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 v5WJC Session 3, What Chaplains Do: A Research-Based Model for Uniformly Reporting Chaplain Interventions
Presented by George Fitchett PhD BCC and Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

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

$62/member; $98/nonmember
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There is no consistency in chaplains' descriptions of what they do. Nearly every chaplaincy department has its own list of chaplaincy activities. Among other consequences, this lack of consistency is confusing for our health care colleagues and makes research across chaplaincy departments difficult, if not impossible. Can we create a standard list of chaplain activities that we will accept and use? Such a list will need to be thoughtfully and rigorously developed. Join us for this webinar to see whether the team that developed the list of chaplain activities reported in this article has met those challenges.

Key features of the study: proposed normative list of 100 chaplain activities based on item generation, and tests of item validity and reliability

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
1. To make chaplains aware of a well-designed and research-based list of what chaplains do.
2. To make chaplains aware of important methods for testing the validity and reliability (essential properties of every good measure) of a list of chaplain activities.
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.

Reading: Massey K et al., (2015). What do I do? Developing a taxonomy of chaplaincy activities and interventions for spiritual care in intensive care unit palliative care. BioMed Central Palliative Care, 14, 10 DOI 10.1186/s12904-015-0008-0.


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.