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 Meaning in Life for the Spiritual/Religious and Those Who are Neither
Presented by Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

90 Minutes (1.5 CE hours - Methodology 8, Research)

This is an AUDIO ONLY recording
$35/member; $65/nonmember
Item Number: 1502WebAR
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Price: $65.00
"In some ways, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning..." Victor Frankl.

Religion/Spirituality provides meaning for many patients, and our role is to listen and witness. For some, illness challenges past religious/spiritual beliefs and, as chaplains, we accompany and guide this struggle. Research finds that some people in this country do not identify with religion/spirituality. How do we provide care that might help them on the way to making their own meaning when loss of health or impending death interfere with their past sense of meaning? This workshop will include an exploration of clinical interventions in helping patients find meaning.

The contents will include:

- A framework for understanding the role of meaning in life
- Theory and research on the role religion plays in providing meaning
- Theory and research on responding to struggle when meaning is challenged
- Research and thoughts about meaning making that includes those who are not spiritual or religious

Learning Objectives

As a result of this educational opportunity, participants will be able to:

1. Describe aspects of religion/spirituality that provide meaning in life.
2. Identify possible ways of meaning making for those who do not identify themselves as religious or spiritual.
3. Articulate evidence from at least two diagnostic groups that meaning is related to quality of life.


Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC has a doctorate degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD, and a master's in Christian spirituality from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

She is an associate professor, and has taught research and statistics, as well as counseling, for many years at Rush University Medical Center, College of Health Sciences, Chicago, IL. Board certified with BCCI, she also is the chaplain for the inpatient psychiatry units at Rush. Murphy's research has examined the role of religious beliefs in adults diagnosed with depression.

How it Works

When you purchase this audio recording, you will receive a PDF file with links to listen to the recording and access supplemental materials directly from our website. You'll be able to hear 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 is "webcast."