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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

APC Webinar Journal Club 9, Five Part Series - Chaplaincy on the Frontier: Innovations and Takeaways
Event Details
Date(s): February 11, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM  CT - 2:00 PM  CT
Organization Details
Organization: Association of Professional Chaplains
Contact Email: education@professionalchaplains.org

APC Webinar Journal Club 9, five-part series
Chaplaincy on the Frontier: Innovations and Takeaways

presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH BCC CPH


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.

  • Session 1 - February 11, 2020
  • Session 2 - April 14, 2020
  • Session 3 - June 9, 2020
  • Session 4 - September 15, 2020
  • Session 5 - November 10, 2020
 
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 are made available, and participants are strongly encouraged to read them in preparation for each webinar.



Registration
All FIVE Webinar Journal Club 9 sessions
$325 / computer terminal / member
$495 / computer terminal / non-member

Individual Webinar Journal Club 9 sessions
$73 / computer terminal / member
$110 / computer terminal / non-member

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.


Background to the 2020 Webinar Journal Club series
Chaplains increasingly serve a diverse audience through various models of care. Equally, chaplain researchers draw upon a range of methods for the purpose of better understanding chaplaincy as a profession and the needs of those to whom they provide care. Chaplains in partnership with interdisciplinary teams are developing innovative approaches while providing chaplaincy care in unique inpatient, outpatient, telehealth, and community contexts. Processes and interventions in these new contexts result from the chaplain’s strong assessment skills and collaborative relationships. Thus, our Webinar Journal Club series places emphasis on chaplaincy function and explores these emerging dimensions of and contexts in which chaplaincy care is being provided. 
 
During this season, the co-leaders will present five papers that represent unique approaches in different practice settings including pediatrics, adolescent psychiatry, and veterans’ health care. While these practice settings are quite specific, the innovations developed for those settings have potential to be modified and implemented across a variety of settings. Chaplains have unique training to function in the moment without a script, adjusting to the needs of individual patients and clients. What is novel and particular has opportunity to be translated, and what better group of dynamic and creative professionals to do so than chaplains! This journal club builds on that flexibility and foundational skill set by inviting chaplains to consider how they might take the particular and adjust it for their context. In addition to the variety of contexts presented, the selected articles represent a wide range of research methods. 
 
Beginning in 2020, Session 1 of WJC 9 will approach questions around end-of-life and aid-in-dying and how community clergy have responded to aid-in-dying. This session will offer an opportunity to reflect on the chaplain role and responsibility, and the intersection of medical ethics with the work of chaplains. Session 2 will explore the complex role of religion and spirituality in family medical decision-making by reviewing a longitudinal, qualitative study exploring parent and staff perspectives on decision-making. Session 3 will engage the always timely question of how work as a chaplain impacts the chaplain’s own spirituality over time and how changes in chaplain spirituality may correlate with professional wellbeing or burnout. Session 4 will explore a mindfulness meditation intervention and its impact on anxiety in an adolescent program in order to illustrate ways of researching a chaplaincy intervention and its impact. Session 5 focuses on the experience of spiritual distress and how differences in theodicy can correlate with experiences of distress in the VA context and in other contexts we work in. These articles all provide a window into how research may be a tool to expanding chaplaincy practice, chaplain health and professional wellbeing, and the variety of communities we seek to serve. 

Session 1
PAD/PAS: A Glimpse into the Views of U.S. Clergy
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH BCC CPH
Tuesday February 11, 2020

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
9:00 am - 10:00 am HAST

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


Views that shape end of life care vary across individuals with faith, culture, and life experiences contributing to each perspective. Understanding parish clergy’s views on Physician Aid in Dying (PAD) and Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) can provide insights for partnerships between parish clergy and chaplains as they both come along side persons near the end of life. This area of care and ministry is on the current landscape in four American states and on the frontier for other states.
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. To explore Physician-Aid in Dying/Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAD/PAS) from a U.S. Clergy perspective and the associated ethical controversies.
  2. To examine the use of questionnaires in qualitative research.
Reading: Balboni, M. J., Sullivan, A., Smith, P. T., Zaidi, D., Mitchell, C., Tulsky, J. A., ... & Balboni, T. A. (2018). The views of clergy regarding ethical controversies in care at the end of life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 55(1), 65-74.
 
Session 2
What Difference Does Religion & Spirituality Make to Parents Making Difficult Medical Decisions? Exploring a Longitudinal Qualitative Study
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH BCC CPH
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
10:00 am - 11:00 am AKST
8:00 am - 9:00 am HAST

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


Through an innovative method, a longitudinal qualitative study including the perspectives of providers, the researchers in this study explored how parents utilize their religion and spirituality as surrogate decision-makers for their children. Relevant to all chaplains who work with surrogate decision-makers, this study explores aspects of decision-making including having Hope & Faith, belief that God is in Control, belief in Miracles, and the use of Prayer. The majority of parents in this study affirmed that religion and spirituality directly influence decision-making. This session will be an excellent opportunity to consider how patients and families use religion/spirituality in decision-making and what the chaplain’s role may be. 
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. Understand how parents in this study described their use of religion and spirituality as surrogate decision-makers for their children. 
  2. Understand provider perspectives on parents use of religion and spirituality in medical decisions. 
  3. Consider the role of the chaplain in assessing for use of religion and spirituality in medical decisions and communication with the medical team. 
Reading: Superdock, A. K., Barfield, R. C., Brandon, D. H., & Docherty, S. L. (2018). Exploring the vagueness of Religion & Spirituality in complex pediatric decision-making: a qualitative study. BMC Palliative Care, 17(1), 107.
 
Session 3
How Does Chaplaincy Practice Impact the Chaplain’s Spirituality and Potential for Professional Burnout or Thriving?
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH BCC CPH
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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)


This study asks a fundamental question relevant to all chaplains: how does our work impact our own spirituality and spiritual health? Further, using a mixed-methods design, this study is able to typify different types of spiritual changes that VA chaplains have experienced and correlate those changes with professional burnout or professional thriving. This session will help all chaplains to reflect on the impact their work has on their own spirituality and whether this is leading them towards health or burnout, as well as introduce mixed methods as a potent research tool for chaplains. 
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. Explore chaplain professional quality of life related to how chaplaincy impacts chaplain personal spirituality. 
  2. Correlate spirituality changes with professional burnout and thriving, and be able to recognize these patterns in oneself. 
  3. Explore the use of mixed methods as a tool for research in religion, spirituality, and chaplaincy. 
Reading: McCormick, W. H., Carroll, T. D., Slagel, B. A., Drescher, K. D., Nieuwsma, J. A., & Currier, J. M. (2017). Professional quality of life and changes in spirituality among VHA chaplains: A mixed methods investigation. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 23(3), 113-129.
 
Session 4
Adolescents, Anxiety, Behavioral Health, and Mindfulness Meditation: Intersection, Intervention, Possibilities
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH BCC CPH
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
10:00 am - 11:00 am AKST
8:00 am - 9:00 am HAST

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


Through three AIMS, the engagement of the S-Anxiety scale of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAI-C), the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale for Children (BPRS-C) and the use of pre and post intervention analysis, the authors provide insights into mindfulness meditation and its potential effect on reducing anxiety in a sample of 13-19 year olds in an inpatient psychiatric unit. The chaplain provided intervention challenges and opportunities are also discussed.
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. To develop an understanding of Mindfulness Meditation in and Inpatient Adolescent Acute Psychiatric setting.
  2. To explore the intervention of Mindfulness Meditation by a chaplain.
Reading: Blum, H., Rutt, C., Nash, C., Joyce, V., & Buonopane, R. (2019). Mindfulness meditation and anxiety in adolescents on an inpatient psychiatric unit. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 1-19.
 
 
Session 5
Theodicy and Spiritual Distress: Implications for Chaplaincy Practice
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH BCC CPH
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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
9:00 am - 10:00 am HAST

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


As among many types of trauma survivors, chaplaincy care for veterans requires awareness of the complex interplay between anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression, and religious/spiritual beliefs. The ways a person interprets the role of the divine, Higher Power, or God in their experiences may influence their level of distress and shape their recovery. Determining the most appropriate chaplaincy interventions requires careful consideration of potential for spiritual harm and ethical considerations about scope of practice including which providers (chaplains/ psychotherapists) are most well-suited to address these concerns. With an in-depth and informative overview of the literature on moral injury and an introduction to validated scales, this rich article discusses the association between retribution theodicy and spiritual distress.
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. Describe the association between retribution theodicy and spiritual distress in a specific sample of U.S. military veterans.
  2. Discuss ethical considerations when addressing theodicy concerns with patients.
Reading: Harris, J. I., Usset, T., & Cheng, Z. H. (2018). Theodicy and spiritual distress among veterans managing posttraumatic stress. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 5(4), 240.
 
Presenters  
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 MPH, is a Research Fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH, who recently completed her Master’s in Public Health with a focus on religion and health in a pediatric context. Her research is focused on pediatric complex care, medical decision making, spiritual struggle, and religious coping.



 
Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH BCC CPH, is Senior Program Manager for Spiritual Care Research at Indiana University (IU) Health. She previously served nine years as Clinical Staff Chaplain at VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. She completed the Transforming Chaplaincy Fellowship in 2019 at the conclusion of a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology. Shelley is the past Education Chair of the APC-Oregon North Chapter. Her research interests include spiritual distress as a potential risk factor for suicide among veterans, as well as using art as a tool for spiritual assessment among the non-religious/unaffiliated.


 


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: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer
  • 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: http://web.telspan.com/systemcheck 

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 info@professionalchaplains.org for assistance.


Confirmation
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 first 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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