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Friday, March 6, 2020

Spirituality as an Inherently Psychological Process: Integrating Evidence Based Practices from the Field of Psychology to Create Effective Pastoral Interventions
Event Details
Date(s): March 6, 2020
Time: 1:30 PM  CT - 3:00 PM  CT
Organization Details
Organization: Association of Professional Chaplains
Contact Phone: 8472401014
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Spirituality as an Inherently Psychological Process: Integrating Evidence Based Practices from the Field of Psychology to Create Effective Pastoral Interventions
presented by Michael Sibley MDiv BCC
Date & Time
Friday, March 6, 2020
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm  Central 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Mountain
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Pacific
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Alaska
9:30 am - 11:00 am Hawaii
90 minutes (1.5 CE hours - Methodology 8, Research
A review of the literature related to pastoral interventions in a psychiatric context renders very little in the way of evidence based practice related to effective pastoral interventions for psychiatric patients. The field of psychology, on the other hand possesses a wealth of evidence based interventions and techniques. By integrating the techniques supported by the evidence in the field of psychology with best practices and "doing what works" from a pastoral care perspective, effective pastoral support can occur as the evidence base from the field of psychology can serve as a scaffold for the field of pastoral care as it seeks to develop its own evidence based practice. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the interplay between psychological interventions and pastoral interventions recognizing that the process by which people grow and develop spiritually also is an inherently psychological process contributing to psychological growth as well. With that in mind, all pastoral interventions have a psychological underpinning as spirituality and the processing of religion is an inherently psychological process. Moving forward, these disciplines have the capacity to inform one another and work together to build interventions and move evidence based practice forward for both the fields of psychology and pastoral care and counseling.
Learning Objectives
  • The participants will be able to find and evaluate appropriate sources of evidence based literature from the field of psychology and be able to consider the source's capacity to inform a potential pastoral intervention or care technique.
  • The participants will be able to recognize the value of the evidence base from the field of Psychology in formulating and delivering pastoral interventions and will learn methods to integrate this evidence base toward their work in their current ministerial context.
  • The participants will be able to take evidence based practices from the field of psychology and utilize them in developing effective pastoral interventions and creating sound evidence based practice in the field of pastoral care moving ultimately toward developing a body of evidence based information that can guide the field of pastoral care and counseling.
Please Register by Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Registration by the published deadline is required to ensure that participants receive handouts, login information and pre-reading materials, if any, in sufficient time before the webinar.
Chaplain Mike Sibley is a Psychiatric Chaplain and Licensed Pastoral Counselor at Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.  He is a Board Certified Chaplain with BCCI and SCA.  He is licensed as a pastoral counselor through the state of Kentucky.  Mike completed his seminary training at New Orleans Baptist Seminary and a total of three years in CPE residencies (Level 1, Level 2, and Supervisory CPE) at East Jefferson General Hospital, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, and The McFarland Institute.  He has completed additional graduate and doctoral level studies at the University of Kentucky in Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Sciences and Research, and Cognitive Sciences.  Through the course of his career, Mike has worked in ICU, PICU, NICU, Transplant, CICU, ED and trauma, hospice, Inpatient palliative care, out-patient psychiatry, and Acute In-patient psychiatry.  Mike also has a small private practice that he maintains in addition to his caseload at Eastern State Hospital.  He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a seasoned presenter, having presented at two national APC conferences on the subjects of spirituality in mental illness.  Mike has also presented at the Racial, Ethnic, and Multicultural Conference of the ACPE on the ramifications of moving from pastoral care to spiritual care in name and function.  His personal research interests include the intersections between psychology, theology, and neurophysiology.  In his off time, he enjoys gardening, hiking, spending time outdoors, working on cars, and spending time with his beautiful 12 year old daughter, Addison.
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." Our webinars are 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 ask questions of the audience and answer questions posed by participants.
System Requirements
• 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 Browsers:  Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Windows Edge browser.
• 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 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Mac OS X v10.4 or higher, Linux, Solaris.
• Adobe Flash Player 13.0 or newer:
• Computer Speakers
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.
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 scheduled event. 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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