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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

WJC 9 - Session 1 - PAD/PAS: A Glimpse into the Views of U.S. Clergy
Event Details
Date(s): February 11, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM  CT - 2:00 PM  CT
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Organization: Association of Professional Chaplains
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APC Webinar Journal Club 9
Chaplaincy on the Frontier: Innovations and Takeaways

Session 1
PAD/PAS: A Glimpse into the Views of U.S. Clergy
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH BCC CPH
Tuesday February 11, 2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
10:00 am - 11:00 am AKDT
9:00 am - 10:00 am HAST

60 minutes (1 CE hour plus reading/self-study hours - Methodology 8, Research)

Views that shape end of life care vary across individuals with faith, culture, and life experiences contributing to each perspective. Understanding parish clergy’s views on Physician Aid in Dying (PAD) and Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) can provide insights for partnerships between parish clergy and chaplains as they both come along side persons near the end of life. This area of care and ministry is on the current landscape in four American states and on the frontier for other states.
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. To explore Physician-Aid in Dying/Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAD/PAS) from a U.S. Clergy perspective and the associated ethical controversies.
  2. To examine the use of questionnaires in qualitative research.
Reading: Balboni, M. J., Sullivan, A., Smith, P. T., Zaidi, D., Mitchell, C., Tulsky, J. A., ... & Balboni, T. A. (2018). The views of clergy regarding ethical controversies in care at the end of life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 55(1), 65-74.
Individual Webinar Journal Club 9 sessions
$73 / computer terminal / member
$110 / computer terminal / non-member

Registration by the published deadline is required to ensure that participants receive handouts, login information and pre-reading materials in sufficient time before the webinar.
Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, is a Senior Staff Chaplain at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Illinois. She is a Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow who recently completed her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. Her research interests include the use of simulation in chaplaincy training and education and the impact of spiritual/religious coping on the association between discrimination and stress among midlife women.

Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPH, is a Research Fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH, who recently completed her Master’s in Public Health with a focus on religion and health in a pediatric context. Her research is focused on pediatric complex care, medical decision making, spiritual struggle, and religious coping.

Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH BCC CPH, is Senior Program Manager for Spiritual Care Research at Indiana University (IU) Health. She previously served nine years as Clinical Staff Chaplain at VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. She completed the Transforming Chaplaincy Fellowship in 2019 at the conclusion of a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology. Shelley is the past Education Chair of the APC-Oregon North Chapter. Her research interests include spiritual distress as a potential risk factor for suicide among veterans, as well as using art as a tool for spiritual assessment among the non-religious/unaffiliated.


How It Works
To participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet access and speakers, as the presentation audio and visuals are "webcast."

The Webinar Journal Club is priced per computer terminal, not per participant. That means you can invite as many colleagues to join you as can fit in your conference room or cluster around your computer. As a participant, you will be able to interact with the presenters, who will answer questions posed by participants.

As a Best Practice, we highly recommend;

  • An Ethernet connected computer for best connectivity and listening experience. You may experience some buffering of audio on lower bandwidth wireless connections.
  • Internet Explorer 7 or higher (Windows), Firefox 4 or higher, Google Chrome 2 or higher, Safari 4 or higher.
  • A stable Internet connection, DSL or above: 100kbps for video transmission, 300kbps for screen sharing and remote control, 500kbps to ensure fluidity of all services.
  • Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X v10.4 or higher, Linux, Solaris.
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3 or newer:
  • Computer Speakers (for participants listening over the computer)

The link below will test your system to make sure you are running the most recent version of Adobe Flash Player and to make sure it is not being blocked by your network.

Please click the following System Test link: 

The "Connectivity" line should have a green check mark. If it does not, please contact your network administrator to allow TelSpanWeb access to port RTMPE 1935. This will allow your Adobe Flash Player to run properly through TelSpanWeb.

"Application Sharing" applies only to presenters, so if you see a red "X," that's OK.

If you have any further questions or concerns, or if you do not have computer speakers, please contact APC at for assistance.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation upon completion of the online registration and payment process. Instructions for logging into the webinar will be e-mailed to all participants two business days before the event.
Cancellation Policy
The registration fee (minus a $20 nonrefundable processing charge) will be refunded up to five (5) business days of the first scheduled WJC session. APC® reserves the right to cancel the program within five (5) business days of the scheduled event, if an insufficient number of people register. In case of APC cancellation, all registration fees will be refunded.

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