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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

WJC 9 - Session 3 - How Does Chaplaincy Practice Impact the Chaplain's Spirituality and Potential for Professional Burnout or Thriving?
Event Details
Date(s): June 9, 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 3
How Does Chaplaincy Practice Impact the Chaplain’s Spirituality and Potential for Professional Burnout or Thriving?
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, June 9, 2020

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 asks a fundamental question relevant to all chaplains: how does our work impact our own spirituality and spiritual health? Further, using a mixed-methods design, this study is able to typify different types of spiritual changes that VA chaplains have experienced and correlate those changes with professional burnout or professional thriving. This session will help all chaplains to reflect on the impact their work has on their own spirituality and whether this is leading them towards health or burnout, as well as introduce mixed methods as a potent research tool for chaplains. 
Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
  1. Explore chaplain professional quality of life related to how chaplaincy impacts chaplain personal spirituality. 
  2. Correlate spirituality changes with professional burnout and thriving, and be able to recognize these patterns in oneself. 
  3. Explore the use of mixed methods as a tool for research in religion, spirituality, and chaplaincy. 

Reading: McCormick, W. H., Carroll, T. D., Slagel, B. A., Drescher, K. D., Nieuwsma, J. A., & Currier, J. M. (2017). Professional quality of life and changes in spirituality among VHA chaplains: A mixed methods investigation. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 23(3), 113-129.

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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