I have just returned from Washington, D.C. and the pastoral care leadership meetings, representing NIBIC. The meetings went very well; we had a good session on “Best Practices in Resiliency for Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors” and another on chaplaincy advocacy at the grassroots and nationally. New member groups are joining the COMISS Network, and all the discourse was civil. So that is good news. I would like to have other team members at next year’s meeting, which will be at a new location, the Crystal Gateway Marriott, by Reagan airport. The dates are January 13—14th.
Here is the link to the 2018 Dues and Directory Update page and for those of you who are at the Certified Clinical Level of membership, the forms. Remember that those of you who have been a Clinical member at least a year are qualified to apply for certification. If you are interested please contact me for information and questions answered. A significant development during the COMISS meeting is that care institutions are requiring certification by are recognized national body that provides certification.
Have a good second half of January,
Diana C. Dale, D.Min., Ph.D., NBCC
Executive Director, NIBIC