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 v5WJC Five-Part Series: What Chaplains Do, What Patients and Families Need: Learning from Research
Presented by George Fitchett PhD BCC and Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

5 CE hours, plus reading/study hours - Methodology 8, Research

$275/member; $455/nonmember
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A central feature of what competent chaplains do is to address the religious/spiritual needs of people with serious illness and their loved ones. Thus our Webinar Journal Club series will begin with a model of how to study the religious/spiritual needs of one specific group of patients, and we will end with research about chaplain competencies. The three other articles we will read examine what chaplains do in response to patients' needs. The articles we will read for this webinar series use diverse research methods, such as surveys, ethnography, interviews, focus groups, concept-mapping and experience-sampling, to describe what chaplains do and what patients need. These also examine several different aspects of what chaplains do and what patients need, including spiritual care in the ICU, spiritual care in hospice and palliative care, interfaith spiritual care, and spiritual care for adolescents and young adults receiving blood and marrow transplants. Becoming familiar with research about what chaplains do is one important way to help us provide the best care possible for the patients and families we serve.

The Aims of This Webinar Journal Club are:
1. To help participants use research about what chaplains do, and what patients and families need to critically reflect on their current practice.
2. To inform participants about current issues in professional chaplaincy.
3. To provide participants with resources that can help them advance their practice and advocate for its importance.
4. 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.

Session 1, 'Why Me?' The Religious/Spiritual Concerns and Resources of Adolescents/Young Adults Receiving Blood and Marrow Transplants

Session 2, Spiritual Care in the ICU: Impact on Family Satisfaction

Session 3, What Chaplains Do: A Research-Based Model for Uniformly Reporting Chaplain Interventions

Session 4, Interfaith Spiritual Care: How Do Chaplains Practice It?

Session 5, Identifying Chaplain Competencies


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 60-minute webinar sessions.

Continuity: While there is a common theme for all the articles in the series, each session will be 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.