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 WJC6 Session 5, Does Chaplaincy Need a New Paradigm?
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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When does accumulating evidence suggest the need for a new paradigm for chaplaincy? The author of the article we will discuss in this webinar has followed the research about resilience by psychologist George Bonanno and others. Based on that research he makes the case that chaplains should be paying more attention to patient and family resilience and the factors that contribute to it. In this webinar we will review some of the research about resilience and its implications for chaplain practice.

Aims for reading this article through the webinar journal club:

To become familiar with recent research about resilience as a response to potentially traumatic events.
To critically consider the claim that this research provides the basis for a new paradigm for chaplaincy practice.
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: Spidell S. (2014). Resilience and professional chaplaincy: a paradigm shift in focus. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 20(1):16-24.


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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