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.
(updated December 9, 2013):
- Support the Research Network by using our Membership Form.
- 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.
- Opportunity: Open Position for Director of Spiritual Care & ACPE Program at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medicine: Seattle, WA. DESCRIPTION: As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and serves a mission population for King County. Our institution is a great place for a research-interested supervisor, with opportunities to collaborate with physicians on projects. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The CPE Program has an educational placement at the University of Washington Medical Center. REQUIREMENTS: Full certification as Supervisor by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Minimum five years of experience in pastoral care in healthcare setting. Three years of management/leadership experience. Experience working with vulnerable populations and diverse communities, academic and/or public hospital settings highly desired. For questions contact Sean Doll O’Mahoney at email@example.com or Maria Kim (recruiter) at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for req# 97446, visit www.uw.edu/jobs/hmc. EO/AA Employer.
- The December Article-of-the-Month looks at a "Spiritual Fitness" measure by the US Army and examines the use of transcendent language for atheists and the potential value of avoiding transcendent language in such an instrument for Christians. Also, note that the November AoM is a study of how beliefs about control over length of life and end-of-life values may influence advance care planning. This includes beliefs about "Gid control" and "natural death."
- The Fall Newsletter includes news of a Rand Corporation report about "spiritual fitness," the availability of presentations from a conference on "Interdisciplinary Applications from Spirituality & Health Research," and a new journal on Spirituality in Clinical Practice; plus: a note of a CPE research project at St. Luke's Hospital (Kansas City, MO) that models the potential of residents working together as a research team, communications from two research authors of recent Articles-of-the-Month, and a new feature, "Five Questions I’d Like to Know More About through Research." Note, too, that the Spring-Summer edition included reports of research by ACPE supervisors on student self-perception of Level 1 student outcomes and on interdisciplinary education, by CPE residents at Virginia Commonwealth University on organizational culture, as well as a reflection on research by a newly certified supervisor.
- At our spring Network meeting, Diane Dodd-McCue announced a forthcoming article identifying and examining the core journal literature sources for health care chaplaincy. That article is now published as: Johnson, E., Dodd-McCue, D., Tartaglia, A. and McDaniel, J., "Mapping the literature of health care chaplaincy," Journal of the Medical Library Association 101, no. 3 (July 2013): 199-204. It is available freely online through PubMed Central.
- The latest annotated bibliography of Medline-indexed articles on spirituality & health, from the Pastoral Care Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, is available as a searchable PDF via www.uphs.upenn.edu/pastoral/resed/bibindex.html. The bibliography for articles published last year includes 325 entries.
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