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 v5WJC Session 1, 'Why Me?' The Religious/Spiritual Concerns and Resources of Adolescents/Young Adults Receiving Blood and Marrow Transplants
Presented by George Fitchett PhD BCC and Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

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

$62/member; $95/nonmember
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A National surveys suggest decreases in religious involvement, especially among young adults. In contrast, the findings from the study we will discuss in this webinar are that adolescents and young adults (AYAs) who face serious illness have important religious/spiritual (R/S) questions and rely heavily on R/S resources to help them cope. In this webinar, we will learn why the study authors recommend that chaplains should be "more proactive in responding to the R/S needs" of these patients. We will also describe how replication of this study can help chaplaincy departments advance an evidence-based approach to chaplaincy care.

Key features of the study: prospective qualitative research with AYAs facing a life threatening illness

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
1. To make chaplains aware of the ways that adolescents and young adults turn to R/S to cope with serious illness.
2. To encourage chaplains to use qualitative research to deepen their understanding of their patients' R/S needs and resources.
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.

Reference: Ragsdale JR, Hegner MA, Mueller M & Davies S (2014). Identifying religious and/or spiritual perspectives of adolescents and young adults receiving blood and marrow transplants: a prospective qualitative study. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 20, pp. 1238-1257.


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.