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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

WJC VII Session 5 - Next Steps in Identifying Who Needs Spiritual Care
Event Details
Date(s): May 8, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM  CT - 2:00 PM  CT
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Organization: Association of Professional Chaplains
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Session 5 -Next Steps in Identifying Who Needs Spiritual Care
presented by George Fitchett DMin PhD BCC and Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

Tuesday, May 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)

A key challenge for spiritual care providers is identifying the patients most in need of their often limited services. Health care colleagues are also eager for guidelines that can inform their screening and referrals. Reliably identifying who needs spiritual care is essential for the growth of spiritual care in out-patient and home care contexts. The article we discuss in this webinar presents the findings from a rigorous examination of six approaches to screening for religious/spiritual distress. The findings suggest a combination of two questions provides is currently the best choice for screening for religious/spiritual distress. Areas for additional research about screening for religious/spiritual need will be discussed.
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar journal club:

1.       To become familiar with evidence for the best items to use for screening for religious/spiritual distress.
2.       To critically examine the strengths and limitations of this study of the accuracy of six approaches to screening for religious/spiritual distress.
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:King, S., D., Fitchett, G., Murphy, P. E., Pargament, K., I., Harrison, D., A., & Loggers, E. T. (2017) Determining best methods to screen for religious/spiritual distress. Supportive Care in Cancer, 25, 471-479.


Individual Webinar Journal Club VI sessions
$63/computer terminal/member
$99/computer terminal/nonmember

Register by Thursday, May 3, 2018
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.


George Fitchett DMin PhD BCC is a professor and the director of research in the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. He has been a board certified chaplain (BCCI) and pastoral supervisor (ACPE) for over 30 years. His book, Assessing Spiritual Needs (Academic Renewal Press, 2002), is a widely used text in clinical and academic training programs. Since 1990, Fitchett has been involved in research examining the relationship between religion and health in a variety of community and clinical populations. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, and published in chaplaincy, medical and psychological journals. In 2006, he received the Anton  Boisen Professional Service Award from APC.

Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC has a doctorate degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD, and a master's in Christian spirituality from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. She is an associate professor, and has taught research and statistics, as well as counseling, for many years at Rush University Medical Center, College of Health Sciences, Chicago, IL. Board certified with BCCI, she also is the chaplain for the inpatient psychiatry units at Rush. Murphy's research has examined the role of religious beliefs in adults diagnosed with depression. To learn more about her own work and her work with George Fitchett, go to  Research in Religion, Health & Human Values on the Rush website.

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.

About the Webinar Journal Club VII Course

Format: APC-sponsored course, presented as five bi-monthly 60-minute webinar sessions, starting in September 2017 and concluding in May 2018. Participants may register for one, several or all five sessions. Copies of each research article will be made available to those who register  for these webinars. For each session, an author of the study will join  us to respond to questions from the webinar presenters and participants.

Continuity: 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.

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.

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