Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook

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Rev. Willard W. C. Ashley Sr., MDiv, DMin, DH, a frequent speaker on the topics of leadership development, clergy resiliency and interfaith dialogue, is acting dean and associate professor of practical theology at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He was the interim pastor at Union Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey, and is the founding pastor of Abundant Joy Community Church in Jersey City, New Jersey. He also serves as a consultant on disaster recovery and clergy self-care to congregations and Fortune 100 companies. He is author of Learning to Lead: Lessons in Leadership for People of Faith and coeditor of Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional and National Tragedy (SkyLight Paths).

Nancy Berlinger is the deputy director and associate for religious studies at the Hastings Center.

Rabbi Zahara Davidowitz-Farkas, BCJC, was the founding executivedirector of Disaster Chaplaincy Services, New York. She responded onSeptember 12, 2001, to the 9/11 attacks in New York City. At the beginningof 2002 she was hired full-time to oversee the American RedCross's (ARC) Spiritual Care Long Term Recovery program in NewYork City. She is a longtime member of ARC's Spiritual Care Response
Team and serves on the national oversight committee. She served as deanof the Rabbinic Seminary of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute ofReligion in New York, as the director of the Jack D. Weiler Chaplaincy Program of the New York Board of Rabbis, and as coordinator of Jewish chaplaincy at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center under the auspices of the HealthCare Chaplaincy.

Rev. Bill Gaventa, MDiv, serves as director of Community and Congregational Supports at the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and as associate professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), New Brunswick, New Jersey. In his role at the Boggs Center, Rev. Gaventa works on community supports, training for community services staff, spiritual supports, training of seminarians and clergy, aging and end-of-life / grief issues, and cultural competence. He has edited four books, written a number of book chapters and articles, and served as the editor of the Journal of Religion, Disability and Health for fourteen years.

Rev. George Handzo, MDiv, BCC, CSSBB, is the vice president of Chaplaincy Care Leadership and Practice at HealthCare Chaplaincy. Rev. Handzo directs the only consulting service devoted to the strategic assessment, planning, and management of chaplaincy services. HealthCare Chaplaincy employs best practices in strategic planning and clinical practice to maximize the effectiveness of an organization's pastoral care and to align it with the institution's overall objectives. Prior to his current position, Rev. Handzo was the director of Chaplaincy Services at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for more than twenty years and is a past president of the Association of Professional Chaplains. He serves on the Distress Guidelines Panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Rev. Handzo has authored or coauthored more than fifty chapters and articles on the practice of pastoral care.

Chaplain Gerald L. Jones, MA, BCC, ACPE Supervisor, is the director of chaplain services at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville, California. He is a CPE supervisor with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). He has trained multiple CPE groups throughout northern California on the "Art of the Written Prayer" and has published an article of the same title in Chaplaincy Today. He currently serves as the northern California State chair with the APC.

Rev. Marcia Marino, DMin, BCC, currently serves as the transition minister of the First Unitarian Church of Saint Louis, Missouri. She previously served as the regional director of pastoral care for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She is the Finance Committee chair and the interim treasurer for the Association of Professional Chaplains. She holds dual standing with the Unitarian Universalist
Association and the United Church of Christ. She wrote "Living with a Big Heart," in The Spirit: An Ecumenical Spirituality Newsletter.

Rev. Brent Peery, DMin, BCC, is director of the Chaplaincy Services Department for Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He previously served as a congregational clergyperson and as a pediatric chaplain. In addition to serving as chair of the OOC task force for Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, he has taught, consulted, and written on the subject for several years.

Chaplain Timothy G. Serban, MA, BCC, is vice president of mission integration and spiritual care at Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett, Washington, supporting a team of twenty-one board certified chaplains and music thanatologists. He has been in the field of spiritual care, mission, and ethics for more than twenty-two years. He holds his master's degree in theology and pastoral ministry in health care from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a board certified chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. He serves as national volunteer lead for the Spiritual Care Response Team of the
American Red Cross in Washington, DC, and liaison of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains to the American Red Cross. Chaplain Serban has taught and spoken abroad on disaster response, ethics, and spiritual care. He is a contributor to Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional and National Tragedy (SkyLight Paths Publishing), and The Red Guide to Recovery: A Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors.

Rev. Jo Clare Wilson, ACPE Supervisor, is director of pastoral care and education at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut, and is regional codirector of the Eastern Region of ACPE. She is a past president of ACPE and a Disciples of Christ minister.

Paula DeAngelo, MS, Senior OD Consultant, is an organizational development consultant for Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Sugar Land, Texas. She received her master's degree in training and development and has worked supporting clients in the areas of training design and development, needs analysis, curriculum design, change management, strategic planning, communication strategy development and implementation, competency modeling, and team building interventions.

Rabbi H. Rafael Goldstein, BCJC, is the director of pastoral care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He did his chaplaincy residency at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, where he served as the Jewish community chaplain for seven years. He is the founder of
Dynamics of Hope Consulting (, which provides workshops for health care workers and people living with illness on issues of hope, forgiveness, joy, and life. He is the author of four books, including Being a Blessing: 54 Ways You Can Help People Living with AIDS and The Dynamics of Hope Prayerbook, for people living with illness, their loved ones, and caregivers, as well as numerous articles, which can be found on the website.

Rev. Curtis W. Hart, MDiv, BCC, CPSP Diplomate Supervisor, is an Episcopal priest and lecturer in public health, medicine, and psychiatry, Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell, New York, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Religion and Health. At Weill Cornell Medical College, he teaches medical students in the "Medicine, Patients, and Society" curriculum and is a member of the Institutional Review Board, Committee on Human Rights in Research. At Weill Cornell he is an active participant in the Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar and its Working Group on Psychoanalysis and the Arts. He is a lecturer in the Program in Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary and a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. His other professional associations include being a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education.

Rev. Robert A. Kidd, MDiv, BCC, is the director of spiritual care and education at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists and is a past president of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Rev. Lynne M. Mikulak, MDiv, MSW, BCC, ACPE Supervisor, is coordinator of pastoral care and education at the Payne Whitney Westchester Psychiatry Division of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
She is a certified supervisor with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She has run spirituality groups for the past fifteen years in a variety of parish, community, and clinical settings, with a focus on spiritual, theological, and cultural awareness and development.

Chaplain Linda F. Piotrowski, MTS, BCC, is the pastoral care coordinator and chaplain for the Palliative Care Service at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Previously, she was the founding chaplain of the Pastoral Care Service at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vermont, and regional director of spiritual care for the Covenant Healthcare System in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chaplain Piotrowski is coauthor of "Teamwork in Palliative Care: Social Work Role with Spiritual Care Professionals," in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work. She is also published in Living with Grief: Spirituality and End-of-Life Care, the companion book for Hospice Foundation of America's (HFA) 2011 Living with Grief program.

Bishop Dr. Teresa E. Snorton, MDiv, DMin, BCC, ACPE Supervisor, is the former executive director of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. She is a certified clinical pastoral educator (CPE supervisor) and a board certified chaplain in the Association of Professional
Chaplains. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and the presiding bishop of the denomination's Fifth Episcopal District. She is the first female to be elected by the CME Church to serve as bishop. Bishop Dr. Snorton has more than thirty years of experience in pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, and clinical pastoral education. She is coeditor, with Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, of the book Women Out of Order: Risking Change, Creating Care in a
Multicultural World.

Rev. Sue Wintz, MDiv, BCC, is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains and is a past president of that organization. She is the managing editor of HealthCare Chaplaincy's professional publication PlainViews, which translates knowledge and skills into effective and palliative care. Her work in teaching, research, writing, and consulting has contributed to organizations such as the Joint Commission and the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. She is a staff chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, where she is
assigned to the intensive care units of the Barrow Neurological Institute.

Rev. Nancy K. Anderson, ACPE Supervisor, is director of spiritual care at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and is regional codirector of the Eastern Region of ACPE. She is an ordained United Methodist clergy.