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 WJC6 Session 4, Developing and Testing a Chaplain Intervention: The Caregiver Outlook Study
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 are only a handful of studies about chaplain interventions. None of them are based on a carefully developed, manualized intervention. The paper we discuss in this webinar reports a study conducted as part of the development of a chaplain-delivered, manualized intervention designed to address the existential and spiritual concerns of caregivers of patients with a life-limiting illness. The paper illustrates the work that is required to develop and test chaplaincy interventions. Colleagues who care for patients with advanced illness, and their families, such as colleagues in palliative care and oncology, may be interested in joining you for this webinar.

Aims for reading this article through the webinar journal club:

To critically evaluate a model of the existential and spiritual needs of caregivers of patients with a life-limiting illness.
To understand the steps required to develop and test chaplaincy interventions.
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: Steinhauser KE, Olsen A, Johnson KS, Sanders LL, Olsen M, Ammarell N, Grossoehme D. (2015). The feasibility and acceptability of a chaplain-led intervention for caregivers of seriously ill patients: A Caregiver Outlook pilot study. Palliative and Supportive Care. 2015 Oct 29:1-12.


George Fitchett PhD BCC is an associate 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 (Association of Professional Chaplains) and pastoral supervisor (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) for over 25 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 pastoral, 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. 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 Web site.

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