ACPE Research Network Article of the Month
Transforming Chaplaincy is pleased to feature here the Article of the Month, produced by ACPE Research. Each month at least one article is discussed in detail; related resources are also recommended, as well as ways to incorporate this latest research into the classroom.
This months’ article is another qualitative inquiry into a very practical aspect of chaplaincy from Robert Klitzman and colleagues at Columbia University (New York), drawing on a sample of 23 chaplains from around the US. Findings indicate frequent difficulties in reading indirect and non-verbal cues from patients and families and a lack of structures for boundary setting, like time limit expectations, that seem to be more present in other disciplines. The authors express a concern about how stresses in this area may contribute to burnout.
Klitzman, R., Di Sapia Natarelli, G., Sinnappan, S., Garbuzova, E. and Al-Hashimi, J. “Exiting patients’ rooms and ending relationships: questions and challenges faced by hospital chaplains.” Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling (2023): online ahead of print, 1/3/23.
November: “‘My doctor says the cancer is worse, but I believe in miracles’ –when religious belief in miracles diminishes the impact of news of cancer progression on change in prognostic understanding.”