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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

APC Webinar Journal Club 11, Five Part Series - Becoming More Evidence-Based in Your Chaplaincy Practice
Event Details
Date(s): April 26, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM  CT - 2:00 PM  CT
Location:
Virtual
Organization Details
Organization: Association of Professional Chaplains
Contact Phone: 8472401014
Contact Email: education@apchaplains.org

APC Webinar Journal Club 11, five-part series
Becoming More Evidence-Based in Your Chaplaincy Practice

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
Please Register by 4/21/2022


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.

 
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:

  • Define Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and its importance in spiritual care
  • Equip chaplains with tools to incorporate Evidence-Based Practice into their chaplaincy practice
  • Discuss strategies to critically evaluate the impact of Evidence-Based spiritual care.
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 11 sessions
$325 / computer terminal / member
$495 / computer terminal / non-member

Individual Webinar Journal Club 11 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 2022 Webinar Journal Club series
Season 11 of Webinar Journal Club will focus on Evidence-Based Practice, which recently has become a popular “buzz-word” in healthcare jargon. What is evidence-based practice? How can evidence-based practice help bedside chaplains improve their spiritual care provision? Using in-depth readings of relevant research and translating that research into practice, over five sessions hosts and guests - both paper authors and clinical Board-Certified Chaplains - will explore what Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) means for chaplains and why it is vitally important for chaplains to incorporate and evaluate EBPs in the care they provide. As the chaplaincy profession continues to incorporate research literacy into our field and certification standards, chaplains have “joined the conversation” with our other healthcare colleagues. Once research literacy has been obtained, the next step for individuals and the wider profession is to move from literacy to practice - Evidence-Based Practice.
 
In Session 1, we will hear from researcher Beth Muehlhausen about her work exploring the connections between spirituality and vicarious trauma in those who serve in trauma settings. This research illuminates the world of trauma clinicians and will be an important conversation about how chaplains experience vicarious trauma and what supports aid in coping. In Session 2, we explore how we research and understand the outcomes of chaplaincy by discussing patient reported outcome measures (the Scottish PROM) and see how PROMs were used in a large-scale Australian study of spiritual care outcomes.  In Session 3, we will discuss an evidence-based model for spiritual care assessment, Spiritual AIM, including documentation of prevalent spiritual care needs. In Session 4, we will discuss an article from mental health literature addressing perceptions of racial bias and implications for culturally responsive spiritual care. Lastly, in Session 5, we will discuss a novel intervention developed in response to COVID-19 visitor restrictions. How can chaplains leverage technology not only to connect the patient and family, but also to assist the healthcare team in providing holistic care when the patient is noncommunicative? What skills might chaplains “bring to the table” to address evidence-based spiritual care and evidence-based healthcare more broadly. 
 


Session 1 
The World of Trauma: Vicarious Trauma, Spirituality, and the Evidence-Informed Chaplain
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 8, 2022

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)


Utilizing Heideggerian Phenomenology, this qualitative study explores the experiences of trauma clinicians from their decisions to go into trauma care to how they experience vicarious trauma. The paper also includes deep exploration of trauma clinician’s spiritual views, including how those views impact their work in trauma, including how their work has changed and impacted their spiritual views. The paper also explores the various ways in which clinicians cope with vicarious trauma. Chaplains are regularly exposed to trauma and at risk for experiencing vicarious trauma, making this an important paper to understand how evidence-informed chaplains recognize vicarious trauma and cope with it, particularly in light of the role of spirituality. This paper will also introduce participants to Heideggerian Phenomenology as a methodology in chaplaincy research.
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. Explore the world of trauma clinicians and trauma care, and how chaplains intersect with that world
  2. Examine vicarious trauma and its connection to spirituality, and the evidence for how chaplains can cope with vicarious trauma
  3. Introduce participants to Heideggerian Phenomenology as an interpretive method in chaplaincy research
Reading: Muehlhausen BL. Spirituality and Vicarious Trauma Among Trauma Clinicians: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Trauma Nursing. 2021 Nov 1;28(6):367-77.doi: 10.1097/JTN.000000000000061
 

 
Session 2
Understanding the Outcomes of Spiritual Care Through the Eyes of Patients
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 26, 2022

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)


Researching outcomes in spiritual care is a challenging yet highly important part of becoming evidence-based in our chaplaincy practice. What are some of the best methods, and how can those methods respect the sacredness of chaplaincy? This paper illustrates the use of the Scottish PROM (Patient Reported Outcome Measure) to explore the outcomes of spiritual care across a large population. In this session we will discuss outcomes research, the Scottish PROM as a valuable method for outcomes research, and how we work with patients themselves to understand what they need and value in spiritual care. We will discuss strategies to incorporate that into our evidence-based practice.
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. Understand the importance of patient perspectives on the outcomes and efficacy of spiritual care
  2. Introduce the Scottish PROM as one method for gathering patient data on spiritual care outcomes
  3. Explore how chaplains can apply results from outcomes research into their own evidence-based caregiving
Reading: Tan H, Rumbold B, Gardner F, Snowden A, Glenister D, Forest A, Bossie C, Wyles L. Understanding the outcomes of spiritual care as experienced by patients. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy. 2020 Jul 24:1-5. DOI: 10.1080/08854726.2020.1793095


 
Session 3
Evidence-Based Spiritual Care with Adult Outpatients with Cancer: Documenting Spiritual Assessments
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 14, 2022

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)

Following a prior pilot study of Spiritual AIM, Kestenbaum and colleagues recently published this retrospective chart review of chaplaincy assessment and documentation. As chaplains continue to integrate into interdisciplinary teams and contribute to interdisciplinary care, documentation is an important means of communicating spiritual assessments and generating chaplain-based data. The session will focus on how Spiritual AIM provides a model that can be integrated into bedside chaplaincy care to promote evidence-based practice.
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. Provide a working definition of evidence-based practice and discuss an example related to caring for adult outpatients with cancer
  2. Describe documentation practices and the frequency of spiritual needs of this population
  3. Discuss an evidence-based model for spiritual care screening and assessment, e.g. Spiritual AIM
Reading: Kestenbaum A, McEniry KA, Friedman S, Kent J, Ma JD, Roeland EJ. Spiritual AIM: assessment and documentation of spiritual needs in patients with cancer. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy. 2021 Dec 2:1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/08854726.2021.2008170


 
Session 4
Perceived Racial Bias and Potential Impacts on Spiritual Care: Making a Case for Evidence-Based Practice
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 13, 2022

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 perceptions of racial bias and the impact upon those receiving care? In this qualitative study from a VA healthcare setting, eighty-five (85) African American Veterans were interviewed about their evaluation of verbal and non-verbal cues for racial bias that influence their receptivity to care. Special attention will be given to the portion of the article focused on implications for practice and exploring how those implications from a mental healthcare context may be relevant for inpatient, outpatient, and other spiritual care contexts.
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. Describe perceptions of racial bias reported by African Americans utilizing mental healthcare services
  2. Examine the use of qualitative interviews as a research methodology
  3. Discuss implications for culturally responsive spiritual care delivery as a component of evidence-based practice
Reading: Eliacin J, Matthias MS, Cunningham B, Burgess DJ. Veterans’ perceptions of racial bias in VA mental healthcare and their impacts on patient engagement and patient-provider communication. Patient education and counseling. 2020 Sep 1;103(9):1798-804. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2020.03.017.
 

 
 
Session 5
Developing a Novel Intervention to Address COVID-related Communication Gaps: “This is My Story” as an Evidence-Based Practice
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 15, 2022

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, particularly the ways chaplains support patients’ loved ones and healthcare teams/staff. One such gap was the “humanizing” information loved ones often would share at bedside, absent due to visitor restrictions. During a chaplain-initiated phone call to loved ones, they were asked to describe the patient as a person, leading to a short, edited audio file inserted into the electronic health record (EHR) available to the healthcare team. Utilizing this model, the session will focus on evidence-based practice to promote holistic, humanizing care.
 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. Discuss development of a novel intervention in response to clinical need during a crisis event
  2. Examine case study methodology as an approach for describing a newly developed intervention
  3. Describe the contribution to evidence-based spiritual care
Reading: Tracey E, Crowe T, Wilson J, Ponnala J, Rodriguez-Hobbs J, Teague P. An Introduction to a Novel Intervention,“This is My Story”, to Support Interdisciplinary Medical Teams Delivering Care to Non-Communicative Patients. Journal of religion and health. 2021 Oct;60(5):3282-90. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01379-3.   
 

 
Presenters  
Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC,serves as the Chair of the Department of Patient Counseling within the College of Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Director of Pastoral Care at VCU Medical Center. She previously served as the Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care in the Advocate Aurora Health Care System in Illinois. 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." 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.
  • 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@apchaplains.org for assistance.


Confirmation
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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