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 WJC6 Five-Part Series: New Paradigms, New Interventions and Essential New Information for Advancing Chaplain Practice
Presented by George Fitchett PhD BCC and Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

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

$275/member; $455/nonmember
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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 that will inform their chaplaincy practice and their ability to advocate for its benefits. Chaplains may find that colleagues from other departments will be interested in the research we will be discussing in the series.

The Goals of this webinar series are:
1. To provide participants with resources that can help them critically reflect upon and advance their chaplaincy practice.
2. To provide participants with resources that can help them advocate for the importance of chaplaincy care.
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.

Session 1, New Evidence that Chaplains' Care Improves Patient Overall Satisfaction with Care

Session 2, The Shocking Absence of Conversation about Religion and Spirituality - and Chaplains - from Goals of Care Discussions with Surrogate Decision Makers

Session 3, Spiritual Peace Reduces Mortality for Patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Session 4, Developing and Testing a Chaplain Intervention: The Caregiver Outlook Study

Session 5, Does Chaplaincy Need a New Paradigm?


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 VI Course

Format: APC-sponsored course, presented as five 60-minute webinar sessions.

Continuity: While there is a common theme for all the articles in the series, each session will be 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.