Transforming Chaplaincy is directly involved in cultivating new cohorts of research-literate chaplains. Two online courses will be offered in Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023

The main goal of these courses is to build research literacy skills: reading and applying research articles to the important work chaplains do as front-line healthcare providers in religion and spirituality. The aims of these courses include enabling participants to articulate the rationale for chaplaincy as an evidence-based profession; identifying and accessing research literature related to spirituality, religion, and health; critically reading and evaluating current research related to chaplaincy practice; and identifying ways of applying research to current practice.
RL 101
Research Literacy 101:  An Introduction for Chaplains
5 weeks


  • to understand evidence-based spiritual care and its rationale

  • to provide an overview of spiritual care research,

  • to help see that all research is not equal and

  • to receive resources for research literacy

Knowledge: Participants will be introduced to the…
Evidence-based perspective for chaplaincy care
Print resources on chaplaincy research
Online resources on chaplaincy research
Major research methodologies – quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method
Hierarchy of research for evaluation
Components of a scientific manuscript
Tools to summarize a research article

Skills: Participants will…
Create case-study content
Access and search peer-reviewed literature
Interpret and evaluate research
Summarize and present on a research study and findings

5 hours/week

For much of the course, participants can complete their course work at a time convenient for them (asynchronous). This five (5) week long course wraps up with a 2-hour live session.

No prerequisite

Winter 2023 Session
Wed., January 4, 2023, concludes Wed., February 1, 2023
Spring 2023 Session
Wed., March 8, 2023, concludes Wed., April 5, 2023
Summer 2023 Session
Wed., May 31, 2023, concludes Wed., June 28, 2023
Fall 2023 Session
Wed., September 13, 2023, concludes Wed., October 11, 2023
Cost $300.
Early Bird Registration: $200 for participants enrolling 30 days prior to course commencement
To register for the Winter 2023 Session
To register for the Spring 2023 Session
To register for the Summer 2023 Session
To register for the Fall 2023 Session
RL 102*
Research Literacy 102: A Deeper Exploration for Chaplains
10 weeks


  • to conduct meaningful literature searches and locate research articles in chaplaincy-related area(s) of interest

  • to understand and interpret written and tabulated results in research articles

  • to evaluate the strength of study design and understand limitations

  • to apply research findings to chaplaincy practice, chaplaincy program development, and communication with healthcare colleagues and leaders

Knowledge: Participants will gain knowledge about…
Notable studies in spiritual care research
How qualitative and quantitative studies are reported
Critical evaluation of major research designs and methodologies
Research ethics and Institutional Review Boards
Tools to critique a research article

Skills: Participants will…
Identify articles of interest and locate available full text
Identify to what extent an article is generalizable to their setting
Interpret p-values and statistical significance
Determine structure of and chaplain involvement in local IRB
Identify specific application of course articles within your setting

5 hours/week (reading/videos/posting to discussion board)

Participants can complete their weekly course work at a time convenient for them (asynchronous). Time zone and country of residence are not impediments to participation.

Prerequisites (one of these 3)

  • Transforming Chaplaincy, Research Literacy 101 course.

  • Chaplaincy Research Summer Institute (CRSI) hosted by Transforming Chaplaincy

  • Transforming Chaplaincy’s online course, “Religion, Spirituality and Health: An Introduction to Research.” Taught by VCU faculty 2017-2019.

Fall, 2022 Session
Week of October 3, 2022, concluding week of December 11, 2022
Cost $600
Early Bird Registration: $300 for participants enrolling 30 days prior to course commencement
To register for the Fall 2022 Session
Spring, 2023 Session
Week of April 17, 2023, concluding week of June 25, 2023
Cost $600
Early Bird Registration: $300 for participants enrolling 30 days prior to course commencement
To register for the Spring 2023 session 
Both courses are asynchronous, with the exception of RL 101’s final session each cycle.  Courses are taught by Transforming Chaplaincy Research Fellows, aid in BCCI required research literacy preparation, and count toward research-related CE hours. For more information contact Andrew W. Andresco