2020 Online Foundations of Catholic Health Care Leadership

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CHA's Foundations of Catholic Health Care Leadership Program provides executives, board members, directors, managers, clinicians and other leaders in Catholic health care with a foundation in core theological and ethical principles that are at the heart of the Catholic health ministry. The program addresses the interest many leaders have expressed to deepen their understanding of the moral principles of the church in serving the needs of patients, families, communities and the common good.

The Foundations of Catholic Health Care Leadership Program is a "must-have" primer for new and current leaders in Catholic health care. Over the last two decades, thousands of leaders have broadened their understanding of the ministry through the program's in-person or online formats.

To enhance learning and engagement, the online Foundations Program features a refreshed course design and new, interactive, web-based learning platform that offers additional resources and opportunities for participants to reinforce their learning experience and ongoing professional development.

The online course takes place in a series of sessions on seven consecutive Fridays from Jan. 17 to Feb. 28, 2020.

Each session includes presentations, as well as opportunities for interaction via online chat and online small group discussions. Since each session focuses on a key principle of Catholic health leadership, registrants are expected to participate in all sessions. Assignments and reading materials will be available for download prior to each session. An orientation session to familiarize participants with the online format is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2020, from 2-3 p.m. ET.

To enhance interaction and benefits of the formational experience, we recommend that, whenever possible, registrants participate together with colleagues in groups at the same facility. Individual participants are also welcome, and we are happy to link them with participants from other locations for all group discussions.

Program Objective

Completion of this program will enable participants to begin articulating and integrating spiritual, theological and ethical principles of Catholic health care and applying them to their work.

This Program Will Benefit

  • Executives
  • Board members
  • Directors
  • Managers and middle managers    
  • Physicians, nurses and clinical staff
  • Pastoral care staff
  • Communications and marketing staff
  • Persons serving in leadership of partner organizations

Curriculum

The curriculum weaves biblical, theological and spiritual aspects of health care ministry in a model that incorporates adult learning methods within a framework of ministry formation and development.

Completion of this program will enable participants to begin articulating and integrating spiritual, theological and ethical principles of Catholic health care and applying them to their work.


SESSION ONE
Ministry in Catholic Health Care
Objective: Enable participants to articulate what it means to say that Catholic health care is a ministry of the church, and to describe the emerging role of sponsors

Jesus, The Foundation of Catholic Health Care
Objective: Enable participants to express the relationship of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the foundation and work of Catholic health care



SESSION TWO
Spirituality and Whole Person Care
Objective: Understand the importance of whole person care and the central role of spirituality in Catholic health care

Community Benefit and Population Health
Objective: Define and describe the importance of community benefit as part of Catholic health care



SESSION THREE
Catholic Social Tradition
Objective: Identify foundational concepts in Catholic social teaching and their implications for health care leadership

Social Justice and International Outreach
Objective: Understand what international outreach means in Catholic health care and why it is a social justice issue



SESSION FOUR
Ethics and Discernment
Objective: Introduce participants to the extensive history of ethics and moral theology.  It will also situate the role of discernment in all ethical decision making

Clinical Aspects of the Ethical and Religious Directives
Objective: Introduce the Ethical and Religious Directives as a leadership resource and articulate a basic process for ethical decision making in the health care setting



SESSION FIVE
Stewarding Organizational Culture in the Catholic Tradition
Objective: Develop a plan for ongoing development and formation as a ministry leader in Catholic health care



SESSION SIX
Models of the Church: Spirit and Structure
Objective: Enable participants to understand the models and ethos of the church

Sponsorship Today
Objective: Introduce participants to the meaning of sponsorship in Catholic health care today



SESSION SEVEN
Leadership in Catholic Health Care
Objective: Enable participants to articulate important challenges on the horizon for Catholic health care and their implications for leaders of this ministry

Ongoing Formation
Objective: Prepare leaders for ongoing formation opportunities, both personally and professionally, through CHA offerings and other local and national initiatives