Advancing Spiritual Care Through Research

TC Fellow to present at ACPE annual conference in May

TC Fellow Saneta Maiko will present at May’s ACPE Annual Conference with Csaba Szilagyi, manager of spiritual care & chaplaincy services at Riley Children’s Hospital. The abstract for their poster, “Developing Research Literacy in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Chaplain Students: A Pilot Study,” is below. Congratulations, Saneta and Csaba!

Research evidence reveals a considerable gap between the high levels of endorsement of research literacy and evidence-based practice among chaplains and the extent to which chaplains engage and integrate research in a consistent manner (Fitchett et al., 2014; Snowden et al., 2017). Developing research literacy in the next generations of chaplains during Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a critical lever to transform spiritual care and chaplaincy into a research-informed profession. Studies have explored research literacy and attitudes about research and evidence-based practice in professional chaplains (Fitchett et al., 2014; Snowden et al., 2017) and program-level characteristics and models of research education in CPE (Fitchett et al., 2012; Tartaglia et al., 2013). However, this is the first study to investigate changes in CPE chaplain students by utilizing a multi-dimensional construct of research literacy.

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