Learning Never Ends

Here at the Center we have a deep commitment to learning and growing in pastoral skills that deepen our practice in order to better serve our patients and families. We do this through a variety of options that are available to staff, volunteers and the larger religious community. Call us at 315 464-4687 for details on any of the following offerings:

Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is experiential theological education designed to improve the quality of pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths and levels of experience. More information >>

Spiritual Care Grand Rounds

Spiritual Care Grand Rounds are open without charge to all interested in continuing professional pastoral development related to ministry in specialized settings. Grand Rounds is held on the first Wednesday of every month except July and August in the Setnor Academic Building, first floor Medical Alumni conference room from 4:00-5:15pm Past Grand Rounds presentations have been on ministering to patients at the end of life and the spiritual perspective of a 9/11 first responder.

Rev. Jerry Shave
Rev. Jerry Shave

Rev. Jerry Shave Annual Clergy Day

  • 21st Annual Rev. Jerry Shave Clergy Day
    Thursday, June 6, 2013
    Psychiatry and Ministry: Partners in Care
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Named after Rev. Jerry Shave, Protestant Chaplain at Upstate for 41 years, this annual conference in June is designed for all persons interested and involved in pastoral ministry – lay and ordained. The goal of Clergy Day is to utilize the latest technology and resources of Upstate to introduce the community to new aspects of effective ministry. Skills learned translate to everyday pastoral situations and strengthen one's pastoral care. Past presentations have been on spirituality of children and how to minister to suicidal patients. There is no charge for this event.

Peer Consultation Groups

The Center for Spiritual Care offers monthly peer groups for Spiritual Care volunteers, Assistant Chaplains, and a Clinical Pastoral Consultation group for area chaplains who have 4 or more Clinical Pastoral Education units and are eligible for board certification as a chaplain. In these groups, peers find collegiality and can offer one another support and confrontation for pastoral growth through clinical presentations and reflection.

Certified Music Practitioner Program

Coming to Upstate in March of 2012! The Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc. is a national education certification program preparing musicians and singers to provide live therapeutic music at the bedside of patients. Therapeutic music has been shown to reduce blood pressure, stabilize heart rate and decrease muscular tension and provide comfort at the end of life. More information >> External link Dona Wonacott, CMP, Upstate CMP Coordinator

BOOKS
Open the Eyes of My Heart by Walt Wasilewski with Imani Shabazz

Open the Eyes of My Heart by Walt Wasilewski with Imani Shabazz
This book tells the stories of spiritual care volunteers serving at Upstate University Hospital. Contributions are gratefully accepted so that we can continue to distribute this booklet free of charge.

HealthLink on Air Radio Show

Compassionate Rounds for Healthcare Providers

Rev. Virginia Lawson, PhD,
talks about a new program coming to Upstate called the Schwartz Compassionate Rounds External link, designed to promote the importance of healthcarte professionals listening to one another to enhance patient care.

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