Transforming Chaplaincy is a think tank with a mission to promote research literacy in chaplaincy to improve patient outcomes.

By integrating contemporary scholarship into ongoing practice, chaplains can provide better care, educators can prepare chaplains to be more effective in their work, and healthcare administrators and professionals can drive effective institutional change. Our resources give these groups the tools they need to transform chaplaincy in their institutions.

Spiritual Care for the 21st Century
An International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Telechaplaincy

October 19-20; 10:00AM-2:00PM (EST)

Join our colleagues at the University of Zurich on October 19th and 20th for this conference on telechaplaincy.  We will hear from over 20 spiritual care providers, managers & community leaders on how they thrive in increasingly digital healthcare environments.


Describing the Goals of Chaplaincy

Friday, October 14th @ 12:00PM (EST) / 11:00AM (CST) 

How would you describe the goals of chaplaincy? In this webinar we will discuss a recent study about goals of chaplaincy by Anja Visser and colleagues (see citation below). In their study they examined statements about chaplaincy in the Dutch chaplaincy literature and found six goals. They argue that being clear about the goals of chaplaincy is a prerequisite for further research about chaplaincy outcomes. The webinar will include a summary of the study by Dr Visser and discussion of its implications by a panel of North American chaplains and chaplaincy educators.

Anja Visser-Nieraeth, PhD, Assistant Professor Spiritual Care, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

Allison Kestenbaum, MA, MPA, BCC-PCHAC, ACPE Supervisor, Supervisor of Spiritual Care Services and Clinical Pastoral Education, University of California San Diego Health, San Diego, California

Simon Lasair, PhD, CASC/ACSS Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner, Robert Steane Holistic Research Chair and Visiting Researcher/Research Associate, St. Thomas More College, St. Paul’s Hospital on Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Pamela McCarroll, PhD is Vice Principal and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Emmanuel College in the University of Toronto. She is a certified Supervisor-Educator (CPE) with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) and a Registered Psychotherapist in the Province of Ontario

Kathryn Lyndes, PhD, Assistant Professor, St Mary’s College, South Bend, Indiana, and co-convener of Transforming Chaplaincy’s Elder Care Research Network.

Visser A, Damen A, Schuhmann C. Goals of chaplaincy care: a scoping review of Dutch literature. J Health Care Chaplain. 2022 Jun 19:1-20. doi:10.1080/08854726.2022.2080964. Epub ahead of print. (Free access to the article is available to members of APC and ACPE through their organizations’ website.)

Spirituality in serious illness and health.”

We’re proud to feature the Article of the Month from ACPE Research. We’re grateful to editor John Ehman for sharing his work here and encourage you to take advantage of this valuable resource.