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 w4WJC Session 3: Chaplain Care for a Patient and His Family in a UK Hospice
Presented by George Fitchett PhD BCC and Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

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

$62/member; $98/nonmember
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In this session, Chaplain Steve Nolan will present his case study of his work with Den (a pseudonym), a man in his 80s with metastatic lung cancer, who was a patient in an inpatient hospice in London, and his family. The case study includes the chaplain's spiritual assessment of Den, as well as several members of his family, and a description of the care that was provided to them. The case illustrates chaplain care with a patient and family who are not religious, but for whom religion retained an influence. It also illustrates care in the context of complicated end-of-life family dynamics. Critical responses to the case will be provided by an experienced palliative care chaplain and a nurse researcher with a background in palliative care. Chaplain Daniel Grossoehme will also comment on what this case contributes to building a model of chaplaincy care.

Aims for This Webinar

1. Describe inpatient hospice chaplain care, including a spiritual assessment and intervention, to an older patient and his family.

2. Explore spiritual care for a family who is not religious but for whom religion still retains an influence.

3. Examine alternative approaches to the case through critical reflection on it.

4. Describe the contribution of the case to a 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.