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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

APC Webinar Journal Club 10, Five Part Series - Leveraging our Legacy, Thriving in New Challenges
Event Details
Date(s): February 9, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM  CT - 2:00 PM  CT
Organization Details
Organization: Association of Professional Chaplains
Contact Phone: 8472401014
Contact Email: education@professionalchaplains.org

APC Webinar Journal Club 10, five-part series
Leveraging our Legacy, Thriving in New Challenges
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh BCC and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH CPH BCC

Format: This APC-sponsored course is presented as five 60-minute webinar sessions from 1-2pm CDT (click on each date to learn more about the content of that session). While there is a common theme for all the articles in the series, each session will be complete in itself, so participants may register for one, several or all five sessions.

  • Session 1 - February 9, 2021
  • Session 2 - April 20, 2021
  • Session 3 - June 22, 2021
  • Session 4 - September 14, 2021
  • Session 5 - November 9, 2021
 
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 that will inform their chaplaincy practice and their ability to advocate for its benefits.

The aims of the WJC 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.

Preparation: The articles selected for the series are made available, and participants are strongly encouraged to read them in preparation for each webinar.



Registration
All FIVE Webinar Journal Club 10 sessions
$325 / computer terminal / member
$495 / computer terminal / non-member

Individual Webinar Journal Club 10 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.


Background to the 2021 Webinar Journal Club series
The last year has brought incredible challenges and opportunities to chaplains and chaplaincy practice worldwide. Chaplains have lost many of the most sacred aspects of practice to COVID-19, such as presence and touch, while also discovering extraordinary resources of innovation and improvisation – finding new ways to continue to serve and discover the “heart” of chaplaincy is still beating. 
 
In this season of Webinar Journal Club (WJC), we will read and discuss five papers that explore this “heart” of chaplaincy and ask meaningful questions about how chaplains and the profession of chaplaincy can thrive in new times and new challenges. Instead of focusing on different settings of practice, the papers chosen for this season fit together to tell a story about that which defines chaplaincy and how chaplains make unique contributions within healthcare. We will highlight several areas in which chaplains contribute uniquely within healthcare: to end-of-life care and decision-making, to how we can collaborate with our physician partners, to the state of the chaplaincy workforce, and lastly exploring what the literature tells us about how SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) impacted our professional globally and where we go from here. 
 
In Session 1, we will hear from Katherine Piderman about the “Hear My Voice” project, both a research project and a meaningful intervention to record spiritual legacies for patients and families facing the end of life. In Session 2, we will continue this theme of the contributions chaplains uniquely make in healthcare by exploring the ongoing Chaplain Family Project and implications about the role of chaplains with surrogate decision-makers in difficult situations. In Session 3, we will discuss a survey completed with Muslim physicians that challenges us to consider how we might collaborate with physicians to encourage spiritual caregiving, as well as the role that empathy plays in physicians’ comfort with discussing religion and spirituality. In Session 4, we will hear a report of the state of the chaplaincy workforce in the USA and discuss how this report impacts our thinking on education and the future of chaplaincy. Lastly, in Session 5, we will have a ‘survey’-style session and present the body of research published to date about chaplaincy and COVID-19. How were chaplains worldwide impacted by restrictions, policies, staffing changes, and the personal challenges of COVID-19? What might this research suggest about the future of chaplaincy: both our current strengths and our opportunities to change? 
 


Session 1
Utilizing a Novel Intervention: The Spiritual Legacy Document (SLD) for Patients with Advanced Diseases
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh BCC and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH CPH BCC
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

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)


In this novel intervention, chaplains interviewed patients and support person (SP) pairs, co-developing a tangible record of the participant’s spiritual journey called a personal Spiritual Legacy Document (SLD) that was later professionally printed for the participant to share with important others. The current study is an expansion of a previously published pilot and is the culmination of nearly seven years of data collection. Building on the work of Dignity Therapy (DT), the Hear My Voice (HMV) study has a specifically spiritual focus and utilizes chaplains for the interviews. Outcome data describe changes in spiritual well-being (SWB), spiritual coping strategies (SC), and quality of life (QOL) among patients and SP pairs.
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. To explore Spiritual Legacy Documents (SLDs) as novel interventions in chaplaincy care.
  2. To examine participant outcomes of those who received SLD intervention from chaplains.
  3. To discuss implications for chaplaincy care among those with advanced illness and their support person.
Reading: Piderman, K. M., Radecki Breitkopf, C., Jenkins, S. M., Ingram, C., Sytsma, T. T., Lapid, M. I., Tata, B. S., Chatterjee, K., Egginton, J. S., & Jatoi, A. (2020). Hearing and Heeding the Voices of those with Advanced Illnesses. Journal of Palliative Care, 35(4), 248–255. https://doi.org/10.1177/0825859720928623

 
Session 2
The Chaplain Family Project: Development, Feasibility, and Acceptability of an Intervention to Improve Spiritual Care of Family Surrogates
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh BCC and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH CPH BCC
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
10:00 am - 11:00 am AKST
8:00 am - 9:00 am HAST

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


Engaging with healthcare surrogates in an ICU setting can be challenging and is critical to caring for patients and those who care for them. This study provides opportunities for the reader to obtain information on the development and implementation of the Spiritual Care Assessment and Intervention (SCAI) framework, and its use in the ICU with healthcare surrogates. This pilot study assessed the feasibility and acceptability of such a framework by healthcare surrogates who were contacted proactively by a board eligible or board certified chaplain. The study offers the reader the opportunity to examine how this type of framework might be integrated into their clinical practice. 
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. To understand the development and pilot testing of a spiritual care assessment and intervention framework.
  2. To explore the use of a spiritual care assessment and interventions used with family members’ of seriously ill patients in an ICU care setting.
  3. To consider the chaplain’s proactive approach to engaging with a patient’s healthcare surrogate. 
Reading: Torke, A. M., Maiko, S., Watson, B. N., Ivy, S. S., Burke, E. S., Montz, K., Rush, S. A., Slaven, J. E., Kozinski, K., Axel-Adams, R., & Cottingham, A. (2019). The Chaplain Family Project: Development, Feasibility, and Acceptability of an Intervention to Improve Spiritual Care of Family Surrogates. Journal of health care chaplaincy, 25(4), 147–170. https://doi.org/10.1080/08854726.2019.1580979
 
Session 3
What Characteristics of Physicians Lead to Empathy and Integrating Religion and Spirituality with Patient Care? Learning from a Survey of North American Muslim Physicians
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh BCC and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH CPH BCC
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
10:00 am - 11:00 am AKST
8:00 am - 9:00 am HAST

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

This study brings us an important perspective on how physicians view conversations about spiritual care and characteristics of physicians that predict comfort with and exploration of spirituality in their practice. This survey of Muslim physicians revealed striking conclusions about the role of physician empathy in comfort with integrating spiritual practices. Further, this study raises questions around how chaplains can partner with physicians of diverse religious backgrounds towards providing optimal spiritual support for patients and families.
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. To discuss the perspectives of Muslim physicians on integrating spirituality with medical care.
  2. To understand the role empathy plays in physicians’ willingness both to explore religion/spirituality (R/S) with patients and to integrate spiritual perspectives into care.
  3. To explore how chaplains may partner with physicians of diverse religious backgrounds towards optimizing spiritual care provision to patients. 
Reading: Hamouda, M. A., Emanuel, L. L., & Padela, A. I. (2019). Empathy and Attending to Patient Religion/Spirituality: Findings from a National Survey of Muslim Physicians. Journal of health care chaplaincy, 1–21. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/08854726.2019.1618063
 
Session 4
Current Chaplain Characteristics and Implications for Strategic Planning: A Conversation about Cultural Competence, Diversity, and Concordance
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh BCC and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH CPH BCC
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
10:00 am - 11:00 am AKST
8:00 am - 9:00 am HAST

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


What do we know about how the chaplaincy workforce is similar to or different from the patient populations it serves in the U.S.? What about those currently in training, and demographic similarities or differences from those currently serving in the profession? By examining the membership rolls of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), and Neshama – Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) and comparing it to public data obtained from the Pew Research Center and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the current study provides a glimpse into the chaplaincy workforce and how it aligns or diverges from the patient populations served. Join us to discuss implications for strategic planning, especially as it relates to cultural competence, diversity, and concordance between patients and chaplains serving them.

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. To describe characteristics of the current chaplaincy workforce and patient populations served by chaplains.
  2. To identify limitations for comparing membership data of various professional chaplaincy groups.
  3. To discuss implications for chaplaincy education and training, particularly related to cultural competence, diversity, and concordance.
Reading: White, K. B., Barnes, M., Cadge, W., & Fitchett, G. (2020). Mapping the healthcare chaplaincy workforce: a baseline description. Journal of health care chaplaincy, 1–21. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/08854726.2020.1723192

 
 
Session 5
A Survey of the Research on Chaplaincy in the Time of COVID-19: Implications for the Future of Our Profession
presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh BCC and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH CPH BCC
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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)


COVID-19 radically affected the practice of chaplaincy worldwide, including chaplain staffing, how chaplains communicated with patients: virtually and through the physical barrier of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as well as the role of chaplains in caring for staff. In this session, we will survey high impact papers published to date about chaplaincy in the time of COVID-19 and discuss what the research reveals about the future of chaplaincy, including the innovations that strengthened the profession and the challenges that we continue to face. 
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. To discuss high-impact research publications about chaplaincy in the time of COVID-19 and what they reveal about chaplains’ experiences worldwide.
  2. To understand different methods used to research the impact of COVID-19 on chaplains and chaplaincy practice.
  3. To identify implications for the future of chaplaincy.
Reading: forthcoming 

 
Presenters  
Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, is a Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care in the Advocate Aurora Health Care System in Illinois. She previously served as a Senior Staff Chaplain at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She is a 2018 Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow graduate. Her research interests include the use of simulation in chaplaincy training and education, the impact of spiritual/religious coping on the association between discrimination and stress among midlife women, and the experiences of health care chaplains of color. 



 
Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPH BCC, is the Executive Director of Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship and convener of the Pediatrics Spiritual Care Research Network. She previously served for five years in various roles at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her research interests include the role of religion in surrogate decision-making and in coping with caregiving for children with complex medical needs. She completed the Transforming Chaplaincy Research Fellowship in 2019.



 
Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv MPH CPH BCC, is Senior Program Manager and Chaplain-Researcher at Indiana University (IU) Health, Indianapolis, as well as an Affiliated Research Scientist in the Center for Aging Research with the Regenstrief Institute. She previously served nine years as a chaplain at VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. She completed the Transforming Chaplaincy Research Fellowship in 2019 at the conclusion of a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology. Her research interests include spiritual care with family surrogate decision-makers and staff support following code blue events, as well as using art to engage those who are 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.
  • Chrome v50 or higher (recommended for best performance), Safari 12.1 or higher, Firefox 49.x or higher.
  • A stable Internet connection, DSL or above: 500kbps or higher to ensure fluidity of all services.
  • Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Mac OS X v10.8 or higher, Linux, Solaris.
  • Computer Speakers (for participants listening over the computer)

The link below will test your system to make sure it is compatible with the current version of the TelSpan viewer and to make sure it is not being blocked by your network. Please make sure you complete the system check before accessing the webinar.

Please click the following System Test link:  http://web.telspan.com/systemcheck 

All the lines should have a green check mark, with the exception of the webcam line, which can be red or green. If any lines except the webcam line are red, please contact your network administrator to allow TelSpanWeb access the following ports:


  • WEB SERVER: https traffic on port 443.
  • SIGNALING SERVER: https traffic on port 443 (recently changed from port 80).
  • MEDIA SERVER API: https traffic on port 443.
This will allow TelSpan to work properly.

"Webcam Access" 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 info@professionalchaplains.org for assistance.


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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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