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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

WJC VIII Session 2 - How Do Palliative Patients Experience Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion? Using Grounded Theory Methodology
Event Details
Date(s): November 13, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM  CT - 2:00 PM  CT
Organization Details
Organization: Association of Professional Chaplains
Contact Phone: 8472401014
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Session 1
How Do Palliative Patients Experience Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion? Using Grounded Theory Methodology
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv BCC

Tuesday November 13, 2018 (Register by November 8, 2018)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
10:00 am - 11:00 am AKDT
8:00 am - 9:00 am HAST

60 minutes (1 CE hour plus reading/self-study hours - Methodology 8, Research)

Compassion has long been considered an essential part of chaplain care and practice. Understanding how compassion is both distinct from and congruent with sympathy and empathy, and parsing their often overlapping use in medical literature, can be challenges facing the researcher and the professional chaplain. In this webinar we discuss advanced cancer patients’ understandings, experiences, and preferences around “compassion”, “empathy”, and “sympathy” in order to explore both clinical implications and how greater conceptual clarity can aid in chaplaincy research. In the paper we will discuss patients described sympathy as an unwanted, provider-focused response to suffering, empathy as an attempt to understand another’s suffering, and compassion as an enhanced and desired form of empathy motivated by altruism. The authors report that patient’s prefer compassion over both empathy and sympathy, and although these concepts can be interrelated patients experience them as distinct and unique from one another. 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. To become familiar with adult palliative patients’ understanding of “sympathy,” “empathy,” and “compassion” and how these concepts can be both distinct and interrelated.
  2. To examine patient preferences in regard to these concepts as practiced by providers.
  3. To help chaplains develop and maintain research literacy, including the ability to critically read a qualitative paper using grounded-theory methodology and, where appropriate, apply the findings to their professional practice. 
Reading: Sinclair, Shane, Kate Beamer, Thomas F Hack, Susan McClement, Shelley Raffin Bouchal, Harvey M Chochinov, and Neil A. Hagen. “Sympathy, Empathy, and Compassion: A Grounded Theory Study of Palliative Care Patients’ Understandings, Experiences, and Preferences.” Palliative Medicine 31, no. 5 (May 1, 2017): 437–47


Individual Webinar Journal Club VIII sessions
$70/computer terminal/member
$107/computer terminal/nonmember
Registration by the published deadline is required to ensure that participants receive handouts, login information and pre-reading materials in sufficient time before the webinar.

Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS, MA, MPH, BCC, is a Senior Staff Chaplain at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Illinois. She is a Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow who recently completed her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. Her research interests include the use of simulation in chaplaincy training and education and the impact of spiritual/religious coping on the association between discrimination and stress among midlife women.

Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv is a chaplain fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH and Transforming Chaplain Fellow. She is completing her MPH degree at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her research is focused on pediatric complex care, medical decision making, and religious coping.

Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv BCC, is a Clinical Staff Chaplain at VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon, and a Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow. She is completing her MPH degree at the joint School of Public Health at Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University. Shelley is the past Education Chair of the APC-Oregon North Chapter.

Format: This APC-sponsored course is presented as five 60-minute webinar sessions from 1-2pm CDT (click on each date to learn more about the content of that session). While there is a common theme for all the articles in the series, each session will be complete in itself, so participants may register for one, several or all five sessions.
Audience: The series is designed to help chaplains with no prior experience learn to read and understand research. It will also introduce research-literate chaplains to important research that will inform their chaplaincy practice and their ability to advocate for its benefits.

The aims of the WJC are:
  1. To provide participants with resources that can help them critically reflect upon and advance their chaplaincy practice.
  2. To provide participants with resources that can help them advocate for the importance of chaplaincy care.
  3. To help chaplains develop and maintain research literacy, including the ability to critically read research and where appropriate apply the findings in their professional practice.

Preparation: The articles selected for the series will be available prior to the webinar sessions and participants are strongly encouraged to read them, and complete their own summary review of the studies, in preparation for the webinar. A form will be provided to help participants’ create their own summary reviews.

How It Works

To participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet access and speakers, as the presentation audio and visuals are "webcast."

The Webinar Journal Club is priced per computer terminal, not per participant. That means you can invite as many colleagues to join you as can fit in your conference room or cluster around your computer. As a participant, you will be able to interact with the presenters, who will answer questions posed by participants.

As a Best Practice, we highly recommend;

  • An Ethernet connected computer for best connectivity and listening experience. You may experience some buffering of audio on lower bandwidth wireless connections.
  • Internet Explorer 7 or higher (Windows), Firefox 4 or higher, Google Chrome 2 or higher, Safari 4 or higher.
  • A stable Internet connection, DSL or above: 100kbps for video transmission, 300kbps for screen sharing and remote control, 500kbps to ensure fluidity of all services.
  • Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X v10.4 or higher, Linux, Solaris.
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3 or newer:
  • Computer Speakers (for participants listening over the computer)

The link below will test your system to make sure you are running the most recent version of Adobe Flash Player and to make sure it is not being blocked by your network.

Please click the following System Test link: 

The "Connectivity" line should have a green check mark. If it does not, please contact your network administrator to allow TelSpanWeb access to port RTMPE 1935. This will allow your Adobe Flash Player to run properly through TelSpanWeb.

"Application Sharing" applies only to presenters, so if you see a red "X," that's OK.

If you have any further questions or concerns, or if you do not have computer speakers, please contact APC at for assistance.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation upon completion of the online registration and payment process. Instructions for logging into the webinar will be e-mailed to all participants two business days before the event.
Cancellation Policy
The registration fee (minus a $20 nonrefundable processing charge) will be refunded up to five (5) business days of the scheduled WJC session. APC® reserves the right to cancel the program within five (5) business days of the scheduled event, if an insufficient number of people register. In case of APC cancellation, all registration fees will be refunded.

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