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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.
Considered an essential primer for new and current leaders in Catholic health care, the program deepens understanding of the pivotal role leaders play in carrying out the healing mission of Catholic health care in serving the needs of patients, families, communities and the common good.
Online Foundations takes place in a series of eight consecutive weekly sessions on starting on Thursday, Feb. 3 to March 24, 2022 from 1-3:30 p.m. ET. An orientation session to familiarize participants with the overall program agenda and online format is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.
Each session features presentations from seasoned experts in key areas of Catholic health care in combination with valuable opportunities for dialogue and networking in breakout sessions and online discussions between each session.
The comprehensive curriculum encompasses leadership, formation, spirituality and whole person care, Catholic social tradition, theology, mission, ethics and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, sponsorship, community benefit, global health, advocacy, and discernment in decision making.
Each session focuses on a key principle of Catholic health leadership to give participants an in-depth understanding of core
principles of Catholic health care. Since each session builds on each other,
registrants are expected to participate in all eight sessions to benefit fully
from the program. Relevant reading materials and information for group
discussions are provided prior to each session.
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
ORIENTATION — TUESDAY, FEB. 1, 2022, 1 to 2 P.M. ET
Rooney, M.S. Psych, M.T.S., D. Soc.
This session will
introduce Diarmuid Rooney, director and faculty member of the program. He will
demonstrate features of the online platform that will be used throughout the
program, how breakout sessions will be handled, and answer any questions. The
orientation will also provide an introduction to CHA and the programs and
services available to members who work in Catholic health organizations.
Participants will also receive a helpful glossary of Catholic health
SESSION ONE – THURSDAY,
FEBRUARY 3, 2022, 1-3:30 P.M. ET
Leadership in Catholic Health Care
Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, MSW,
The objective is to enable participants to
articulate important challenges for Catholic health care and their implications
for leaders of the ministry. Themes include:
- What are the important opportunities and
challenges on the horizon for Catholic health care?
- In light of this, what are the implications
for leaders of this ministry?
- What question do you have about these
challenges and opportunities on the horizon?
- What do we mean when we say health care is
- What is the relationship of Catholic health
care to the broader ministry of the church, including the heritage of the
religious women and men who founded and nurtured the health ministry in the
Foundation of Catholic Health Care
The objective is to enable participants to express the relationship of the
healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the foundation and work of Catholic health
care. Themes include:
- What are the implications of describing “the healing
ministry of Jesus” as the foundation of our ministry?
- How do we understand Jesus as a healer of the whole
- What are the foundational healing stories for the
Catholic health ministry?
- What is the role of sacred Scripture as a spiritual touchstone for
Spirituality and Whole Person Care
SESSION TWO – THURSDAY,
FEB. 10, 2022, 1-3:30 P.M. ET
Prayer and Reflection
Rooney, M.S. Psych, M.T.S., D. Soc.
The objective is for participants to understand the
importance of whole person care and the central role of spirituality in Catholic
health care. Themes include:
- What is whole person
- What is the place of
spirit within this understanding of what it means to be
- What are the
spiritual needs of a person, and how do we respond to these needs in our
- What are spiritual
practices, and how do they get expressed in a diverse and pluralistic
SESSION THREE – THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2022, 1-3:30 P.M. ET
Catholic Social Tradition
M. Kane, Ph.D.
The objective is to identify foundational concepts in
Catholic Social Teaching and their implications for health care leadership.
- What is the
Catholic Social Tradition?
- What does
Catholic Social Teaching mean as the "public face" of the church’s moral
- Considering the
key principles of this tradition, what are some ethical issues that arise, for
example, in collaborative ventures with other
– THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2022, 1-3:30 P.M. ET Julie Trocchio, MSN and
Catholic Social Tradition in
The objective is to define and describe the
importance of community benefit and global health in Catholic health care and
why they are social justice issues. Themes include:
- What do we mean by community benefit and
the social determinants of health?
- What are the social conditions necessary
for an individual’s dignity to be actualized?
- What do you know about how your
organization is responding to the needs within your
- Catholic health care has always transcended
national boundaries. In today’s global environment, how has global health
taken on new importance rooted in the imperative to preach the Gospel to the
"ends of the earth?”
- How are CHA’s outreach activities
supporting members, partnering organizations and the
- How do you think you can enhance your own
and your organization’s international health
– THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2022, 1-3:30 P.M. ET
Ethics and Discernment
Nathaniel Blanton Hibner,
M.T.S., Ph.D. and Diarmuid Rooney, M.S. Psych, M.T.S., D. Soc.
The objective is to introduce participants to the
extensive history of ethics and moral theology. It will also situate the role of
discernment in all ethical decision making. The themes
- What do we mean by “ethics” and
- When did the Catholic moral and ethical theology
begin? How has it evolved?
- Where is “discernment” situated in moral and
ethical decision making?
Clinical Aspects of the Ethical and Religious Directives for
Catholic Health Care Services
The objective is
to introduce the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic health care
Services (ERDs) as a leadership resource and to articulate a basic process for
ethical decision making in the health care setting. Themes
- What are the Ethical and Religious
Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs)?
- How do the ERDs define the moral and
ethical framework for Catholic health care in the United
- How does our understanding of ethics play
out in provider/patient relationships and in specific issues at the beginning
and end of life?
SESSION SIX – THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2022, 1-3:30 P.M. ET
Models of the Church: Spirit and
Rooney, M.S. Psych, M.T.S., D. Soc.
The objective is
to enable participants to understand the models and ethos of the church. Themes
- How do we understand the church from
servant to institution?
- As institution, what is the structure of
the church from parish to papacy?
- Why is the mystical dimension of the church
important to leadership in Catholic health care?
Fr. Charles Bouchard, OP,
The objective is
to introduce participants to meaning of sponsorship in Catholic health care
today. Themes include:
- How has sponsorship emerged and evolved
into its present structure?
- What are sponsors responsible for, how are
they structured and how do they live out their ministry?
- What are some of the hopes and challenges
facing sponsors now and into the future?
SESSION SEVEN –
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2022, 1-3:30 P.M. ET
Stewarding Organizational Culture in the Catholic
Brian Smith, MS, MA, M.Div.
The objective is to develop a plan for ongoing development and formation as a
ministry leader in Catholic health care. Themes include:
- In what ways are leaders "culture bearers" who hold
the organization’s integrity in trust and shape its culture?
- How do leaders in Catholic health care use leadership
principles as tools for maintaining a distinctive Catholic culture?
- What are some core spiritual practices that can strengthen a leader’s
personal and professional growth?
SESSION EIGHT – THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 1-3:30 P.M. ET
Discernment, Ongoing Formation and
Ph.D. and Diarmuid Rooney, M.S. Psych, M.T.S., D. Soc.
The objective is to prepare leaders for discernment in
decision making and ongoing formation opportunities, both personally and
professionally, through CHA offerings and other local and national
Is the reg
istration fee per person or per site?
The registration fee
is per person. If a group is attending from the same location, the registration
fee applies to each person who registers for the program. Each participant must
register individually. A group discount of 10 percent off each individual
registration is available for groups of five or more participants who register
at the same time from the same facility or location.
purchase individual sessions?
This is a formation program
that builds on each session. As a result, it is offered as an integrated, eight-
week program. Individual sessions are not available separately.
must have a CHA web account to attend this event. If you do not already have
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This program is designed to
provide ample time for small group discussions so participants may gain
knowledge from presenters and one another. To ensure that the small groups
become a forum for networking and sharing information and experiences,
registrants must participate in all sessions.
Sessions are recorded and
are made available to registrants the week after the session. This is done as a
courtesy for anyone who cannot attend a live presentation due to an unexpected
absence. In no way should the recordings be used to take the place of attending
the live presentation and participating in the small group
and Group Attendance
The online course provides a valuable
educational and formation experience for individuals and teams of participants
from the same facility/location. The difference in the experience for the
individual participant versus persons in a group at the same location is in the
small group discussions. Individuals will be connected with other individual
registrants from across the country in a small group that is developed for
Part of a Group
Many organizations use this online program as an
opportunity for team building and education and to augment their own formation
programs. Executive teams and/or department leads or other groups can register
and then attend together in one room using one computer and one phone line.
Based on experience over the years, we recommend that the group does not exceed
eight persons. If two or three individuals attend from one location, CHA will
assign them to a small group that will include participants from other
Individual registrants can participate from anywhere.
They are assigned to small groups and then connect via phone to other members of
their small group. Participants in previous programs have indicated that
connections they made with members of the group continued well after the online
program concluded. To foster team building within a system, CHA assigns
individuals from facilities within the same system to the same small
Please note CHA
does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for any
CHA will provide all
Online Foundations participants with a Certificate of Attendance indicating
contact hours at the conclusion of the program. All program registrants will
receive an email with a link to the overall evaluation as well as information
regarding the Certificate of Attendance.
Participants may submit
Certificates of Attendance to relevant organizations that accept proof of
contact hours as credit.
American College of Healthcare Executives:
American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report
qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA
Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side
to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.
Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC)
board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education
hours (CEHs) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA
Certificate of Attendance
For further information
regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact Danette Thompson, (314)