This series, hosted by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), is designed to help chaplains with no prior experience learn to read and understand research. It will also introduce research-literate chaplains to important research that will inform their chaplaincy practice and their ability to advocate for its benefits.

This APC-sponsored course is presented as five 60-minute webinar sessions from 1-2pm CDT. While there is a common theme for all the articles in the series, each session will be complete in itself, so participants may register for one, several or all five sessions. Visit the APC website for more information and to register.

Session 1 – February 5, 2021: “Utilizing a Novel Intervention: The Spiritual Legacy Document (SLD) for Patients with Advanced Diseases”

Session 2 – April 20, 2021: “The Chaplain Family Project: Development, Feasibility, and Acceptability of an Intervention to Improve Spiritual Care of Family Surrogates”

Session 3 – June 22, 2021: “What Characteristics of Physicians Lead to Empathy and Integrating Religion and Spirituality with Patient Care? Learning from a Survey of North American Muslim Physicians”

Session 4 – September 14, 2021:  “Current Chaplain Characteristics and Implications for Strategic Planning: A Conversation about Cultural Competence, Diversity, and Concordance”

Session 5 – November 9, 2021: “A Survey of the Research on Chaplaincy in the Time of COVID-19: Implications for the Future of Our Profession”

The series is designed to help chaplains with no prior experience learn to read and understand research. It will also introduce research-literate chaplains to important research that will inform their chaplaincy practice and their ability to advocate for its benefits.

The aims of the WJC are:

  • To provide participants with resources that can help them critically reflect upon and advance their chaplaincy practice.
  • To provide participants with resources that can help them advocate for the importance of chaplaincy care.
  • To help chaplains develop and maintain research literacy, including the ability to critically read research and where appropriate apply the findings in their professional practice.