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 v5WJC Session 5, Identifying Chaplain Competencies
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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How do we know if a person is competent to function as a professional chaplain? Our current approach is largely based on self-reporting of competency checklists developed by committees. Is it possible to develop demonstrable, outcome-oriented competencies for chaplains? The article we will discuss in this session reports on the development, by a team of Canadian chaplains using the DACUM process, of competencies for hospice chaplains. We will examine the process used to develop these competencies and the list of competencies that they created. We think this work is an important first step toward the development of demonstrable, outcome-oriented competencies for chaplains, as well as a curriculum for chaplaincy education. Join us for this webinar and see if you agree with us.

Key features of the study: use of the DACUM process to develop a list of major responsibilities and tasks for hospice chaplains

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
1. To introduce chaplains to the DACUM process and its use to identify competencies for hospice chaplains.
2. To help chaplains think critically about our current approach to educating chaplains and evaluating their competency.
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: Cooper D, Aherns M & Pereira J (2010). The competencies required by professional hospice palliative care spiritual care providers. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 13, 869-875. DOI: 10.10089/jpm.2009.0429


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.