The ACPE Research Network seeks to foster connections among members of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education interested in research, encourage original research, and raise awareness about published research (e.g., in the health care literature and the education literature) related to spirituality, pastoral care, and Clinical Pastoral Education.
(updated December 1, 2013):
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- Opportunity: Open Position for Director of Spiritual Care & ACPE Program at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medicine: Seattle, WA. DESCRIPTION: As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and serves a mission population for King County. Our institution is a great place for a research-interested supervisor, with opportunities to collaborate with physicians on projects. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The CPE Program has an educational placement at the University of Washington Medical Center. REQUIREMENTS: Full certification as Supervisor by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Minimum five years of experience in pastoral care in healthcare setting. Three years of management/leadership experience. Experience working with vulnerable populations and diverse communities, academic and/or public hospital settings highly desired. For questions contact Sean Doll O’Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maria Kim (recruiter) at email@example.com. To apply for req# 97446, visit www.uw.edu/jobs/hmc. EO/AA Employer.
- The Fall Newsletter includes news of a Rand Corporation report about "spiritual fitness," the availability of presentations from a conference on "Interdisciplinary Applications from Spirituality & Health Research," and a new journal on Spirituality in Clinical Practice; plus: a note of a CPE research project at St. Luke's Hospital (Kansas City, MO) that models the potential of residents working together as a research team, communications from two research authors of recent Articles-of-the-Month, and a new feature, "Five Questions I’d Like to Know More About through Research." Note, too, that the Spring-Summer edition included reports of research by ACPE supervisors on student self-perception of Level 1 student outcomes and on interdisciplinary education, by CPE residents at Virginia Commonwealth University on organizational culture, as well as a reflection on research by a newly certified supervisor.
- The December Article-of-the-Month will be posted by the 13th. The November Article-of-the-Month is a study of how beliefs about control over length of life and end-of-life values may influence advance care planning. This includes beliefs about "Gid control" and "natural death." Also note: The October AoM reports a study of professional quality of life -- compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, and burnout -- among VHA chaplains.
- At our spring Network meeting, Diane Dodd-McCue announced a forthcoming article identifying and examining the core journal literature sources for health care chaplaincy. That article is now published as: Johnson, E., Dodd-McCue, D., Tartaglia, A. and McDaniel, J., "Mapping the literature of health care chaplaincy," Journal of the Medical Library Association 101, no. 3 (July 2013): 199-204. It is available freely online through PubMed Central.
- Two new items have been added to our section on Incorporating Research into CPE: 1) presentations created by Paul Derrickson (Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA) for use in teaching CPE residents about research, and 2) a page pertaining to Model Practices for Teaching Research in Clinical Pastoral Education which relates to the article "Teaching Research in Clinical Pastoral Education: A Survey of Model Practices" [Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling 67, no. 1 (2013): 5:1-14 (online journal page designation)], by Alexander Tartaglia, George Fitchett, Diane Dodd-McCue, Patricia Murphy, and Paul E. Derrickson.
- The Spiritual Care Initiative for Professional Excellence [formerly the Ideal Intervention Paper (IIP) Project] has transitioned to an archive of the Knowledge Base of Spiritual Care Samples. The knowledge base file contains 395 items organized according to 26 categories. The potential for using this collection for research remains strong, though chaplains may find it valuable for many purposes.
- The latest annotated bibliography of Medline-indexed articles on spirituality & health, from the Pastoral Care Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, is available as a searchable PDF via www.uphs.upenn.edu/pastoral/resed/bibindex.html. The bibliography for articles published last year includes 325 entries.
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