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Application Eligibility Requirements for both Action/Reflection Application and Written Application


The applicant for the BCC-PCHAC certification must demonstrate advanced practice beyond the Board Certified Chaplain level.  The Application Guidelines offer detailed guidance on meeting the advanced practice criterion and the other requirements of specialty certification. There are two tracks for acheiving BCC-PCHAC Certification:
 
(Track 1) - Written Application Components
       
       1. Progression Essay--3-4 pages

a.  Tell us about your professional setting: A description of the palliative care or hospice program in which you work, including the programs’ disciplines, organizational structure, number of palliative care or hospice consults per month, and your role in the palliative care or hospice program.
b.  Tell us about yourself in this work and how your own personal loss/grief informs your work. This is an account of your own life experiences of loss and grief that inform your patient-centered care provided at the end of life.
c.  Elaborate on your pursuit of palliative care and hospice certification.

         2. Major essay-- 10-12 pages, incorporating all of the Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty Certification Competencies.  The major essay has three required components, which may be woven into a single document or may be submitted as three separate documents, in either instance totaling no more than 10-12 pages for all three components. The following components must be included in the major essay:

a.    Theory and practice of chaplaincy care in palliative care/hospice ministry.
b.    Case presentation that is comprehensive in scope of care, addressing but not limited to:
           i. An evolving, comprehensive spiritual plan of care
           ii. Progression of spiritual practice over the case
           iii. Integration of chaplaincy care to enhance other palliative care/hospice disciplines in providing holistic service to patient/family

c.    Written demonstration of participation in a quality improvement process that enhances the delivery of chaplaincy care in palliative care/hospice.

        3. Letters of Reference--Submit three (3) recommendation letters: one from a palliative care/hospice supervisor (can include verification that clinical experience requirements have been met), and two from interdisciplinary palliative care/hospice team members who served with the applicant, only one of whom may be a chaplain colleague. Don’t underestimate the value of in-depth, case-oriented recommendations that clearly demonstrate the applicant’s contributions to the palliative care/hospice team.  See the Application Guidelines for guidance on this and all other requirements.

(Track 2) - Action/Reflection Application Components

       1.  Progression Essay--3-4 pages

a. Tell us about your professional setting: A description of the palliative care or hospice program in which you work, including the programs’ disciplines, organizational structure, number of palliative care or hospice consults per month, and your role in the palliative care or hospice program.

b.  Tell us about your self in this work and how your own personal loss/grief informs your work? An account of your own life experiences of loss and grief that inform your patient-centered care provided at the end of life.

c.  Elaborate on your pursuit of palliative care and hospice certification.

       2.  Letters of Reference:

Submit three (3) recommendation letters: one from a palliative care/hospice supervisor (can include verification that clinical experience requirements have been met), and two from interdisciplinary palliative care/hospice team members who served with the applicant, only one of whom may be a chaplain colleague. Don’t underestimate the value of in-depth, case-oriented recommendations that clearly demonstrate the applicant’s contributions to the palliative care/hospice team.  See the Application Guidelines for guidance on this and all other requirements. 

       3. Participation in 2-day Advanced Practice Workshop- where all competencies will be demonstrated for obtaining certification.

 
Application Eligibility Requirements for Either Written Application (Track 1) OR Action/Reflection Application (Track 2)

       1.  Board Certification for a minimum of one year.
       2.  Direct clinical palliative care and/or hospice work experience spanning over 3 years at a minimum of 520 hours per year.
       3.  Completion of an intensive palliative care and/or hospice course-equivalent to 3 credit hours (45 hours)
       4.  Suggested readings:

Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension
of Palliative Care: The Report of the Consensus Conference
Christina Puchalski, M.D., M.S., F.A.P.C.,1 Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., M.A., F.A.A.N., F.P.C.N.,2
Rose Virani, R.N.C., M.H.A., O.C.N.,_ F.P.C.N.,2 Shirley Otis-Green, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C.,2
Pamela Baird, A.A.,2 Janet Bull, M.A.,1 Harvey Chochinov, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C.,3
George Handzo, M.Div., B.C.C., M.A.,4 Holly Nelson-Becker, M.S.W., Ph.D.,5
Maryjo Prince-Paul, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., A.C.H.P.N.,6
Karen Pugliese, M.A., B.C.C.,7 and Daniel Sulmasy, O.F.M., M.D., Ph.D.8
 
JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE MEDICINE
Volume 12, Number 10, 2009
ª Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
DOI: 10.1089=jpm.2009.0142
 
Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience, Barbara Karnes, RN