Spiritual Care Research 101

A special introductory interview with Judith R. Ragsdale, M. Div., Ph.D, Sr. Director of Pastoral Care, Associate Professor, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH, Facilitator, Rick Underwood, M. Div., D. Min., M.S.

Certified chaplains are required to take CEUs in research.  Many outstanding clinical chaplains have not had training in reading and understanding empirical research much less training in how to conduct spiritual care research.  Because of this need, we have developed a two-part research process.  The first will include basic understanding of terms and strategies for finding, reading and understanding spiritual care and other medical research.  This three-week seminar will be an opportunity to read, reflect and share thoughts and questions about research in general and spiritual research in particular.

This seminar will serve as an introduction to Research 201 that will follow next month.  That seminar will include expert researchers from a variety of related fields and will provide an opportunity for the seminar group to actually design, conduct and write up results from a collaborative research project in spiritual care.   The 101 seminar is a prerequisite to participation in the 201 seminar.

Rick Underwood, D. Min. in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling, M.S. in Organizational Leadership and an adjunct faculty member in that department at the University of Louisville will facilitate both seminars.  His colleagues from the Organizational Leadership program at the University will join as resources for 201.


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