The ACPE Research Network

The ACPE Research Network seeks to foster connections among ACPE Educators and Spiritual Care Professionals 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.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS  (updated February 14, 2018)

  • The February Article-of-the-Month is a meta-ethnographic review of the role of silence in patient care, from research and published insights of chaplains, nurses, and psychotherapists/counselors.  --Also note: the January Article-of-the-Month reports a study of how hospice chaplains handle patients'/families' stereotypes and preconceptions of their role, with helpful insights for chaplains in other contexts.
  • 2018 Chaplaincy Research Summer Institute registration is now open for the July 23-27, 2018 program at the Boston University School of Theology (Boston, MA). The CSRI is for chaplains who are looking to develop modest projects to advance their understanding of chaplaincy-related issues and practices or who are interested in leading quality improvement projects. News items about the CRSI were part of our Fall 2017 Network Newsletter, including a personal story of a participant. More information is available from the Transforming Chaplaincy website. Registration will be limited to 30.
  • Call for Poster Proposals for the 2018 APC/NACC Joint Conference -- Deadline: March 16, 2018 -- Posters may present "results of research, research-in-progress reports, summaries of innovations or initiatives, literature reviews or other highlights from any spiritual-care department, CPE program, research institute or pastoral-counseling center" The conference will be held in Anaheim, CA, July 12-15. For full information see the conference website.
  • Train-the-Trainer Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC), Summer 2018 -- Deadline: April 2, 2018 -- The George Washington Institute for spirituality and health (GWish), in partnership with City of Hope, and the Fetzer Institute have developed a theoretically and research-grounded curriculum for teaching interprofessional spiritual care. "The ISPEC curriculum is appropriate for interprofessional pairs of clinicians (e.g., physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and other professions) and chaplains, and will prepare them to attend to patients’ spiritual needs and resources as an integral part of their practice." Participants will be selected through a highly competitive application review process. The event will be held July 10-12, 2018, at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, DC. Full information is available from the GWish website.
  • Webinar Series from Transforming Chaplaincy, Advancing Chaplaincy: Learning to Think and Act Strategically, continues with sessions on "Return on Investment" (April 2, 2018) and "Challenges in Healthcare Delivery and Implications for Spiritual Care" (May17, 2018). Registration (limited) is available through the ACPE website.
  • The Transforming Chaplaincy News page has quickly grown into a fine source for coverage of research-related happenings in the world of chaplaincy, in addition to their periodic Newsletter, Twitter feed, and Facebook page. Network members are encouraged to check the site regularly.


CURRENT NETWORK NEWSLETTER ITEMS     [--The new-format 2018 Newsletter will be posted by early March]
Vol. 16. No. 1 (Fall 2017)
  • Convener's Report on the Future of the Research Network and Its Website, by John Ehman
  • New Website from the Transforming Chaplaincy Project
  • Invitation to a Research Community of Practice
  • Chaplain Researcher Saneta Maiko at Indiana University Health, by Beth Newton Watson
  • 2018 Chaplaincy Summer Research Institute
  • CSRI --A Personal Story, by Jennifer M. Jarvis
  • Transforming Chaplaincy Curriculum Grant Recipient Report from David Hormenoo, Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC
  • Transforming Chaplaincy Curriculum Grant Recipient Report from Michael Doane, Fairview CPE Center and Health System, Minneapolis, MN
  • Transforming Chaplaincy Curriculum Grant Recipient Report from Michelle Oberwise-Lacock, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI (metropolitan area)
  • Review of Recent Progress in Chaplaincy-Related Research
  • 2018 Muslim Mental Health Conference in Washington, DC
  • 2018 European/British Joint Conference on Spirituality and Health



Transforming Chaplaincy ( --
The revised Transforming Chaplaincy website launched on November 16, 2017, reflecting its expanded function as an international hub for information about chaplaincy research, including a very informative newsletter.
Rush Research Article Summary Outline --
This PDF resource (also available as a Word document) is used by George Fitchett and Patricia Murphy in teaching research literacy.
Annual Annotated Bibliographies of Medline-Indexed Articles on Spirituality & Health --
From John Ehman at the Penn Medicine Department of Pastoral Care. The bibliographies are issued in the late spring for articles published during the previous year.
An Invitation to Chaplaincy Research: Entering the Process --
This resource for chaplains new to research is edited by Myers, G. E with Roberts, S. (2014), is an excellent resource and is available freely through the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, which produced the it with support from the John Templeton Foundation.
European Research Institute for Chaplains in Healthcare --
The ERICH is an initiative of the European Network of Healthcare Chaplains (ENHCC) and is hosted by the Academic Centre for Practical Theology (ACPT) in KU Leuven, Belgium.
Spiritual Health Victoria's Review of Literature --
This 88-page 80 pp. resource speaks to how spiritual care is provided by chaplains. It addresses spiritual care interventions and outcomes, how spiritual care is measured and reported, and the relationship between spiritual care providers and other healthcare staff. Though created as part of a project with La Trobe University, with Australian chaplaincy especially in mind, it is broadly relevant. It is linked to the Research page of the Spiritual Health Victoria website.
"Knowledge Base of Spiritual Care Samples" --
This collection of 395 samples of best practice interventions was developed through the Spiritual Care Initiative for Professional Excellence< [formerly the Ideal Intervention Paper (IIP) Project] and posted on our site until 2012. It is now available in print as a four volume set from Judson Press: The Pastoral Caregiver's Casebook series, edited by John J. Gleason.
Some Network members have asked for personal email notifications of new posting to our Network site --
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