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 – September 25, 2018: “How does a chaplain’s use of ritual assist a Dutch military veteran with ‘moral injury’? Using case study research as an alternative methodology.”

Session 2 – November 13, 2018: :”How do palliative patients experience sympathy, empathy and compassion? Using grounded theory methodology.”

Session 3 – January 8, 2019: “How do patient-reported religious/spiritual concerns in an outpatient oncology setting correspond to patients’ acceptance of chaplain interventions? Using tele-chaplaincy as a novel approach.”

Session 4 – March 12, 2019: “How do parents of hospitalized children see chaplains?”

Session 5 – May 14, 2019: “How do chaplains document the care they provide? A qualitative study of EHR documentation in a nueroscience-spine ICU.”

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.