2019 PCN National Conference

  • Place: Serra Retreat Center – Malibu, CA
  • Date: April 30 – May 3, 2019

“The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection, there is no story to tell.”

Ben Okri, novelist and poet

The Pediatric Chaplain’s Network (PCN) invites you to join us in Malibu, California for our annual conference. This year’s conference theme is “Sacred Stories: The Role of Narrative in Medicine & Ethics.” As providers of spiritual care for children, families and caregivers, we are all challenged to navigate the complex and imperfect systems of medical care and ethics in a way that is unique to pediatric healthcare.  We are called to help those we serve find meaning in the midst of mystery, all the while encouraging, inviting, seeking out and searching for meaning amongst ourselves and our colleagues. Story plays a powerful role in this sacred charge. We will explore the role that story plays in:

  • advocating for patients and families to the care team
  • supporting staff and clinical providers
  • providing context and meaning in the midst of difficult ethical decisions
  • communicating the spiritual care narrative in professional language
  • helping children find meaning and hope in the mist of their hospitalization
  • much more…

Who Should Attend?

  • Chaplains
  • CPE students
  • Social Workers
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Anyone who works with or is interested in the spiritual care of children
  • Anyone who has a story to tell

Interest Groups


(Time slots to be determined based on registration demand)

  • Serving Families Who Hope for a Miracle – James Henrich
  • Using Art to Facilitate Meaning Making for Palliative Patients and Families – Kirstin Springmeyer
  • Stories that Matter: The Use of Narrative in Staff Support – Eliza Stoddard Leatherberry, Tracy Nolan, Staycie Flint
  • Listening to Other Voices: Utilizing Narrative to Foster Awareness of Spirituality in a Pediatric Palliative Care Program – Elizabeth Hawkins
  • Interwoven Narratives: The roles of Pediatric Chaplains in Organ and Tissue Procurement – Tracey Y. Woods
  • Scenario Training in the NICU and Ethics Committee-Making Difficult Conversations Better by Addressing the Whole Story – Connie Beemer
  • What the Wind Can Tell You – Michele Torres
  • PCI Spring Intensive – Safe Crossings Insights from the Expressive Arts for Chaplains. For more information contact kennisdu@childrensnational.org

PCI Spring Intensive


$485 for single occupancy
$410 for double occupancy
Includes conference fee, meals and lodging

$525 for single occupancy
$450 for double occupancy
Includes conference fee, meals, and lodging

$250 ($100 for single day)
Includes conference fee and meals

$385 Single occupancy
$310 Double occupancy
Includes conference fee, meals, and lodging

Includes meals and lodging, not attending conference presentations


Registration must be completed before April 1, 2019. 
Use the “REGISTER NOW” button above or print the form linked below and mail with payment.

Registration Fee:

If PCN has already received your membership fee for 2019, you are eligible to register at the lower Member rate. If you have not joined for 2019, you may do so at our JOIN PAGE, and then register at the Member rate. If you are not a Member, please register using the Non-Member rate.

Payment Options:

You or your institution may use the “Register Now” button above for an electronic payment option, or send a check to:

Pediatric Chaplains Network
111 Michigan Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20010

Please see the conference schedule to pick your interest group choices. These will be scheduled based on interest. Please choose three when you register and if you have any questions email Lindsay.bona@advocateheath.com

Scholarship of PCN National Conference:

Full and partial scholarships are available for a limited number of registrants who receive no financial support from their employing institution or other outside source. The deadline is March 18, 2019 for scholarship applications.

For additional information contact Lavender Kelley:

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