Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham began her career in social services with an MA in Psychology, certification in trauma counseling and experience working in counseling and treatment centers. She taught and researched on the interaction between spirituality and health at Texas A&M while receiving her PhD in Health & Kinesiology and earned her M.Div. at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology.
After serving faith communities and directing an interfaith non-profit supporting worker justice, Carla began a decade of work as a hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator in Austin, Texas.
She is now the Principal and Lead Trainer for Carla Cheatham Consulting Group, LLC and serves as a national keynote speaker and educator teaching in the areas of clinical presence and attunement, compassion fatigue and resilience, ethical spiritual and existential care, grief support, ethical boundaries and healthy teams, and more.
Carla is the Section Leader for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Spiritual Caregivers Section, a member of NHPCO’s Ethics Advisory Council, an Adjunct Professor at the Seminary of the Southwest, and Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland where she is co-developing and teaching courses for their new Masters of Science in Palliative Care degree.
Carla publishes two blogs through CarlaCheatham.com and HospiceWhispers.com. She is the author of Hospice Whispers: Stories of Life and its companion piece, Sharing Our Stories: A Hospice Whispers Grief Support Workbook, both available through Amazon (paperback, eBook, and Audible). Her next book on grief is set for publication Fall 2017 and another on the art of presence with those who are suffering in the Spring of 2018.
Carla strives to practice what she teaches with regular hikes with her two rescued border collies, mountain-bike excursions, and by absorbing as much live music as she possibly can in her beloved Austin.