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 w4WJC Five-Part Series: Advancing Chaplaincy with Chaplain Case Studies
Presented by George Fitchett PhD BCC and Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

6 CE hour plus reading/study hours - Methodology 8, Research

$275/member; $455/nonmember
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This webinar series will introduce participants to the case studies that chaplains are beginning to publish. We will review the contributions case studies make to our profession, the contents of a good case study, and the ethical issues involved in case studies. In Sessions 2 - 5, which will be 75 minutes long, we will study four case studies from four different areas of chaplaincy practice: patients with chronic disease, hospice, medical rehab, and psychiatry. In these sessions, in addition to hearing a brief presentation of each case from its author, we will hear a critical discussion of that case from two colleagues, a chaplain and a non-chaplain health professional, with experience in the clinical context of the case. For each of the case studies Chaplain Daniel Grossoehme will comment on what that case contributes to building a model of chaplaincy care.

The Aims of This Webinar Journal Club Are:

1. To introduce chaplains to the developing chaplain case study literature and the contributions of case studies to chaplain training, continuing education, research, and advocacy for chaplaincy

2. To critically examine chaplaincy care in four areas of chaplain practice: patients with chronic disease, hospice, medical rehab, and psychiatry

3. To provide chaplains with a framework for writing their own case studies including the important ethical issues associated with case studies

4. To illustrate how to use case studies to develop a preliminary model of chaplaincy care


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 (Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc.) and pastoral supervisor (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) 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.

About the Webinar Journal Club V Course

Format: APC-sponsored course, presented as five bi-monthly 60-minute webinar sessions.
Continuity: While there is a common theme for all the articles in the series, each session is complete in itself, so participants may choose 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 about spiritual needs and chaplains activities in response to those needs.

Preparation: The articles selected for the series are made available, and participants are strongly encouraged to read them and complete their own summary reviews of the studies in preparation for each webinar. A form is provided to help participants create their own summary reviews.

When you purchase this webinar recording, you will receive a PDF file with links to watch the recording and access supplemental materials directly from our web page. You'll be able to hear and see the complete presentation, including Q&A with audience.