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.
2013 ACPE CONFERENCE (INDIANAPOLIS) INFORMATION
Workshop materials for "Teaching Research Literacy in CPE: Current Models and Practical Options" (Friday, May 17th at 3:30-5:00 PM):
(updated May 14, 2013):
- Our annual Network business meeting will be on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 8:30 to 10:00 AM, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown (350 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225), as part of the ACPE national conference.
- Please support the Research Network by using our Membership Form.
- Announcement of the May 28-30, 2013 Conference on Medicine and Religion: "What Does It Mean to Care? Religious Traditions and Health Professions Today," from the University of Chicago's Program on Medicine and Religion. Details at https://pmr.uchicago.edu/2013-conference. (The conference web page also contains a link to presentation videos from last year.)
- The May Article-of-the-Month explores the "Provision of spiritual support to patients with advanced cancer by religious communities and associations with medical care at the end of life" and finds contrasts with the effect of spiritual support provided by medical teams (that may or may not include chaplains). Also note: the April AoM presents a study of anger toward God, using a sample of family members of hospice patients.
- The Winter 2013 Newsletter includes a message from ACPE Interim Director Deryck Durston, a listing of research-themed events at upcoming ACPE and APC conferences, comments by Bill Gaventa on "Research in Disability, Theology, and Ministry," a notice of research out of Ireland, and web resources for the Daily Spiritual Experiences Scale. See also the Fall 2012 issue for updates of research activity at CPE centers in Atlanta, Richmond, and Kansas City, as well as for individual projects, and two articles from researchers with proposals for consideration by the ACPE.
- 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 during 2011 includes 394 entries. The 2012 bibliography should be published in late May 2013.
- HealthCare Chaplaincy (New York) has posted on its website (www.healthcarechaplaincy.org) the first five bibliographies in its Practical Bearings series --critical reviews of important books, articles and other publications on the theory and practice of pastoral care. "The Management of Care: Literature on Leadership and Organizational Development," "Discerning Patient Needs: Spiritual Assessment," "Meeting the Other: Interreligious Encounters in the Provision and Supervision of Spiritual Care," "To Want to Learn: Educational Theory for Supervision and Training," and "By Its Fruits: The Science of Health Care Chaplaincy," can be downloaded via www.healthcarechaplaincy.org/chaplaincy-research-resources/practical-bearings.html. Future issues planned for the coming months include: "Ministry Amidst Chance, Necessity, Love: Cancer and Health Care Chaplaincy," and "The Comfort of Strangers: Trends in the History and Current Practice of Health Care." Rev. Dr. Leonard Hummel, Professor of Pastoral Theology at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and Visiting Scholar with HealthCare Chaplaincy, spoke about these bibliographies at our October 2008 Network meeting; and he is quoted on the project website: "Practical Bearings will point professional chaplains to resources that will help them fulfill their mission in the evolving and complex world of health care." These bibliographies are not restricted to research materials, but they should be broadly valuable.
- The Fetzer Institute (www.fetzer.org) has revised its website, and the link for its Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality for Use in Health Care Research may now be found at (www.fetzer.org/resources/multidimensional-measurement-religiousnessspirituality-use-health-research). Note that the online PDF does not contain the cover, title page, preface, and table of contents, which includes the booklet's statement that the publication "may be used and reprinted without special permission." All links on our Network pages have been changed to reflect this new address. See especially the Articles-of-the-Month for January 2004, January 2009, and April 2003.
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