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 w4WJC Session 4: Chaplain Care for a Teen with Spinal Cord Injury
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
Item Number: WebR4WJC4
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In this session, Chaplain Kate Piderman describes her work with Angela (a pseudonym), a 17-year-old girl paralyzed from the neck down after a car accident. Angela's mother had told her, "If you pray hard enough, God will give you a miracle." Over time, Angela's mood began to sink and she challenged the chaplain, saying, "Why isn't God answering me? This is more than I can take! I hate being like this!" The case illustrates chaplain care with a patient experiencing intense spiritual distress. Critical responses to the case will be provided by an experienced rehabilitation chaplain and a pediatric psychologist. Chaplain Daniel Grossoehme will also comment on what this case contributes to building a model of chaplaincy care.

Aims for This Webinar

1. Describe chaplain care in the rehabilitation context, including a spiritual assessment and intervention, with an adolescent who has experienced a devastating spinal cord injury.

2. Describe spiritual care for a patient who is experiencing intense spiritual distress.

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.

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