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A Letter from
the NCVACC President

The 2016 Annual NCVACC Educational Conference
October 24- 28, 2016
The University of Utah Guest House
Salt Lake City, Utah​​​

​July 1, 2016

Dear NCVACC Members and VA Catholic Chaplain Brothers!

I am pleased to write to you regarding our 2016 NCVACC Annual Educational Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Pastoral Care In Crisis Intervention.” This is a 13 hour course, led by our own, Fr. Charles Barnes, from the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System.

Pastoral Crisis Intervention may be thought of as the combination of faith-based resources with traditional techniques of crisis intervention. Pastoral crisis intervention represents a powerful addition to traditional community and organizational psychological support resources. The purpose of this two-day course is to assist the participants in learning how pastoral interventions and traditional psychological crisis interventions may be effectively integrated. Course content is developed by the International Critical Incident Foundation (ICISF).

Participants receive a workbook and a certificate of completion plus 13 CEU’s for course completion.

Our conference this year is to be held at the University of Utah Guesthouse and Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference begins Monday October 24th with the Liturgy of the Eucharist at 4PM. Please note: the training will begin Monday evening at 6 PM, which is a change from previous years. The conference ends Thursday evening on October 28th. Please plan your travel days to be at the conference Center by Monday at 4PM for Eucharist and dinner at 5PM. We will have our Thursday banquet as usual, allowing travel home on Friday morning.

The University of Utah Guesthouse and Conference Center is located on the grounds of the University of Utah and is adjacent to the grounds of Fort Douglas. In addition to the guesthouse accommodations, the buildings of the once active fort provide a beautiful setting for the conference. The Guesthouse is a modern hotel with options for a private room, or for attendees to share a room. Please visit their website at www.universityguesthouse.com

Again, this year the VA requires a process of “pre-registration” for all external conferences, which includes the NCVACC conference, through the VA ACES website. Please consult with your local VA education people and supervisor regarding ACES.. The registration information will also be on our website: www.ncvacc.net. Funding is tight in the VA, so please plan that your travel may not be funded. AMS requires attendance for continuation of your VA Endorsement, despite whether your station funds it or not. Please plan accordingly.

Your registration form will be emailed to you directly. It is NOT in this packet.


Reverend Father Martin Smith-Soucier
President NCVACC

Registration Forms are available by contacting Fr. Joseph Westfall at joseph.westfall@va.gov