Program 'Get ready for spiritual care'

Learning competences EPICC

The content of the program is based on the 4 competences of EPICC, these are:

  • Intrapersonal spirituality: develop awareness of the importance of spirituality on health and well being
  • Interpersonal spirituality: learn about engaging with persons’ spirituality, acknowledging their unique spiritual and cultural worldviews, beliefs and practices
  • Spiritual care – assessment and planning: learn to assess spiritual needs and resources using appropriate formal and informal approaches, and planning of spiritual care, maintaining confidentially and obtaining informed consent
  • Spiritual care – intervention and evaluation: learn to respond to spiritual needs and resources within a caring, compassionate relationship
    (source: www.epicc-project.eu)

Day 1 - September 27th: Intra Personal Spirituality

Focus: Intra personal spirituality is about the personal awareness of the health care professional of the importance and impact of spirituality on health and wellbeing. During the program of this first day of the event you will work on your personal role in spiritual care.

Program content:

  • Welcome: by the event hosts Anthony Schwartz and Aliza Damsma and EPICC Chair René van Leeuwen.
  • Building an international learning community about spirituality and spiritual care: An round table introduction of the event’s theme ‘Get ready for spiritual care’!
  • Knowing the participants: opinions, expectations and questions: an interactive introduction.
  • Patient spirituality : Introduction of a case study that will be treated throughout the program of the event. Click here to read about the case in advance.
  • Keynote lecture: Inner Space as precondition for delivering spiritual care Professor Carlo Leget, University of Humanities, Netherlands.
  • Poster Pitches by students: presentations about educational projects spiritual care. Nominations for 1st EPICC student award.
  • Breakout Sessions: working on a practice oriented case related to the concepts intrapersonal spirituality and inner space.
  • Plenary interactive reflection with professor Carlo Leget: about the outcomes of the breakout sessions. How do you work on the competence of intra personal spirituality?

Day 2 - September 28th: Inter Personal Spirituality

Focus: Inter personal spirituality is about engaging with persons’ spirituality acknowledging their unique spiritual and cultural worldviews beliefs and practices. On this second day you work on communicating and supporting patients and clients in spiritual care.

Program content:

  • Keynote lecture: Making the connection, communication skills for spiritual care Professor Elisabeth-Johnston Taylor, Loma Linda University, School of Nursing, USA.
  • Interactive session with Professor Johnston-Taylor about spiritual care communication: paradox of spiritual care as part of professional role, confidence, barriers to communicate, cope with spiritual pain, empathic communication: presence, silence, h listic communication, levels of empathic response.
  • Poster Pitches by students: presentations about educational projects spiritual care. Nominations for 1st EPICC student award.
  • Breakout Sessions: working on a practice oriented case related to interpersonal communication and support in spiritual care.
  • Plenary interactive reflections with professor Johnston-Taylor: about the outcomes of the breakout sessions. How do you work on communicating with and support the patients in spiritual care? How to develop your interpersonal competence.
  • Launch of the EPICC Book: Enhancing Nurses’ and Midwives Competence in Providing Spiritual Care (W. McSherry, A. Boughey, J. Attard ed.). Springer Publishers.

Day 3 - September 29th: Spiritual Care: Assessment, Planning, Intervention, Evaluation

Focus: Spiritual care within the context of the caring process is about assessing patients’ spirituality,  spiritual needs and/or resources by using appropriate formal and informal approaches, and plan spiritual care maintaining confidentiality and obtaining informed consent, and responding to spirituality, spiritual needs and/or resources within a caring, compassionate relationship.

Program Content:

  • Keynote lecture: Spiritual Care within the Context of the Caring Process by Professor Linda Ross, University of South Wales and Professor Wilfred McSherry, Staffordshire University, UK.
  • Student presentations about application of the SAM-2Q assessment tool for spiritual care
  • Poster Pitches by students: presentations about educational projects spiritual care. Nominations for 1st EPICC student award.
  • Break Out Sessions: clinical reasoning about spiritual care in the different phases of the caring process. Working on a patient case study.
  • Plenary Interactive Round Table: Towards a care plan for spiritual care.
  • Interactive reflection on Events Outcomes.
  • Voting winner 1st EPICC Student Award and interview with the winner.
  • Presentation next student Event: Bergen, Norway, 2023.