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Model Practices for Teaching Research in Clinical Pastoral Education

 

A group of leading researchers in the ACPE -- Alexander Tartaglia, George Fitchett, Diane Dodd-McCue, Patricia Murphy, and Paul E. Derrickson [affiliations noted below*] -- have published "Teaching Research in Clinical Pastoral Education: A Survey of Model Practices" in the Journal of Pastoral Care and Education [vol. 67, no. 1 (2013): 5:1-14 (online journal page designation)]. This study was conducted in light of the APC's Standards of Practice for Acute and Long-Term Settings, including a standard which states, "The chaplain practices evidence-based care including ongoing evaluation of new practices and, when appropriate, contributes to or conducts research" [Standard #12]. Their project identified ACPE programs which offered "consistent and substantive" education about research to CPE residents.

In addition to the forthcoming article, the authors have made available to the Research Network the syllabi from three of the model programs (with permission from each program). Supervisors may find these well-developed plans for teaching research in the context of CPE to be useful when considering the various ways of incorporating research into the curricula.

SYLLABI FROM ACPE CENTERS:

Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Patient Counseling

Rush University Medical Center's Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's Office of Mission and Spiritual Care

Penn Medicine Department of Pastoral Care (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania)

 

See also this research group's earlier article, "Educating chaplains for research literacy: results of a national survey of Clinical Pastoral Education residency programs," featured as our April 2012 Article of the Month. That study formed the basis of the authors' workshop at the February 2012 national ACPE conference (Alexandria, VA) on , "Teaching Research in CPE Residency Programs," the slides from which are downloadable as PowerPoint or PDF files, along with a handout.

 

* Author affiliations:

Alexander Tartaglia, DMin
Senior Associate Dean and Katherine I. Lantz Professor
School of Allied Health Professions
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

George Fitchett, DMin, PhD
Professor and Director of Research
Department of Religion, Health and Human Values
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Diane Dodd-McCue, DBA
Associate Professor
Department of Patient Counseling
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

Patricia Murphy, PhD, BCC
Associate Professor
Department of Religion, Health and Human Values
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Paul E. Derrickson, MDiv
ACPE Supervisor
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

 


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