Diploma in Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Research Literacy

Clinical Pastoral Educators, Board Certified Chaplains, and Spiritual Care Providers often work in research-based care environments where they are increasingly asked to provide research-based practices that contribute to performance improvement in delivery of care.

The Diploma in Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Research Literacy is designed to equip chaplains, spiritual care providers and pastoral care educators who work in research-driven environments with the tools they need to:

  • Work alongside interdisciplinary colleagues to develop practices informed by scientific inquiry, and
  • Design and implement their own evidence-based research.

Diploma students will study alongside colleagues in the Doctor of Ministry program in the Chaplaincy/Spiritual care concentration in a professional learning community that is multi-faith, culturally competent, spiritually grounded, and pedagogically innovative.

Learning Objectives            
The curriculum is designed to foster interest and curiosity in professional chaplains about their own and others’ provision of spiritual and religious care that give rise to research inquiry and critical thinking.  Students will develop and master rigorous data collection methodologies appropriate for their ministry setting. Specific learning objectives include:

  • Identify methodological issues and terminology in spiritual care services evidenced-based research
  • Identify library and internet information sources
  • Review chaplaincy-related research that contributes to a research-informed approach to spiritual and religious care
  • Interpret existing research designs and evaluate their quality
  • Reflect theologically and critique the history of research
  • Utilize data employed by health care administrators in operational and strategic decisions
  • Apply performance improvement processes relating to clinical chaplaincy
  • Interpret data that contributes to addressing a specific research question or issue
  • Identify sources of data and data collection techniques
  • Understand and apply characteristics of measurement/data quality
  • Understand and apply IRB and HIPAA requirements for data collection

Apply by April 1, 2019 for the Fall 2019 Semester!

Program Requirements

The Diploma in Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Research Literacy requires 18 units.  Students take three required courses, one elective, and six units fulfilled through a field research project.

Hybrid Courses
Courses in the Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Research Literacy concentration will be taught in a hybrid format that includes both an online component and a 2-3 day meeting on campus.

Required Courses (9 units)
The three required courses provide a framework for evaluating existing research, understanding methods of data collection, quality, and usage that might be used within various chaplaincy contexts, and theological reflection on the history and politics of research.  They are:

  1. Action Research and Evidence-Based Research Methods
  2. Quantitative vs Qualitative Research Methods
  3. The Politics of Research: Ethical, Epistemological, and Ontological Issues

Elective Seminar (3 units)
Students will take 1 elective seminar, selecting from seminars offered in the Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care concentration and other program options within the DMin program, based on their particular professional needs and research interests.

Field Research Project (6 units)
It is envisioned that most students will design a field research project through the work in the required core courses, that includes gathering data on a student-defined research question and presenting the results in a final paper.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Diploma in Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care Research Literacy

  • MDiv degree or equivalent (e.g., other master’s degree in theology or religious studies)
  • Active engagement in a recognized, traditionally ordained ministry
  • Three years of professional ministry experience after completion of the MDiv
  • Board Certified Chaplain, four units of Clinical Pastoral Education, or eligibility for  board certification
  • English as a Second Language applicants must have a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper version) or 80 (internet version)

Tuition

Tuition is charged per course for the four 3-unit seminars. The tuition rate for the 2019/2020 academic year is $1950 per course.  If all four courses are completed in the academic year, total tuition will be $7,800.  There is no tuition for the Field Research Project.

Lodging

Campus lodging is in a dormitory style building with shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities, and may be available for students enrolled in the diploma program.

Your admissions counselor can help you apply.

2019-2020 Course Schedule

The Diploma requires 3 core courses, which must be taken in sequence, starting in the Fall.  Students in this concentration will also take 1 (3 unit) elective which may be chosen from the DMin course schedule, and a Field Research Project (6 units).

Course Schedule  (The following courses must be taken in sequence.)

Fall 2019

Action Research and Evidence-Based Research Methods

Instructor: Laurie Garrett-Cobbina

Schedule:

  • online schedule starts September 3, 2019
  • on-campus classroom session: December 12-14, 2019 (Tentative)

Spring 2020

Quantitative vs Qualitative Research Methods

Instructor: Faculty

Schedule:

  • online schedule starts February 3, 2020
  • classroom session: April 30 – May 2, 2020 (Tentative)

Summer 2020

The Politics of Research: Ethical, Epistemological, and Ontological Issues

Instructor: Faculty

Schedule:

  • online schedule starts May 26
  • classroom session: August 27 – 29, 2020 (Tentative)

Course Descriptions

  • Action Research and Evidence-Based Research Methods 

The first of three core courses in the Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Research Literacy concentration, this course provides a framework for evaluating existing research, understanding methods of data collection, quality, and usage that might be used within various chaplaincy contexts.

Prerequisite: at least one of the following — 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education, Board Certified Chaplain, or eligible for certification.

  • Quantitative vs Qualitative Research Methods

The second of three core courses in the Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care Research Literacy concentration, this course provides a framework for evaluating existing research, understanding methods of data collection, quality, and usage that might be used within various chaplaincy contexts.

Prerequisites: at least one of the following — 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education, Board Certified Chaplain, or eligible for certification; and Action Research Methods course  #1 (above)

  • The Politics of Research: Ethical, Epistemological, and Ontological Issues

The third of three core courses in the Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care Research Literacy concentration, this course provides a framework for evaluating and working with evidence-based research in various chaplaincy contexts through theological reflection on the history and politics of research.  Prerequisites: at least one of the following — 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education, Board Certified Chaplain, or eligible for certification; and Action Research Methods courses #1 and 2 (above)

For further information and application materials, please contact:

Rev. Ruth T. West, APS Program Manager

415.451.2838 | rwest@sfts.edu