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Chaplaincy in 2020: Models and Methods
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1/28/2020 to 1/29/2020
When: January 28-29, 2020
Tuesday, 8:30am-3:30pm; Wednesday, 8:30am-3:30pm
Where: Campbell Hall
4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Studio City, California  91607
United States

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CSEE Member Schools: $275

Non-Members: $450

CSEE has a block of rooms at lovely area hotel. Please click here for details.


Target Audience

This event is for Chaplains or those responsible for similar duties at their schools. Those serving any grade levels between K-12 are welcome.



Join Chaplains from religious and secular schools for discussion, reflection, resource-sharing, and camaraderie. This year’s gathering draws on input from previous participants and members of our Chaplains Department.

Tuesday Morning
We’ll be joined by Jere Wells, the Director of the Educational Leadership and Ministry Program at Yale Divinity School. He’ll guide our discussions on how chaplaincy becomes an effective strand within the pastoral care web as it interweaves (or doesn’t) with the work of counsellors, advisors, and human resources personnel. This session will afford us the opportunity to step back from our own schools and consider the range of models employed across our diverse communities.

Tuesday Afternoon
Two colleagues from St. Michaels University School will help us hone concrete skills that apply to our practice when working with individuals and teams. Keith Driscoll, Director of Boarding and Student Life, will outline what makes for an effective coach in guiding individuals through their own thought processes. Keven Fletcher, Chaplain and Faculty Mentor, will do the same from the perspective of a mediator. Together, they’ll offer an assortment of approaches and tools to incorporate (or re-incorporate) into our daily work.

Tuesday Evening
Those who wish can gather for a session on “Failure – Explorations in Sub-Optimal Moments in Chaplaincy,” where a few of us will open our more troubling experiences to group reflection, offering the opportunity to learn as much from our stumbles as our successes.

Wednesday Morning
We’ll complete our session on coaching and mediation before taking time to share some of the highlights of our work. If the previous evening offers a chance to learn from our missteps, this session will focus on innovative successes. Some of the content will involve pre-arranged, short presentations, while other ideas will be shared in an open floor format.

Wednesday Afternoon
Before closing our time together, we’ll take the opportunity to meet in sub-groups around themes generated by participants. For example, if you want to connect with colleagues over how your work intersects with character education or what might make for an effective feedback tool for chaplains, various groups will form around specific areas of interest.

Participants might also be interested in joining the conference on grief being held on January 27th at the same location.

About our Presenters

Jere Wells
Jere is the Director of ELM, The Educational Leadership and Ministry Program at Yale Divinity School. Sponsored by Berkeley, the Episcopal seminary at Yale, ELM provides the courses and field experiences for YDS students of all denominations and faith backgrounds who are considering careers of working with young people in schools and colleges. Jere came to YDS in 2016 after a career as an independent school educator and administrator at Woodberry Forest School in VA and The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA. He also enjoyed work with professional colleagues throughout the country through organizations such as the INDEX school consortium and The Secondary Schools Admission Test Board. He lives in New Haven, CT, which is conveniently equidistant between New York City, where his adult children live and work, and Newport, RI, where his wife serves as an Episcopal priest, and he enjoys taking sailing lessons.

Keith Driscoll
Keith has been an educator for 25 years, after completing his education degree at McGill University. Over these years, Keith has held roles as a teacher, athletic coach, department head, academic counselor and as a Vice Principal. In his 12 years at St. Michaels University School (SMUS) he has served as an Assistant Director of the Middle School, as a Boys Boarding House Director and for the last 8 years has been the Director of Residence and Student Life. Keith is passionate about developing leadership capacity in students and staff through coaching and facilitation, both as individuals and within high functioning teams. His work in this area was recognized as the recipient of the MacGregor Cup, awarded by the ROY Group as a leader in this field. Keith has contributed his expertise in this area at CAIS Conferences and at the CAIS Summer Leadership Institute. He has also led sessions for organizations and individuals across Canada and the United States.

Keven Fletcher
Currently serving in his fifteenth year as the Chaplain and Faculty Mentor at St. Michaels University School, Keven divides his time between public speaking, process facilitation, and exploring life choices with a globally diverse array of staff and students. His former congregational work centered on ministry with communities in the midst of crisis, building on his experience in the corporate world as a partner within an organizational change and development firm. Keven was named as one of this year’s Visiting Scholars with CSEE. He lives with his spouse in Victoria, British Columbia, where he commutes on his bike, dabbles in writing, and enjoys great food with friends.

Please check back soon for more information on our other presenters!


Travel / Accommodations

CSEE has a block of rooms reserved at The Garland Hotel for $179 per night. The group code is CSC, and will be available until January 20th. Reservations can be made online here or by calling 800.238.3759 and relaying the code. The rate is good for Sunday, Monday, and / or Tuesday nights.



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