This page is a project of the CASC Research Committee.  It hopes to gather relevant and important Spiritual Care research and make it easily available for CASC members. 

To submit articles/resources for posting please contact the chair of the Research Committee:

Research Committee- Chair, Marvin Shank

MarvinShank     Phone: 519-452-3477


Research Resources

  1. ORERE SOURCE Website
    Check the last “item” in THE JOURNAL OF PASTORAL CARE for samples from the database that Noel Brown has developed. ORERE SOURCE SUBSCRIBERS receive a hard copy or e-mail digest of about 40 articles every two months and can contact Noel to do a search of his 20-year database at the following e-mail address.
    The ABSTRACTS began publication in 1963 and ceased publication in 1999. It will be available in some seminary libraries.
  3. ATLASerials
    See page 308 of the Fall 2001 issue of THE JOURNAL OF PASTORAL CARE.
    This is available in print and on CD from JPCPublns.
  5. Books by Larry Vandecreek
    Check the content and bibliographies/references in
    Pastoral Psychotherapy & Education Edmonton,
    Alberta, Canada

Other Resources



HealthCare Chaplaincy introduces Practical Bearings:
The Critical Bibliography Series for Health Care Chaplains –
A New and Useful Resource

“The Management of Care: Literature on Leadership and Organizational Development,” Issue 5 of the series Practical Bearings: The Critical Bibliography for Health Care Chaplains is now online at HealthCare Chaplaincy’s website: Author The Rev. Dr. Martin Montonye, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at HealthCare Chaplaincy, seeks both to inform and to stimulate dialogue within the pastoral care community: “A great deal has been written on the subject of leadership, but definitions and explanations vary widely.” With a reader feedback tool linked to the paper, he encourages reader’s responses as to what they believe are some of the strengths and challenges pastoral professionals face as leaders. He asks, “In light of the unique preparation and role of pastoral professionals, is there a distinct developmental process you must engage in to move from the bedside to the boardroom?” Practical Bearings offers thorough and current resources for pastoral educators and pastoral practitioners through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation and HealthCare Chaplaincy.

Issue 4 of the series Practical Bearings: The Critical Bibliography for Health Care Chaplains is now online at HealthCare Chaplaincy’s website:   In “Discerning Patient Needs: Spiritual Assessment Perspectives for Health Care Chaplains,” P. Scott Richards, Ph.D.,  Professor,Counseling Psychology and Special Education, Department of Education, Brigham Young University, provides an annotated bibliography of key texts on religious-spiritual assessment strategies and methods. Richards proposes that “chaplains can fulfill a crucial role in health care settings by making sure that patients’ spiritual beliefs and needs are carefully assessed and fully understood.” “Practical Bearings” offers the most thorough and current resources for pastoral educators and pastoral practitioners through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation and HealthCare Chaplaincy

Issue 3 of the series Practical Bearings: The Critical Bibliography for Health Care Chaplains is now online at HealthCare Chaplaincy’s website:   In “Meeting the Other: Interreligious Encounters in the Provision and Supervision of Spiritual Care,” Rev. Dagmar Grefe, Ph. D., Manager, Spiritual Care and Education, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, provides an annotated commentary and key texts that address interreligious spiritual care.  The literature listed in this series represents three avenues—theological, social-psychological, and spiritual care—to the understanding of what is going on when persons meet the religiously other at the bedside or in supervision.  “Practical Bearings” offers the most thorough and current resources for pastoral educators and pastoral practitioners through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation and HealthCare Chaplaincy.

For more information, please contact:

Rev. Dr. Leonard M. Hummel
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
61 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg, PA   17325
Office Phone: 717-338-3000, ext. 2157



New York, NY – February 11, 2009 – HealthCare Chaplaincy, with the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation, introduces Practical Bearings at, a series of bibliographies and critical reviews of the important books, articles and other publications on the theory and practice of pastoral care.

Practical Bearings will point professional chaplains to resources that will help them fulfill their mission in the evolving and complex world of health care,” says Rev. Dr. Leonard Hummel, editor-in-chief and director of supervised clinical ministry at Gettysburg Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He is a visiting scholar at HealthCare Chaplaincy.

HealthCare Chaplaincy plans at least six issues, each on a single topic. Each issue will contain:

  1. The rationale behind the key role that the topic plays in the profession of pastoral care
  2. A list of the three to five publications on that topic that are either most essential or most representative with a summary and comments on each
  3. Other publications of value

Practical Bearings will publish a new issue at the beginning of each month.

Among the issue topics will be:

  1. By Its Fruits: The Science of Health Care Chaplaincy
  2. Ministry Amidst Chance, Necessity, Love: Cancer and Health Care Chaplaincy
  3. The Management of Care: Literature on Leadership and Organizational Development
  4. The Comfort of Strangers: Trends in the History and Current Practice of Health Care
  5. To Want to Learn: Educational Theory for Supervision and Training

The series name Practical Bearings derives from the Pragmatic Maxim of the great philosophers Charles Sanders Peirce and William James who contended that all important ideas have consequences for life and living—that is, “practical bearings.”

“A basic premise underlying this series is that pastoral care in health care can, and should, and needs to make increasingly predictable and evidence based contributions to the holistic care of those who are suffering, and their care givers,” says Rev. George Handzo, BCC,  author of the first issue “By Its Fruits: The Science of Health Care Chaplaincy.” He is vice president for pastoral care leadership and practice at HealthCare Chaplaincy.

About HealthCare Chaplaincy:

HealthCare Chaplaincy is a progressive New York City-based nonprofit healthcare organization committed to advancing the profession of pastoral care. Building on nearly a half century of measurable achievements, the Chaplaincy is an acknowledged industry leader, both nationally and internationally, in multifaith pastoral care research, education, clinical practice, and consulting.   We partner with many leading academic medical centers, regional healthcare institutions, and community hospitals to provide patients, their loved ones, and staff with professional spirit-centered care and supportive counseling that promote integration and health.


Jim Siegel
Director of Marketing and Communications
HealthCare Chaplaincy 
Office: 212-644-1111 x141  
Cell 917-723-8537



I am writing as  the Editor of Reflective  Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry (formerly the Journal of Supervision and Training in  Ministry) to let you know that beginning with Volume 31, 2011, Reflective Practice will  be published electronically as an OPEN ACCESS journal FREE to anyone anywhere  in the world with internet access.  I hope that you will be willing to  circulate the attached paragraph among the members of CASC/ACSS.    Volumes 29 and 30 are aleady available in the archives and accessible through  the remarkable services of Simon Fraser University;
    Contributions  from Canadian authors are always welcome.  Since the journal changed its  name to Reflective Practice we  have had one Canadian author in each volume.  We could have more. 
    Thanks for your  attention to this.  Herbert Anderson, Editor


                                     Reflective  Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry
                                                                       Joins the Digital Age

The  Editorial Board of Reflective Practice is pleased to announce that  beginning with Volume 31, Reflective Practice will be published  electronically at  To fulfill our mission  as a global resource in formation and supervision for the next generation of  religious leaders around the globe, Reflective Practice will be an OPEN  ACCESS JOURNAL FREE to anyone anywhere in the world with internet access.   No registration is necessary.  Simply go to   You will find Volumes 29 and 30 are already online in the archives.   Volume 31 will be available online by May, 2011.  Printed copies of  Volume 31 and past or future volumes of Reflective Practice may be  ordered through the website


Research Articles

Research Priorities in Spiritual Care (2014)

Improving the Spiritual Dimension of Whole Person Care (2014)

Qualitative Research Designs (2007)

Submitted by Marion Magnusson, Winnipeg, MB



Magazine articles:

If You have links to Magazine articles that you have found helpful please send them along to the chair of the Research Comittee

It would be a great resource for other members.

The following links to Internet sites have been sent to the website by members. CASC/ACSS and its Board of Directors have no control over the content of these sites and do not necessarily agree with the views or opinions expressed therein.

Whatever Happened to “CPE” — Clinical Pastoral Education? by Robert Charles Powell, MD, PhD, keynote address honoring Anton Theophilus Boisen 3/18/99, Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the Ninth Plenary Meeting, of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy

Global views for Pastoral Care and Counselling: Post-modern, post-colonial, post-Christian, post-human, post-pastoral. by Dr Emmanuel Y. Lartey, address given at the 7th Asia-Pacific Congress on Pastoral Care and Counselling, Perth, Western Australia, 15th July 2001.
click on Materials
There is also one in this section by Robert Charles Powell, MD, PhD “Religion in Crisis and Custom” Also more at articles

Hearing the Patient’s  “Voice:” Toward a Social Poetics in Diagnostic Interviews by Arlene M. Katz, of the Dept. of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School,  and  John Shotter of the Dept. of Communication at university of New Hampshire. In Social Science and Medicine, 43, pp.919-931, also online at

“Supervised Pastoral Education: A Theologian’s Assessment,” Quodlibet Online Journal of Christian Theology and Philosophy (ISSN) 1526- 6575

Canadian Psychiatric Inpatient Religious Commitment:  An Association with Mental Health

Cross Currents



ARCHIVES of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry



Vol 36: How Do Adults Learn?

Learning is at the heart of what we do. How does learning occur?

What are the implication of adult education theory for the

distinct work of preparing religiousleaders?



Volume 35 – The Narrative Perspective

In recent decades, greater attention has been given

to the role and importance of story in a variety of disciplines.

Those who are repsonsible for the formation and supervision

of religious professionals resonate with this emphasis.

How do we employ story in the work of formation and supervision?



Volume 34 Cross-Culturality in Formation and Supervision

Responding to difference.

Situations of difference challenging Formation and Supervision.

Challenges and perspectives on education for ministry.


Bibliography CPE Supervision

Suggested reading for students who are enrolled in Supervisory CPE programs and who are preparing their theory papers.



Volume 33 Spirituality in Formation and Supervision

Symposium on Moral Injury and Spirituality

The Role of Spirituality in Formation and Supervision

Spirituality and Pastoral Counseling

Spiritual Practices in Formation and Supervision



Volume 32 Virtues In Formation and Supervision

A virtue is a disposition or character trait that is well enough established in its possessor so that it guides action.

In this sense, a virtue may be both a gift and an achievement.

A virtue is also universal and contextual.

The dispositions may be universal but the cultivation of a virtue is particular.



Volume 31 Formation and Supervision in a Digital Age

The theme “Formation and Supervision in a Digital Age” presents several perspectives exploring the impact of

information technology on living in general and ministry in particular. The digital revolution has created a new culture with

new language and seemingly infinite possibilities. Not only how we supervise will change but the people preparing for

religious leadership will be shaped by the technology itself.





Volume 30 Responsibility and Accountability in Formation and Supervision in Ministry

The theme explores dimensions of responsibility and accountability in formation and supervision

that certainly include but extend beyond a supervisory relationship. Supervision is a relational system that

depends on mutual responsibility, including the capacity to assess the effectiveness of the process.

Anyone engaged in forming or supervising future religious leaders is accountable to a range of

communities and institutions not present in the supervisory relationship.



Volume 29 Forming Religious Leaders In and For a Diverse World

No one questions the importance of addressing the challenge of diversity for both formation and supervision.

Attending to one’s social location has become a critical dimension of self-understanding for ministry.

Programs that expose ministry students, pastoral supervisors, and faculty to diverse cultural, ethnic, or religious settings

are standard in virtually every seminary and common fare at professional gatherings.

What must we learn about responding to religious and cultural difference in order to minister authentically in diverse contexts?



Volume 28 Formation and Supervision in the Presence of Fear

The theme for volume 28 is “Formation and Supervision in the Presence of Fear”.

We fear forces we can neither control nor comprehend.

For our time, those fears have been magnified and intensified.

Section I focuses on “Living with Fear Without Being Fearful”.

Section II focuses on “When Fear Complicates Ministry/Supervision.”

We look at ways in which fear enhances or impedes formation and supervision,

depending in part on how it is used.



Volume 27 Rethinking Formation, Supervision, and Ministry



Volume 26 Make Known the Way: Remembering and Rekindling Faith Practices for the Community



Volume 25 The Role of Theory in Supervision



Volume 24 Defining, Assessing, and Encouraging Supervisory Competence



Volume 23 Supervision in Light of September 11



Volume 22 Multiculturality in Student-Supervisor/Teacher Relationships



I am a documentary maker and hospice volunteer in Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve produced a short documentary about end-of-life decision making, palliative care, caregiving and hospice.

It’s called 203 Days. You can view it in its entirety at the following University of Connecticut website along with a study guide: It is an unflinching look at the day-to-day interactions between patient and caregiver, in this case an 89 year old woman who is living with her daughter.

203 Days has won the First Place 2007 Film Award from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). If you would like more information please go to my website:

I hope this film is helpful to people who want to know more about some of the most common experiences for caregiver and patient at this difficult time.

Bailey Barash
BBarash Productions, LLC
Phone: 404-373-8246
Fax: 586-816-2924
Cell: 678-358-2349
1875 McLendon Ave., NE
Atlanta, GA 30307


The “White Paper” has inspired the creation of a video that is a must for your Pastoral/ Spiritual Care Department. This tape will allow you to present the case for spiritual care to your administration, to your colleagues from other disciplines and to lay support teams. People (patients, administrators, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, community faith leaders) from a variety of different backgrounds speak about the value of spiritual care in the healing process. In a 2o minute presentation, spiritual care is shown to be vital, dynamic and an essential part of healthcare. A picture is worth a thousand words as you will see when you view Professional Chaplaincy in Healthcare: A Video to Complement the “White Paper” Order form