The ACPE Research Network

The ACPE Research Network seeks to foster connections among members of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education interested in research, encourage original research, and raise awareness about published research (e.g., in the health care literature and the education literature) related to spirituality, pastoral care, and Clinical Pastoral Education.

  GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS (updated July 15, 2014):

  • The Rush Research Article Summary Outline, a resource used by George Fitchett and Patricia Murphy in teaching research literacy, is now available as a PDF and Word document. It has also been added to our page of resources for Incorporating Research into CPE.
  • The Summer 2014 issue (vol. 12, no. 3) of the Newsletter includes a message from the ACPE Executive Director, a report of research by chaplains from Yale-New Haven Hospital, a "call to action" by the European Network of Healthcare Chaplaincyand a study, a link to COMISS surveys about research publications in specialized ministry, suggestions by Steve Overall, news of a new Spiritual Assessment and Spiritual Injury App, and notes of new journals and articles of interest not previously cited on our website. The Winter-Spring issue includes: a description of how research is integrated into the CPE curriculum at Saint Luke’s Health System CPE Program in Kansas City, a note of a recent Pew Research survey on "Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments," a link to a new study involving music therapists and chaplains, and news of the Muslim Chaplains Research Project in the UK.
  • The July Article-of-the-Month is a 5-year study of health outcomes of adolescents with cystic fibrosis. Also note that the June AoM is a report of the January 2013 international conference in Geneva, Switzerland: On Improving the Spiritual Dimension of Whole Person Care: The Transformational Role of Compassion, Love, and Forgiveness in Health Care. The authors present the conference's consensus definition of spirituality, Standards for Spiritual Care, and recommendations regarding research, clinical care, education, policy/advocacy, communication, and community involvement.
  • The "Knowledge Base of Spiritual Care Samples" which has been developed through the Spiritual Care Initiative for Professional Excellence [formerly the Ideal Intervention Paper (IIP) Project], is now in the process of being printed as a four volume set by Judson Press. For the latest information, see the revised SCIPE page.
  • Support the Research Network by using our Membership Form.



Materials from the workshop, "Teaching Research Literacy in CPE: Current Models and Practical Options" (presented at the 2013 national ACPE conference):

Also, see the sample of program syllabi for Model Practices for Teaching Research in Clinical Pastoral Education, and other resources from our section on Incorporating Research into CPE (including a presentation about the Spiritual Pathways Project, by Paul Derrickson and Angie van Hise, mentioned during the workshop).


  • Internet addresses often change, and one of the challenges of maintaining a site like ours is to keep all of the links on our many pages updated. Members, please e-mail if you encounter difficulties with linked sites.

If you are a first-time visitor, please also note:

This web site became operational on September 1, 2002. It will continue to evolve in response to suggestions from Network members. To submit suggestions, please directly e-mail the Network's convener at All member correspondence is confirmed by return e-mail.

For the web site of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, click here.


  Contact:  Chaplain John Ehman (Network Convener) at
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