spiritual distress.  Also, this intervention relieves spiritual distress by productively interrupting distressing thought patterns while activating a present moment experience of meaning and purpose. This is consistent with cognitive defusion (in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy terminology). The effects of this MBSI are increased with repetition and by customizing the words (or imagery, music) of intention to include how a person names these, usually responding to these questions of "what keeps you going?" and "what's important right now?" This MBSI also can be adapted to non-verbal forms of expression. These are consistent with methods of expressive arts therapies. For further info, please see Judy's slideshow presentation below.
  • Attuning to Happiness (5min.)
    • An Attuned Breath Centering (ABC) practice for activating a present moment experiencing of "happiness" in terms of the listener's sensing of meaning and purpose. This Mindfulness-Based Spiritual Intervention (MBSI) developed by Judy Fleischman, BCC relieves spiritual distress.  For further info, please see Judy's slideshow presentation below.

Clinical (Professional) Chaplaincy Presentations

  •  Telechaplaincy at Clinical Sites and in the General Public: Expanding the Reach of Patient-Centered Care (to be presented 3/15/2017) 
    • This workshop builds on the Telechaplaincy Best Practices presentation at last year's conference. These were developed for HCCN's telehealth chaplaincy care services by phone, email and video. We will present case studies to explore similarities and differences at clinical sites and through public portals in terms of types of spiritual distress and interventions as well as in partnership opportunities for patient‐centered care. (to be presented at HCCN's 2017 Caring for the Human Spirit Conference - Integrating Spiritual Care in Health Care)
  • Telechaplaincy: Best Practices for Telehealth Chaplaincy Care (4/13/2016)
    • 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)
  • Chaplaincy Care Best Practices for 'Spiritual Not Religious' Persons (6/22/14)
    • 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.          
  • Attuned Breath Centering: integrating Psychology and Spirituality to Activate Well-Being   (4/10)
    • Judy Fleischman offered this presentation during her 90-minute workshop at the 2010 Conference of the Association of Professional Chaplains.  She 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 and spirituality in patient care as well as to experience Attuned Breath Centering as a method (“practice”) of integration.  It explored applications of Attuned Breath Centering for different clinical contexts and forms of spiritual distress. It is a Mindfulness Based Spiritual Intervention (MBSI) , which relieves spiritual distress. This method is adaptable to non-verbal expression as well through integration of expressive arts therapies methods.

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