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 Recognizing Resilience in Patients
presented by Steven Spidell DMin BCC

90 minutes (1.5 CE hours)

$55/member; $95/nonmember
Item Number: WebR1407
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Price: $95.00
The traditional approach to chaplaincy ministry, based on psychodynamic theories, has been to focus on the negative emotions of patients as ways to encourage growth and recovery. New research is demonstrating that persons respond to loss and trauma in ways that use positive emotion and resilience capacities to adapt to trauma and change. This webinar will suggest what chaplains can be listening for as indicators of resilience and support outcomes in patients. The resilience model may support new avenues for professional chaplaincy to demonstrate the relevance of its practice and patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this educational opportunity, participants will:
1. Understand the role of resilience in grief and trauma experiences
2. Recognize evidence of resilience in patients
3. Be able to incorporate the resilience perspective into assessments of patients and plans of care
4. Communicate to other staff the possibilities for incorporating a resilience model not only in patient care but also in support of staff as a resource to combat burnout or compassion fatigue

Who should attend: chaplains, nurses and social workers involved in patient care

Content level: Intermediate


Rev. Steven Spidell BCC is a staff chaplain at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital in Houston, TX. He also is the executive director of Presbyterian Outreach to Patients in Houston. He interfaces regularly with chaplains at Methodist Hospital, MD Anderson Hospital and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, among others in the Houston area.

His study and research on disenfranchised grief resulted in the publication of "Grief in Healthcare Chaplains: An Investigation of the Presence of Disenfranchised Grief," by Steven Spidell with AnneMarie Wallace, Cindy L. Carmack, Graciela M. Nogueras-Gonzalez, Chrystal L. Parker and Scott B. Cantor in the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, Vol. 17 No. 1 (January 2011): 75-86.

Chaplain Spidell is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. He earned a master of divinity/doctor of ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and later a doctor of ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary.

How it Works

When you purchase this webinar recording, you will receive a PDF file with links to watch the recording and access supplemental materials directly from our website. You'll be able to hear and see the complete presentation, including Q&A with the audience. To participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet access and speakers, as the presentation audio and visuals are "webcast."