“I have attended many trainings in my career, because it was mandated or I needed the CEU’s or hours, only to come away disappointed and thinking “well that one is done”! There is a training out there that goes beyond the requirements; it reaches into your very being! I walked away from SCIE, Spiritual Care Integrity & Excellence: Training & Support for Healthcare Professionals, knowing not only what skills are required for this work, but also refreshed. I felt ready to help, advise, and console those we are committed to care for during their final journey in life, and to support those who care for the hospice recipient. The trainers incorporate the requirements into life lessons mixed with laughter and tears. It was training well worth my time!”
– Maxcine Tomlinson, LMSW
Director of Governmental Relations
Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization
“Carla Cheatham MDiv, PhD is one of the most engaging, dynamic, and relevant speakers I have heard. Her message is important for healthcare providers and particularly for hospices and their chaplains. Her curriculum on ensuring your program delivers high quality spiritual care is a must for all hospices; filled with practical tools, tips and cases, this curriculum will lift your program to new heights.
I have had the privilege of co-presenting with Dr. Cheatham on several topics. Working with her is a pleasure. Her dedication to sharing the evidence-base and to the service of patients and families shines throughout her work. Her delivery is enthralling and audiences leave ready to incorporate their new knowledge the next day- which is the goal of every excellent speaker. If you hire Dr. Cheatham to work once with your organization, you will be calling her again.”
– Marcia Levetown, MD, FAAHPM
Principal, HealthCare Communication Associates
“This is definitely a highly recommended training for all team members caring for patients with advanced illness. It provides the opportunity to grow in understanding the ways spiritual care may be approached by all staff to improve quality of life and relieve the suffering of patients and their caregivers.”
– Marvin O. Delgado Guay M.D.
The University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center.
“As the former Executive Director of the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, I highly recommend Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham’s trainings. She and one of her consultants, Chaplain Danny Mack, presented the SCIE curriculum as a one-day pre-conference for our Annual Meeting in 2013.
It was the best attendance we have ever had at a pre-conference and also received, by far, the best evaluations from participants that we had ever seen. Participants came out of that room almost floating on air, and consistently shared that it was the best training they had ever attended.
Spiritual care is a crucial aspect of the professional care we provide in hospice and palliative care, and our clinical staff including chaplains, social workers, nurses, etc. can all benefit from the personal and professional impact SCIE has to offer them, and the agencies and teams with which they work.”
– Jennifer Hale, former Executive Director
Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
“The SCIE trainings, provided throughout the Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization, has been a tremendous help to our hospice organization. It has developed and provided some standards in the area of “marrying” the clinical aspects of our agency’s responsibilities to the ministerial aspects of compassionate care for our patients and their families. The topics covered in the various SCIE trainings that I have attended cover a wide spectrum of issues in the area of spiritual care and have helped me in forming a plan that is conducive to the care of our patients, their families, our staff, and any entity involved with our agency.
Dr. Carla Cheatham has put together an impressive team of professionals that is sensitive to the target audience, and they are fully aware that there is no one “standardized” system for most of the tasks and needs that we are called to address. Instead, they remind us that we must be well prepared to respond ethically and compassionately to whatever task or need arises. The team has provided assistance in every area of palliative care and that helps our entire hospice team of nurses, administrative personnel, and social workers to provide productive input in our weekly Interdisciplinary Group meetings.
I am excited to hear of the expansion of SCIE’s work in continuing to face the challenges of meeting the educational needs of those in palliative care and to provide a forum in which all disciplines can influence one another as we continue to strive to meet those lofty goals to which we aspire.”
– Oscar A. Chavez
Chaplain/ Bereavement Coordinator
Area Community Hospice