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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

WJC VIII Session 4 - How Do Parents Of Hospitalized Children See Chaplains?
Event Details
Date(s): March 12, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM  CT - 2:00 PM  CT
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Organization: Association of Professional Chaplains
Contact Phone: 8472401014
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Session 4
How Do Parents Of Hospitalized Children See Chaplains?
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv BCC
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Mountain
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific
10:00 am - 11:00 am Alaska
8:00 am -  9:00 am Hawaii

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

Chaplain services are widely available in both adult and pediatric medical settings, yet chaplaincy services are not always incorporated into routine patient care. The article for this webinar reports the results of a survey of parents whose children were hospitalized at a tertiary care facility who received a visit from a chaplain, over 50% of whom had an unsolicited visit. The survey addresses whether families saw the chaplain as a part of their child’s healthcare team and whether chaplain visits, solicited and unsolicited, improved overall family perception of quality of care. As families are fundamental to the recovery of hospitalized children, parents reported that chaplains were viewed as part of the healthcare team and did play a role in helping the well-being of family members is an important finding with implications for clinical practice. 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. To examine how parents of hospitalized children understand the role and function of the chaplain in the hospital setting.
  2. To explore parent preferences for type of chaplain visits (solicited vs. unsolicited) and how chaplain visits influenced overall satisfaction with their child’s 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. 
Reading: Pamela K. Donohue, Matt Norvell, Renee D. Boss, Jennifer Shepard, Karen Frank, Christina Patron, and Thomas Y. Crowe. “Hospital Chaplains: Through the Eyes of Parents of Hospitalized Children.” Journal of Palliative Medicine 20, no. 12 (December 2017): 1352–58.


Individual Webinar Journal Club VIII sessions
$70/computer terminal/member
$107/computer terminal/nonmember

Register by Friday, March 8, 2019
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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