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Spring 2017 Newsletter

Volume 15, Number 2
Published March 5, 2017

Edited by Chaplain John Ehman, Network Convener

Network members are encouraged to submit articles for upcoming issues.
The Newsletter is published three times a year: Fall, Spring, and Summer.



  1.     "Working Together, Building Together: The Importance of Spiritual Care Research" --A Message from Carlos R. Bell, ACPE President
  2.     Research Network Annual Business Meeting, Friday, May 5, 2017, Minneapolis, MN
  3.     Emory Announces New Director of Research in Spiritual Health
  4.     Book Notice: Religious Beliefs, Evolutionary Psychiatry, and Mental Health in America: Evolutionary Threat Assessment Systems Theory
  5.     Thoughts on the Transforming Chaplaincy Fellowship, by Recipient Geila Rajaee
  6.     ACPE Conference: Research Workshops
  7.     NACC Conference: Workshops Emphasizing Research
  8.     APC Conference: Professional Development Initiatives and Workshops Emphasizing Research
  9.     Caring for the Human Spirit Conference: Plenaries and Workshops Emphasizing Research
  10.   International Study of Chaplains' Attitudes about Research
  11.   First Chaplaincy Research Summer Institute, July 24-28, 2017
  12.   GWISH Spirituality and Health Summer Institute, July 10-13, 2017
  13.   Duke Spirituality and Health Workshop, August 14-18, 2017
  14.   EQUATOR Network: Online Resource for Research Reporting Guidelines
  15.   John Templeton Foundation Online Funding Inquiry
  16.   Catholic Health World Article: "Strengthen Chaplaincy Research to Improve Spiritual Care"
  17.   Harvard Magazine Article: "Connecting Body and Soul"
  18.   Research Items from the ACPE's Newsletters and Monday Morning Briefings
  19.   Call for Papers from the American Psychological Association


1.   "Working Together, Building Together: The Importance of Spiritual Care Research" --A Message from Carlos R. Bell, ACPE President

I want to affirm the work of the ACPE Research Network for providing critical leadership in the area of spiritual care research. The Network has been a leading voice advocating for the integration of research into educational programs and professional practice. Its website provides cutting-edge scholarly articles from various perspectives and user-friendly information. ACPE has recognized research as a significant aspect of its standards and adherers to the established guidelines in the design and conduct of research (ACPE Standard 101).

The thought that "research undermines the action-reflection-action model of learning and trains individuals in the discipline of research and dismisses the art of spiritual care" is one viewpoint. What a misnomer! The classification of research as only an academic discipline is an inappropriate designation, since integrative research encourages the spiritual care practitioner to conduct spiritual care research and its application to praxis. The educational process of integrating theory and practice are congruent with spiritual care education in order to demonstrate the value of our practice. The goal is to train informed spiritual care research consumers, not researchers.

Just to clarify, the term "evidence based" does not imply that a particular therapy or treatment is the end all for any particular diagnosis whether it is in the ICD-10 or DSM-V. It does mean that the treatment has been studied and is viewed to have certain predictable outcomes for the specific types of illness or injury. These encounters are always being reviewed and the protocols are never allowed to remain static and depersonalized. The knowledge base of ACPE theory and praxis has proven that no standardized theory or metric is perfect or works all the time and in every situation. The critical reflective nature of evidence based research provides the avenue to integrate quantitative (numerical data/head) and qualitative (narrative/heart) into a holistic practice of spiritual care.

One of the groundbreaking works that integrates spiritual education and care research is The Discipline. In their book The Discipline for Pastoral Care Giving, Larry VandeCreek, DMin, and Arthur M. Lucas, MDiv, ACPE Supervisor, wrote, "While technical in structure, the process of The Discipline is largely content free. Chaplains must remain attuned, even dependent, on the patient for its substance, desired contributing outcomes, plan, and interventions. The model is implemented as a dynamic process open to the heart, story, and person of the patient. The Discipline requires the chaplain to be consistently available and intentional." The Discipline provides a theoretical model for spiritual care with defined measurable outcomes utilizing the CPE process as foundational.

The ACPE members recently approved research as an essential component of the new Governance Structure. Members strongly advocated in their feedback for the continuation and enhancement of spiritual care research. During the transition to a new governance model, the work of the ACPE Research Network will continue to be crucial to the advancement of the clinical pastoral education movement. The Network has demonstrated proven leadership to assist ACPE in “Working Together, Building Together” for a brighter future.


2.   Research Network Annual Business Meeting, Friday, May 5, 2017, Minneapolis, MN

Our annual Network business meeting will be on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 AM, at the Minneapolis Marriott Center (30 South 7th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402), as part of the ACPE's national conference. This breakfast meeting will be a time to share projects and interests, discuss how to promote research in the ACPE, and accomplish essential business. Please send any agenda items to (For more about research at the ACPE conference, see Item #6, below.)


3.   Emory Announces New Director of Research in Spiritual Health

George H. Grant, PhD, Executive Director of Spiritual Health at the Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University announces that Charles "Chuck" Raison, MD, has been appointed as Director of Research in Spiritual Health. Along with degrees in Anthropology, English and Medicine, Chuck has a distinguished career in psychiatry which notably includes research in Cognitively-Based Compassion Training. Grant and Raison are assembling a team to research the effects of compassion training in chaplaincy and to create beside interventions toward relief in spiritual and emotional distress. Just recently Dr. Raison served as the Co-Chair at the 2016 U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress.

Along with his new role at Emory, Raison is the Mike and Mary Sue Shannon Endowed Chair in Mind, Body, and Family Well-being and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to this, he was Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and the Barry and Janet Lang Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona.

Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training. The recipient of several teaching awards, he has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, he received the Raymond Pearl Memorial Award from the Human Biology Association "in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of evolutionary biocultural origins of mental health and illness."

Dr. Raison serves as the founding Director of the Center for Compassion Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Usona Institute. He is the mental health expert for


4.   Book Notice: Religious Beliefs, Evolutionary Psychiatry, and Mental Health in America: Evolutionary Threat Assessment Systems Theory

Kevin J. Flannelly, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy and Senior Researcher at the Center for PsychoSocial Research (Massapequa, NY), has penned the following note to our Network regarding his new book, Religious Beliefs, Evolutionary Psychiatry, and Mental Health in America: Evolutionary Threat Assessment Systems Theory (New York: Springer Nature, 2017):

My recent book explains: (1) that the psychiatric symptoms ordinary people experience in everyday life are rooted in our evolutionary heritage; (2) that the brain mechanisms which cause psychiatric symptoms evolved to warn us about threats of potential harm; and (3) that religious and other beliefs can exacerbate or ameliorate such symptoms by acting on these threat assessment systems in the brain. The book combines my own theory and research on the connection between religious beliefs and mental health with related theoretical ideas and research. It contains eight basic drawings and schematic diagrams of the brain systems involved in threat assessment and psychiatric symptoms, and 40 simple graphs that summarize over 100 studies on the positive and negative associations between different religious beliefs and mental health. The book is the culmination of my interest in psychiatry, which began when I read Sigmund Freud's Psychopathology of Everyday Life in the 1960's, my graduate education and subsequent research in comparative and physiological psychology in the 1970's and 1980's, and my research program since the 1990's on religion and health.

Dr. Flannelly may be reached at


5.   Thoughts on the Transforming Chaplaincy Fellowship, by Recipient Geila Rajaee

When I began in health care chaplaincy nearly ten years ago, I realized that I had found a career that was powerful and meaningful. As the Manager of Spiritual Care Services for the Mount Carmel Health System (Columbus, Ohio), I managed operations and personnel across multiple hospitals. But, I felt drawn to further education and to research, and so I applied for the Research Fellowship of the Transforming Chaplaincy project, supported by the John Templeton Foundation. As a result, in the fall of 2016, I began a two-year Master of Public Health program at the University of Michigan.

I came to this fellowship with an interest in learning more about how to provide better chaplaincy care for adolescents and young adults (AYA) in oncology settings. As religious demographics change, our practices too must adapt to the needs of the patients that we are serving, and their needs may require of us new learning and/or the development or adaption of our skills. Being able to identify and describe the needs of the AYA community is an essential first step for me, and I look forward to learning new skills to best identify such needs and the evidenced-based approaches that may be of support to this population during cancer treatment.

I feel this is an exciting time for chaplaincy, and I'm honored to be one of the sixteen Transforming Chaplaincy Fellows pursuing educational journeys and hopefully together making a contribution to our discipline. We are following our passions to discover new paths for chaplaincy as a profession and a practice, engaging the questions that arise from clinical work. I trust that we will discover and refine interventions that promote healing and wholeness, in partnership with other clinicians, to show the impact of chaplaincy care on individuals, families, hospital systems, and communities.


6.   ACPE Conference: Research Workshops

The ACPE's annual conference in Minneapolis, MN, May 3-5, 2017, will include three workshops with a particular focus on research:

Teaching Research Literacy in CPE (Thursday, May 4th, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM)
Description: The workshop is designed for CPE supervisors who are teaching or who are considering inclusion of research literacy education within their program. CPE supervisors in the first cohort of Transforming Chaplaincy Curriculum Development grant recipients will share what they have learned about successful and unsuccessful strategies for teaching research literacy in CPE. The workshop will also facilitate the further development of a network of CPE supervisors interested in research literacy education for chaplains. Presenters: George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, BCC, ACPE Supervisor, Professor and Director of Research, Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; and Alexander F. Tartaglia, DMin, ACPE Supervisor, Professor and Associate Dean, Katherine I. Lantz Department of Patient Counseling, School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA.

Research in CPE: Past, Present and Future (Friday, May 5th, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Description: PAST: In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of ACPE we will briefly describe important milestones in the history of research in CPE (Fitchett). PRESENT: Presentations about recent/current CPE-related research activities (Judith Ragsdale: Chaplain research fellowships; Karen Hutt: CPE and chaplaincy in outpatient settings; and Alexander Tartaglia: Teaching chaplaincy care documentation in CPE). FUTURE: Three approaches for advancing CPE research: small, medium and large (Fitchett), and consideration of initiatives currently underway, initiatives under development, and developing collaborations to advance CPE research. Presenters: George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, BCC, ACPE Supervisor, Professor and Director of Research, Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; and Rev. Elizabeth B. J. Larson, Director, Spiritual Health Services, Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville, MN.

Integrating CPE into a Master of Science Degree Program at a Major Research University (Friday, May 5th, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Description: The CPE program at Virginia Commonwealth University/VCU Health was established in 1958. In 1970, the program became a part of the newly formed School of Allied Health Professions offering a graduate certificate. The faculty had a vision to move beyond a certificate program and create an academic degree program that would incorporate all of the requirements of CPE into a Master of Science curriculum. That vision was finally brought into reality in the year 2000 with approval by the University and the State Council on Higher Education of Virginia. Currently the Department of Patient Counseling offers multiple tracks for the degree including a year-long residency in CPE that leads to the MS. As a result, students who complete a residency year in CPE receive 3 units of ACPE credit and an MS degree. The workshop will tell the story of how VCU established this dual MS/CPE program and has sustained and developed it over the last 16 years. A description of the CPE/MS curriculum will be described in detail. One significant innovative curriculum development has been incorporating three research literacy courses as well as formal courses in clinical ethics and in leadership of a spiritual care department into the CPE/MS requirements. Advantages and disadvantages of the program will be discussed. As a part of the workshop we will talk about how the educational and instructional elements inherent in CPE (e.g. CPE Outcomes) can be translated into distinct academic courses as a way of developing an academic curriculum for training healthcare chaplains. Participants will be introduced to the use of a curriculum map to align program outcomes with course content and measures of assessment. The presentation will address some of the benefits and challenges of having a CPE program housed in a university rather than hospital administrative setting. Presented by Russell H. Davis, PhD, ACPE Supervisor, Professor and Chair, Department of Patient Counseling, School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; and Alexander F. Tartaglia, DMin, ACPE Supervisor, Professor and Associate Dean, Department of Patient Counseling, School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA.
In addition, research figures into the descriptions of several other workshops:
  • "Start Close In" --Perspectives from Bowen Theory, Transformational Learning Theory and Technology for Building an Integrated CPE Curriculum (Thursday, May 4th, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM) -- The workshop will "include references to contemporary research in human functioning while introducing essential concepts of Bowen Theory and their application to a CPE learning process." Presented by Kenton T. Derstine, DMin, Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry and the Director of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program, Eastern Mennonite Seminary; and Penny Driediger, MDiv, ACPE Associate Supervisor and Assistant Director, CPE Program Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

  • Rediscovering Meaning from Trauma: An Evidence-Based Perspective (Thursday, May 4th, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM). The workshop focuses on an intervention to address trauma and moral injury/spiritual distress in Veterans, developed in light of Dr. Harris' research. Presented by J. Irene Harris, Ph.D., Minneapolis VA Health Care System and Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota; and Timothy Usset, MDiv, MA, LAMFT, Chaplain, 13th Psychological Operations Battalion and Study Chaplain, Building Spiritual Strength Study, Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

  • Lessons from the Field: Reflections on Past Innovative CPE Projects (Friday, May 5th, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM). This is a panel presentation by ACPE Innovative Program Award recipients, including Karen Hutt, ACPE Supervisor, University of Minnesota Medical Center. University Medical Center and recipient for the project, "Responding to Change in Patient Care: Outpatient CPE & Interdisciplinary Research Models."


7.   NACC Conference: Workshops Emphasizing Research

The National Association of Catholic Chaplains' annual conference will be held in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, April 28 - May 1, 2017 and will include the following workshops that emphasize research (listed in chronological order). Note that the workshops are identified as Beginner or Intermediate. For more on research in the NACC in general, see, and in a similar vein see Item #16, below. In addition, the NACC produces the publication Vision, the March-April 2017 issue of which contains an article by Kate Piderman, "Research Collaboration Also Yields Personal Growth."

  • Care Conferences - A Research Project (Friday, April 28th, 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM) -- Intermediate Level Workshop presented by Jack R. Conrad -- Description: Formation of a research project is challenging and difficult, especially if you have not been involved with research before. This workshop will take the participants through the process of creation of a real research project. The workshop will also discuss how care conferences can impact Patient and Family Experience Scores. As a result of this workshop, participants will: 1) share the construction of a research project on changing the way care conferences are conducted and the experience and requirements of forming a research project in chaplaincy, 2) discuss the care conference and its impact on Patient and Family Experience Scores, and 3) help chaplains understand the formation and execution of chaplaincy based research.

  • Spiritual, But Not Religious: A Path for Connection and Comfort (Saturday, April 29th, 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM) -- Beginner Level Workshop presented by Kristie J. Zahn -- Description: The field of professional chaplaincy is being challenged to offer spiritual care to address the needs of an increasingly unaffiliated, diverse, spiritually minded society who find meaning and purpose outside the walls of traditional religion. Atheists, Agnostics, and those who embrace a spirituality of their own are growing in number. Neuroscience research supports spiritual intervention in healing and wholeness, without judgment or discrimination to a specific faith tradition. In this workshop we will explore tools for ministering to the "None/Not Religious." As a result of this workshop, participants will: 1) examine themes that inform those who declare themselves unaffiliated to a traditional religion, and explore how you might offer spiritual care in a way that resonates with patients/residents who are "None/Not Religious" and 2) learn various approaches to assess, initiate, and offer spiritual care to patients/individuals who find the sacred beyond traditional religion, who are in need of "Grace without God."

  • Journeying with Research: Problems and Promise of Research in Religion, Spirituality and Health (Saturday, April 29th, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM) -- Beginner/Intermediate Level Workshop presented by Allison S. DeLaney and Beba Tata -- Description: This will be a practical overview of research findings through the lens of a hospice chaplain in her first year of research training. Challenges of doing religion, spirituality and health research will be discussed in addition to the promise/necessity of research for the development of chaplaincy and good spiritual care. Personal reflection on the relevance of research to pastoral care practice is welcomed. Initial findings from the "3 top priorities for chaplain research," the 200+ chaplain survey given by George Fitchett at last year's NACC conference, will be shared. As a result of this workshop, participants will: 1) gain an awareness of current research approaches and critique relevance to chaplaincy and 2) be able to access research articles more easily and identify how their own personal opinions of research compare with other chaplains and experts.

  • Metrics for Spiritual Care: A KentuckyOne Health Intervention (Sunday, April 30th, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM) -- All Levels Workshop presented by Nadia Siritsky -- Description: CHI Kentucky One's Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY, gets over 100 Emergency Department (ED) visits a day that puts pressure on maintaining high quality service and on staff health. The Jewish Hospital Clinical and Operational Excellence (COE) team worked collaboratively with the Pastoral Care and Clinical and Process Excellence (CPE) teams to launch an innovative Chaplain Intervention Program (ChIP) that integrated skilled chaplains into the ED environment with a two-fold approach to provide patient care and deliver staff support. Mission leader, Rabbi Nadia Siritsky, BCC, a social researcher by background, will share the process of developing the metrics used to measure effectiveness, what they are learning, and how they are moving forward to integrate metrics in spiritual care. As a result of this workshop, participants will: 1) be able to identify methods for evaluating the impact of spiritual care interventions for patients, 2) be able to identify methods for evaluating the impact of spiritual interventions for staff, and 3) be able to identify methods that pastoral care can be used to reduce compassion fatigue and burnout, and improve patient experience.

  • Spiritual Assessment in Palliative and End of Life Care (Sunday, April 30th, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM) -- All Levels Workshop presented by Karen Pugliese and George Fitchett -- Description: Recognizing the limitations of one-size-fits-all narrative assessment models, Chaplains participating in the Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program, developed a quantifiable model for assessing and reporting unmet spiritual needs. The model's conceptual foundations and development will be described. Participants will use the model to assess spiritual needs in a patient receiving palliative care. Strengths and weaknesses of the model, and areas for future research in spiritual assessment in palliative care, will be discussed. As a result of this workshop, participants will: 1) learn the limitations of current approaches to spiritual assessment, 2) utilize a new model to quantitatively assess the unmet spiritual needs of a palliative care patient, and 3) Evaluate the strengths and limitations of a quantifiable model for assessing unmet spiritual needs in patients receiving palliative care.

  • Using Screeners for Religious or Spiritual Struggle: Why, How, What? (Sunday, April 30th, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM) -- Intermediate Level Workshop presented by Patricia E. Murphy and Caterina Mako -- Description: Research shows that religious or spiritual (R/S) struggle negatively impacts quality of life for patients. Chaplains need to communicate the importance of screening for R/S struggle to provide good stewardship. The workshop will describe the experience of the use of screening tools by one hospital's engaging staff for all patients as part of the intake recorded in the Electronic Medical Record. Finally, the workshop will report on research which best detects patients who are actually experiencing spiritual struggle. As a result of this workshop, participants will: 1) learn the impact of using a screener and its importance for patients; 2) identify aspects of a process for leading hospital personnel to include a screener as standard protocol for patients, and 3) Use evidence-based research to select a screener.


8.   APC Conference: Professional Development Initiatives and Workshops Emphasizing Research

The Association of Professional Chaplains' annual conference will beheld June 22-25, 2017 in Houston, TX, and will offer a variety of Professional Development Initiatives and Workshops that focus on or involve research. The following are listed in chronological order. (Note that some are pre-conference activities.)

  • Dementia: Meaningful Connections and Interactions (Wednesday, June 21st, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM) -- Professional Development Initiatives presented by Thomas Grau Wert -- Description: Windows for meaningful interaction with those who have dementia: Sensory Stimulation (touch, movement, senses, and participatory experiences, such as gardening and walks), Reminiscence/Life Review (eliciting, sharing, and validating life experiences), Story Telling/Imagination (objects, photos, sounds, picture books and guided imagery), The Arts (paintings, fabric, and other visual arts, along with media for self-expression), and Music (physical, psychological/emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual effects). Each of these areas covered will relate current research and programs, using videos, hand-outs, and specific activities with a proven track record. The last 45 minutes of the intensive involves participants planning how to implement these approaches.

  • Increasing Research Literacy through Journal Clubs (Wednesday, June 21st, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM) -- Professional Development Initiatives presented by David W. Fleenor -- Description: This workshop will present an easy and substantive way to increase research literacy by introducing chaplains to a journal club. A journal club is a group that meets regularly to critically evaluate peer-reviewed journal articles and discuss their clinical applicability. In this workshop, participants will learn how journal clubs developed in medical education, become familiar with best practices of effective journal clubs, and understand the best ways to organize and lead one. Participants will need to read a journal article in advance and be prepared to discuss it during this workshop.

  • Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices (Friday, June 23rd, 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM) --Workshop presented by Anne Kertz Kernion -- Description: Would you like to have research-backed evidence to show why spiritual practices are a vital component in patient and staff health and well-being? Then this workshop is for you. The latest neuroscientific research concurs that meditation, mindfulness, gratitude, and other spiritual practices bring about lower blood pressure, reduced inflammation, slower aging, reduced anxiety and depression, decrease in chronic pain, plus other benefits. These practices not only help our individual health, they create more compassionate work environments. We'll discuss these findings and ways to incorporate them easily into patient care.

  • Reducing Length of Stay, Direct Cost, and Readmissions in Total Joint Arthroplasty Patients (Friday, June 23rd, 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM) -- Workshop presented by Tia Jamir -- Description: I will demonstrate that our Orthopedic Collaborative Care Model promotes a patient and family centered focus, interdisciplinary communication, coordination of care, and the measurement of team-based outcomes, including chaplain's impact with both patients and staff. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to determine if an Outcomes Manager led interdisciplinary team could reduce length of stay and direct cost without increasing 30-day readmission rates. Results showed that length of stay (Total Hip Arthroplasty reduced by 0.4 days and Total Knee Arthroplasty reduced by 0.6 days) and direct cost were significantly decreased while readmission rates of both populations were not significantly increased.

  • Buddhist Healing Principles: Cross Cultural Research and the Application of Buddhist Teaching (Saturday, June 24th, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM) -- Workshop presented by Daijaku Judith Kinst with Jo Laurence MA and Alistair Shanks) -- Description: Buddhist teachings and practices can successfully enrich chaplaincy with diverse populations. The ten healing principles developed by Paula Arai from her ethnographic research with contemporary Japanese Buddhist lay women have particular relevance. We will discuss these principles, examine their application to chaplaincy in the U.S. through case studies, and explore how they can support effective end of life spiritual care. Through an examination of the Zen Hospice of San Francisco volunteer training program, we will discuss how Buddhist teachings, and the practice of mindfulness, has led directly to a successful model for training hospice volunteers from any or no faith tradition.

  • Enhancing Collaboration and Communication among Caring Disciplines (Saturday, June 24th, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM) -- Workshop presented by Dane R. Sommer with Sabra Boyd) -- Description: Full session title: Enhancing Collaboration and Communication among Caring Disciplines through Simulation Training Over the Past Eighteen Months, leaders from the Departments of Social Work Services, Child Life and Spiritual Services have come together to design and implement mandatory simulation training. Beginning in March 2014, staff members from our psycho-social teams have been required to attend annual three hours of simulation training. Each session utilizes standardized patients (actors) in our simulation lab to recreate common yet difficult situations where team members need to collaborate to provide best practice. Each session includes three scenarios; objectives were created for each scenario that focus on team members demonstrating their own skills and competencies while recognizing the same in other disciplines. During the first year those scenarios included suicidal ideation by an adolescent in an outpatient setting, a 6 y/o semi-conscious trauma victim who needed to be catheterized, and a pediatric intensive care unit emergent code and death. Through 2015 and 2016 over 200 psycho-social and spiritual team members participated in simulation training. In June 2016, a new set of scenarios was created for a new year of training. The team has received approval from the Children's Mercy IRB to do pre- and post-training questionnaires to determine the effectiveness of training and participant comfort with simulation as a learning method. This presentation will review the history of the development of the simulation learning program, share video clips of sequences involving critical communication among team members, and share recent data from our research project.

  • Spiritual Assessment in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (Saturday, June 24th, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM) -- Workshop presented by George Fitchett, with Anna Lee Hisey Pierson, Nancy Waite, Christine Hoffmeyer, and Dirk Labuschagne -- Description: Chaplains have begun to recognize the limitations of one-size-fits-all, narrative models for spiritual assessment. A team of Chicago-area palliative care chaplains participating in the Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program developed a quantifiable model for assessing and reporting unmet spiritual needs in patients receiving palliative care. We will describe the model, its conceptual foundations and its development. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to use the model to assess unmet spiritual needs in a patient receiving palliative care. The strengths and weaknesses of the model, as well as areas for future research in spiritual assessment in palliative care will be discussed.

  • Artful Tuning of End-of-Life Dance: Healing Practice and Evidence-based Documentation (Saturday, June 24th, 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM) -- Workshop presented by Kei Okada -- Description: Chaplains are required to demonstrate both the effective, clinical communication and empathic, compassionate sensitivity; the scientific mind of assessing and analyzing the data, and the creative mind of enhancing and connecting with each patient's unique inner process and narratives. This workshop is designed to explore how we can translate and "dance" between science and art, among the different languages of assessment models, care plans, quality indicators, patient satisfaction survey, and patients' actual narratives, in order to develop our end-of-life spiritual care practice and documentation.

  • Chaplains: The Voice of Hope in Times of Uncertainty (Saturday, June 24th, 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM) -- Workshop presented by Conroy Reynolds -- Description: The essence of a chaplain's leadership is to be the purveyor of hope to individuals, families and communities. Hope is fundamental to the search for meaning and purpose, is associated with increased wellbeing, and is a positive ingredient of healthy coping. Moreover, most models of hope point to spirituality as a core component. Consequently, Chaplains are called to be the "vessels of hope" to the diverse populations they serve. This presentation combines theory, research and practice to teach the chaplain how to help ignite or release the latent power of hope for healing and growth.

  • Researching Hospice Coping and Resiliency (Saturday, June 24th, 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM -- Workshop presented by John Michael Betz -- Description: Hospice settings expose clinical staff to continual experiences of death and grief. The University of Cincinnati partnered with a local rural hospice with the purpose of longitudinally surveying the clinical and office staff over a two year period. This lecture will provide a primer on how chaplains can become more research literate with the purpose of refining and continuing to develop the discipline of Spiritual Care. This will include ideas for developing resiliency as well as deepening the potential impact of chaplains among staff.

  • Strengthening Our Staff Care Voices--Improving Leaders' Perceptions of Chaplaincy's Value (Saturday, June 24th, 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM) -- Workshop presented by Marie A. Eastman -- Description: Professional chaplains care for staff at their organizations, yet care of staff can be taken for granted or overlooked as a factor in how spiritual care providers are valued by their employers. In addition to care of patients and families, chaplains must learn to articulate the value of the care they provide to staff. This workshop will help attendees understand how to develop their own value proposition for staff care, and how to get that message across to leadership; it will include recommendations on how to get feedback from employees regarding chaplains' staff care and produce outcomes meaningful to administrators.

  • A Different Variety of Chaplain Participation in Research (Sunday, June 25th, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM) -- Workshop presented by Jodie Futornick -- Description: Full session title; A Different Variety of Chaplain Participation in Research: Providing Chaplaincy Care Around Patient Participation in Clinical Research Trials. One decision many patients with advanced or chronic diseases often encounter is whether to participate in clinical research trials. These patients face discernment around complex issues. Some of these questions are spiritual in nature, for example: Should I do this for altruistic reasons, to help future patients? How do I cope with the disappointment of having to leave a trial because I no longer meet criteria? How is my faith and trust affected by this process? The chaplain is uniquely qualified to assist patients and families in identifying and addressing these issues and sharing these concerns with the interdisciplinary team.

  • The Effects of Trauma Exposure on Chaplains (Sunday, June 25th, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM) -- Workshop presented by Alexandra Zareth Canales Gonzalez -- Description: Chaplains are continuously exposed to clients, stories, and conditions that highlight issues of poverty, abuse, pain, loss, anger, and other tragic aspects of life. Research has unveiled the significant physical and mental consequences that trauma work has on caregivers (i.e., obesity, diabetes, chronic exhaustion, ulcers, depression, anxiety, guilt, angry outbursts, post-traumatic stress disorder, vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, etc.). For effective caregiving, chaplains must learn of the effects trauma exposure can have on themselves and on their personal relationships. This workshop is a result of the presenter's significant PhD research and literature review.

  • The Value of Existential Pain: An Opportunity to Focus on What Is Really Important (Sunday, June 25th, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM) -- Workshop presented by Fred Grewe -- Description: Over the past eleven years as a hospital / hospice chaplain I have travelled with about 1,300 folks who were dying and the most significant issue encountered in these patients causing distress is a loss of meaning at life's end. This workshop is a presentation combining the learning from these inspiring people and studies for a doctoral degree on how to address existential distress at life's end. The presentation will utilize storytelling, reflection from the current literature, and interaction with class members.

  • Finding Your Swim Lane from the Deep End of the Pool (Sunday, June 25th, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM) -- Professional Development Initiatives presented by Susan D. Douglas -- Description: Feeling like you've been thrown in the deep end of the pool? Being the best pastoral care provider in the world does not necessarily guarantee you will be successful as a workplace chaplain. Knowledge of how to operate in a work environment, align with the organization's mission, values and goals, build business relationships, gather and analyze data, demonstrate the value of your work, and influence change is also important. This workshop provides a lively and interesting exploration of the chaplain's unique role in the workplace and how you can transform your working environment.


9.   Caring for the Human Spirit Conference: Plenaries and Workshops Emphasizing Research

The fourth annual Caring for the Human Spirit Conference, sponsored by the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network will beheld March 13-15, 2017 in Chicago, IL. Research will figure into plenary sessions and workshops. The following are listed in chronological order.

  • The Role of the Chaplain in Medical Decision-Making (Monday, March 13th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM) --Workshop presented by M. Jeanne Wirspa and Rebecca Johnson -- Description: A new study shows that there is a need to explore how chaplains are involved in medical decision-making with adult patients and their families who are dealing with a serious or life-limiting illness. This workshop will present preliminary findings of this study and offer best practices for professional chaplaincy as well as future research to solicit the perspectives of patients, families, and other members of the health care team. Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to: 1) discuss the concept of patient-centered care and current models of shared decision-making as well as the current state of research in this area, 2) draw upon preliminary research results to identify how chaplains perceive themselves to contribute to medical decision-making with patients and families facing serious or life-limiting illness, and 3) explore models for shared decision-making that account for the unique role of chaplains in promoting patient centered care

  • Patient Experience: A Movement of Spirit at the Heart of Health Care (Tuesday, March 14th, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM) -- Plenary Session presented by Jason A. Wolf -- Description: In acknowledging healthcare is fundamentally about human beings caring or human beings, how do we ensure a comprehensive view of experience in healthcare in consideration of mind, body and spirit? Explore the essence of patient experience, its definition and the impact it has in healthcare today. Through the latest State of Patient Experience research, perspectives on where patient experience is headed and reflecting on the recent collaborative effort between The Beryl Institute and HCCN, The Critical Role of Spirituality in Patient Experience, participants will be challenged to expand their view of patient experience and will gain insights they can use to inspire the work of their own organizations. Upon completion..., you will be able to: 1) discuss the definition of patient experience, what it encompasses and the outcomes it impacts in healthcare today; 2) review patient experience trends and key practices on integrating spiritual care into healthcare experience; and 3) describe core guiding principles and central actions to help lead the patient experience movement.

  • A Compassionate Practice Toward a Patient-Orientated and Clinically Relevant-Evidence Based Approach (Tuesday, March 14th, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM) -- Plenary Session presented by Shane Sinclair -- Description: Compassion--patients and families want it, health care providers desire to provide it and recent health care failures have highlighted the detrimental effect that occurs when it is lacking--including increased adverse patient events, patient complaints, decreased quality of care ratings, and poorer health outcomes. Despite being reputed as the "heart of health care," a growing theory-practice gap has emerged between what patients want and their experiences of health care. While enhancing compassion in health care is the responsibility of all health care professions, compassion is a particularly concept within chaplaincy and may serve as indicator and outcome of quality spiritual care. The compassion model, a patient informed and clinically relevant empirical model, provides a foundation for research, education and practice to guide chaplains and health care providers to advance the field of compassionate care. This session will address what is compassion, what is the current state of the health care literature on compassion, what are the key dimensions of compassionate care and how are these similar or different to related concepts of empathy and sympathy, and learn about the importance of compassion to spiritual care and the unique role that chaplains might play in this endeavor. Upon completion..., you will be able to: 1) highlight the historical background and current state of compassion in health care, 2) explain the results and key dimensions of a patient informed study to develop an empirical model of compassionate care, 3) differentiate between patients understandings, experiences and preferences for sympathy, empathy and compassion; and 4) discuss the role of spirituality and spiritual care providers in enhancing compassionate care within health care

  • Providing Spiritual Care According to Disease Process (Tuesday, March 14th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM) -- Workshop presented by Rich Behers -- Description: Providing spiritual care according to disease process is an attempt to bring awareness that spiritual care is a multidimensional endeavor. Gone are the days of cookie-cutter spiritual support. This workshop through research, insight is clearly available to all chaplains to provide the utmost in spiritual support to patients suffering from their disease process. Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to: 1) receive insight through research findings that there is no cookie-cutter spiritual care model, 2) explore typical disease processes and from research gain insight how best to provide spiritual support for these patients, and 3) replicate this approach in your own places of service.

  • Lending an Ear, Changing a Life: The UIHC Debriefing Program (Wednesday, March 15th, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM) -- Workshop presented by Jeremy Hudson and Noelle K. Andrew -- Description: This workshop will educate participants about the debriefing team at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic (UIHC), and research involving spiritual care services at UIHC, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and University of Queensland. A comparative effectiveness study of two early interventions--Response, Resiliency, Resources (RRR), and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, CISD) to reduce stress among health care workers from UIHC involved in direct patient care is being conducted. RRR is a form of psychological first aid that was designed by Chaplain Jeremy Hudson after consultation with Drs. Kenardy (University of Queensland) and Ramirez (University of Iowa College of Public Health). Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to: 1) define and describe the impact of stress on workers in health care, 2) discuss the principles and applications of Response, Resiliency Resources, (RRR) intervention and the outcomes of the project, 3) examine the importance of building key relationships and identify allies within an organization to partner with for research.

  • Meaning Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Caregivers (Wednesday, March 15th, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM) --Workshop presented by Allison Applebaum, Rachel Cannady and Katherine Sharpe -- Description: This workshop will provide an overview of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP‐C) and share information from the study, including how cancer caregivers find meaning in their caregiving experience, potential areas of growth, including an understanding of the context that shapes the experience of providing care, and the need for self‐care and reconnecting to valued sources of meaning. Resources to assist caregivers in care provision will also be presented. Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to: 1) describe caregiver quality of life and unmet needs, 2) examine the existential issues facing cancer survivors, and 3) express knowledge of American Cancer Society (ACS) resources for cancer caregivers, including targeted interventions such as MCP-C, in helping to reduce caregiver burden.


10.  International Study of Chaplains' Attitudes about Research

In connection with an international project* to promote research among chaplains, a group of leaders in the field have conducted the "first worldwide survey" [article p. 41] "to obtain a snapshot of research and engagement of activities and attitudes about research within the international chaplain community" [article p. 36]. Email invitations to complete an online survey were sent to approximately 15,000 chaplains through their professional chaplaincy organizations:

  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (USA)
  • Association of Professional Chaplains (USA)
  • Canadian Association for Spiritual Care;
  • College of Health Care Chaplains (UK);
  • Dutch Association of Spiritual Caregivers in Care Settings;
  • Health Care Chaplaincy Network (USA);
  • National Association of Catholic Chaplains (USA);
  • Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (USA);
  • New Zealand Healthcare Chaplains Association;
  • Pediatric Chaplains’ Network (USA);
  • Professional Chaplaincy Advisors England;
  • Spiritual Care Australia;
  • plus chaplains associated with the former Scottish Association of Chaplains in Health Care
A total of 2,092 chaplains responded from 23 countries. Findings are presented in:

Snowden, A., Fitchett, G., Grossoehme, D. H., Handzo, G., Kelly, E., King, S. D., Telfer, I., Tan, H. and Flannelly, K. J. "International Study of Chaplains' Attitudes about Research." Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 23, no. 1 (January-March 2017): 34-43. [(From the abstract:) Over 80% thought research was definitely important and nearly 70% thought chaplains should definitely be research literate. Just over 40% said they regularly read research articles and almost 60% said they occasionally did. The respondents rated their own research literacy as 6.5 on a 0-10 scale. Significant positive inter-correlations were found among all four measures: importance of (a) research and (b) research literacy; (c) frequency of reading articles; and (d) research literacy rating. Approximately 35% were never involved, 37% had been involved, 17% were currently involved, and 11% expected to be involved in research. The last three groups were significantly more likely to think research and research literacy were important and to read research articles than chaplains who were never involved in research. Given chaplains' interest in research, actions should be undertaken to facilitate further research engagement.]

The authors conclude that the results "suggest that the most salient action to facilitate further research engagement would be to systematically involve as many chaplains as possible in research education, regardless of country of origin, age or level of education"; and "[t]his involvement should be consistent with the level of current experience of the chaplain" [p. 40]. While the response rate to the survey was approximately 14%, the positive responses "suggest that chaplains now appear ready for a research agenda" [p. 41].

*Note: This international study collaboration grew out of the Joint Research Council project of the Association of Professional Chaplains, which we highlighted in our Fall 2014 Newsletter.


11.  First Chaplaincy Research Summer Institute, July 24-28, 2017

The first Chaplaincy Research Summer Institute (CRSI) will be held July 24-28, 2017 at the Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, as part of the ongoing Transforming Chaplaincy project. The purpose of CRSI is to equip chaplains with skills in a short-term intensive format, so as to be able to undertake simple but important research and quality improvement projects and to collaborate on research projects with non-chaplain investigators. The course will provide an introduction to the research process, to various methods relevant for chaplaincy research, and to important examples of existing chaplaincy-related studies. Among the activities will be small group work to develop research questions and proposals. Participants will also have the opportunity for a subsequent monthly check-in as they continue to develop and refine individual projects in their home contexts. The program will be limited to 20 persons. Applicants must be working or otherwise engaged as a chaplain, or providing consultation to chaplains, in a health-related context (hospital, clinic, hospice, long-term care). Detailed information, including faculty and schedule, is available through the Transforming Chaplaincy website.


12.  GWISH Spirituality and Health Summer Institute, July 10-13, 2017

The the George Washington Institute for Spiritualty and Health will hold its 9th annual Spirituality and Health Summer Institute on July 10-13, 2017, at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. The program is intended for chaplains, physicians, nurses, social workers, and "everyone working for a better healthcare environment for patients, families, and colleagues" and will "address spirituality as a solution to the current challenges in our healthcare system" [--from the GWISH website]. The curriculum will cover the state of the science in spirituality & health, the role of interdisciplinary teams in the development of a biopsychosocialspiritual treatment/care plan, communication, education with reflection and compassion, and leadership and networking. "Learning [will be] both didactic and experiential, including large- and small-group case-based discussions, treatment/care plan development by interdisciplinary teams with standardized patients, and time for personal reflection" [ibid.]. There will also be a precourse on the morning of the first day of the Institute, recommended for new participants, that will introduce the interprofessional spiritual care model upon which the Institute is organized. More information, including faculty, is available through the GWISH website.


13.  Duke Spirituality and Health Workshop, August 14-18, 2017

For the fourteenth year, the Duke Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, in Durham, NC, will hold its five-day research-oriented summer workshop, August 14-18, 2017, hosted by Dr. Harold G. Koenig. The event is recognized by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) as an educational event providing 30.5 hours of continuing education that can be applied to the educational hours required by the Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc. Tuition discounts are available. Enrollment will be limited to approximately 30-35 participants. The program works out of material from a 12-month post-doctoral fellowship at Duke and is appropriate for researchers early in their career and for seasoned researchers wishing to shift their work into spirituality and health, as well as for any individuals generally interested in the field. Details, including the schedule and faculty, is available at the Workshop website.

Network members may be especially interested in the workshop's recommended preparatory reading list and a listing of previous workshop participants, with biosketches (--see at the bottom of the Overview web page).


14.  EQUATOR Network: Online Resource for Research Reporting Guidelines

The EQUATOR [Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency of Health Research] Network (, provides an online resource for over 350 research reporting guidelines, each profiled with basic information and in most cases links to source materials. For example, the COREQ guideline for qualitative research, was referenced in our February 2017 Article-of-the-Month. The site is hosted by the EQUATOR Centre at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), University of Oxford. The overall project focuses broadly on research reporting and "brings together researchers, medical journal editors, peer reviewers, developers of reporting guidelines, research funding bodies and other collaborators with mutual interest in improving the quality of research publications and of research itself" [--from the website]. For a brief explanation of EQUATOR, see a 2015 interview with Centre's Deputy Director.


15.  John Templeton Foundation Online Funding Inquiry

The John Templeton Foundation is a source for both small grants (less than $217,400) and large grants (greater than $217,400) relating to the organization's Core Funding Areas. The Foundation has long funded a variety of projects related to spirituality & health, including a major initiative in the 1990s to encourage curricula on spirituality in medical schools, and chaplains may be aware that it supported the publication of the recent book, An Invitation to Chaplaincy Research: Entering the Process. The deadline for the current finding cycle is August 31, 2017. Full information is available on the Templeton website, under the Grantmaking Process section.

For information on past and current grants, see the foundation's newly revised Grant Database webpage. [Search for the term spiritual for a narrowed list.] Click on a grant title to see details.


16.  Catholic Health World Article: "Strengthen Chaplaincy Research to Improve Spiritual Care"

The February 15, 2017 issue of Catholic Health World, a publication of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), contains the article, "Strengthen Chaplaincy Research to Improve Spiritual Care" (available freely online). This is an interview with George Fitchett, covering basic points about the importance of research and may serve as a good introduction for those unfamiliar with activity in our field. It may be especially useful in promoting chaplaincy research in Catholic healthcare, but matters of research literacy, patient satisfaction, quality improvement, spiritual assessment, and the need for chaplains to have time to engage in research all are applicable to a broader context. Our Research Network in mentioned in the article.


17.  Harvard Magazine Article: "Connecting Body and Soul"

The article, "Connecting Body and Soul," appears in the John Harvard's Journal section of the January-February issue of Harvard Magazine [vol. 119, no. 3, pp. 29-30; and available online as a separate piece], highlighting the research of Tracy A. Balboni, Michael Balboni, and Tyler J. VanderWeele, plus the work of Harvard's Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality. This is a brief and popular article, but it provides a picture of how spirituality & health research is playing out at such a major university. As Tracy Balboni is quoted: "It's encouraging to see the growing recognition, at Harvard and other academic institutions...." For more on the Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality, see our Winter-Spring 2016 Newsletter, item #9. Research by the Balbonis and/or VanderWeele has been featured in our Articles-of-the-Month for May 2015, October 2014, May 2013, June 2011, and January 2010.


18.  Research Items from the ACPE's Newsletters and Monday Morning Briefings

Research now figures regularly into the ACPE's monthly Newsletters and the Monday Briefings emails to organization members. See, for instance, the following recent items:

  • Study of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care funded by NIH (from the January 2017 Newsletter) --announces a $3,000,000 grant by the National Cancer Institute and National Institute for Nursing Research for a 5-year, multisite study: "Dignity Therapy RCT led by Nurses or Chaplains for Elderly Cancer Outpatients." The principal investigators are Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Florida), Linda Emanuel, MD (Northwestern University) and George Fitchett, PhD (Rush University Medical Center). Co-investigators include Yingwei Yao, PhD (University of Florida) and the Reverend George Handzo (Health Care Chaplaincy Network); and study site directors will be: Lucas Beerepoot, MD (University of Florida), Tammie Quest, MD (Emory University), Marvin Delgado Guay, MD (MD Anderson Cancer Center), Joshua Hauser, MD (Northwestern University), Sean O'Mahony, MD (Rush University Medical Center), and Michael Rabow, MD (University of California, San Francisco). "The research team will study 560 elderly patients through six outpatient palliative care facilities across the United States." "The goal of the five-year study is to improve spiritual care outcomes for elderly patients receiving palliative care and facing a cancer diagnosis by optimizing a nurse-led or chaplain-led intervention focused on patient dignity." "This is one of the first times the National Institute of Health has funded a study that includes a chaplain-led spiritual care intervention." [--from the Newsletter]

  • Research Informed CPE: Transforming Indeed! (from the December 2016 Newsletter) –a commentary by Judith Ragsdale, Judith R. Ragsdale, PhD, ACPE Supervisor, on research in the ACPE and its importance for her personally and at her institution, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. [Note: In relation to the author’s work, see especially our April 2016 Article-of-the-Month.]

  • A Call for Spiritual Care Research Volunteers (from the January 9, 2017 ACPE Briefing email from ACPE Executive Director Trace Haythorn) -- "U.S. healthcare pay-for-performance necessitates objectification of the results of clinical pastoral/spiritual care in order to provide demonstrable, replicable, evidence based best practices resulting in desired outcomes. Toward that end a content analysis of the 83 spiritual care case vignettes in The Pastoral Caregiver's Casebook, Volume One (Judson, 2015) identified and italicized words and phrases suggesting effectiveness. The most effective five cases (six or more words and/or phrases indicating effectiveness) underwent a more thorough analysis. A generic evidence based spiritual care best practice protocol toward replication of multiple instances of effectiveness was constructed from the material in the five vignettes indicating greatest effectiveness. It is hypothesized that when this generic evidence based spiritual care best practice protocol is used by a similar number of experienced spiritual caregivers and clinical pastoral education students, a significantly higher ratio of effective results will be obtained when compared to the original 83 case vignettes. Participants in this next research group-experienced spiritual caregivers and students alike-will emulate the qualities of the above mentioned five most effective caregivers while following a six-step procedure in their interventions for the study. A minimum of 80 chaplains, community clergy, lay volunteers, and/or CPE students is needed. Your help will be most appreciated! Contact Rev. John (Jack) Gleason, DMin, BCC (retired), ACPE Supervisor Emeritus, at to ask questions and sign up. If you are a CPE Supervisor, please so indicate in your response."


19.  Call for Papers from the American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association has issued a general call for papers for its journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice: "we are encouraging submissions that focus on spirituality across a broad range of related subfields reflecting both basic and intervention sciences: psychology, medicine, integrative medicine, biology, neuroscience, ethnology, and anthropology." The journal, which was begun in 2013, "encompasses spiritually-oriented psychotherapy and spirituality-sensitive cultural approaches to treatment and wellness...[and] dedicated to integrating psychospiritual and other spiritually-oriented interventions involved in psychotherapy, consultation, coaching, health, and wellness." See the APA website for more information.



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