The Rev. Brian P. Hughes, M.Div., M.S., BCC
Brian works as an adjunct faculty member of the Spiritual Care Association University of Theology & Spirituality. He works with the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Programs and Services team and as an Assistant Professor for the Fundamentals of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care certificate course. His Master of Divinity degree is from Princeton Theological Seminary, and he has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication. Brian is a Board-Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. His wife is a breast cancer surgeon. He has walked with her through all of her medical training – medical school, residency, fellowship, and now professional practice. Throughout he has had a professional emphasis of providing care for caregivers, and has a unique experience and vantage point from which to do so. Together with his wife, they have two elementary school-aged children.
Brian has worked as a chaplain in Phoenix, Irving, TX, and Philadelphia, Temple, Texas, and New York City. He has worked on the Palliative Care team in each place of employment. He has presented at numerous conferences, on topics ranging from integrating chaplaincy care into the Intensive Care Unit, professional competencies for chaplains, spiritual care for persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, providing spiritual care to staff, self-care for chaplains, spiritual care at the end of life, and he annually presents the best chaplaincy-related research published from the previous calendar year. He also authored the Handbook on Best Practices for the Provision of Spiritual Care to Persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury for the U.S. Navy (free PDF available), as well as the “Spiritual Care at the End of Life” chapter in Stephen Roberts’ excellent textbook, Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook. He has been a stay-at-home dad since the birth of his daughter in 2009 and has stayed active in the Association of Professional Chaplains through conference planning committees, the Education Committee, and serving on certification and peer review committees. He is passionate about the professionalization of our profession of chaplaincy, and look forward to sharing his experience and expertise in this module.