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Spirituality in the Context of Secondary Trauma

Presented by Rev. Dr. Beth L. Muehlhausen, PhD, MDiv, BCC


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Program Summary
This webinar will share findings from a qualitative research project that sought to understand the role of spirituality in vicarious trauma. Doctors, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants who work directly with trauma patients were interviewed regarding how their spirituality impacted their work and how their work impacted their spiritual beliefs. Participants included 16 Protestant Christians, 7 Roman Catholics, 1 Hindu, 1 Muslim, 1 Conservative Jew, and 10 with no declared religious affiliation. Physicians represented trauma surgery, orthopedics, emergency, critical care/pulmonology and neurosurgery. Spiritual patterns emerged across religions and specialties including: 1) Spirituality as a guiding force 2) strong need for a support system 3) use of coping mechanisms and 4) vicarious growth.

Program Objectives By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Articulate a beginning understanding of qualitative research, specifically phenomenology methodology.
  2. Identify and discuss themes of most interest to spiritual care providers (positive and negative coping)
  3. Discuss implications for spiritual care departments in caring for front line staff who work with trauma patients and their families.

About the Presenter Dr. Muehlhausen has been a chaplain with Ascension Health for the past seven years, is an ordained minister in the Christian Church Disciples of Christ and a licensed clinical social worker. She has lead several research projects, currently splitting her time as a staff chaplain for St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis and working as a spiritual care researcher for Ascension Health. She has presented her research at the North American Association for Christians in Social Work, Association for Professional Chaplains (APC) and Transforming Chaplaincy. She is leading Ascension Health’s first system wide spiritual care research project covering six states exploring chaplain outpatient services to people with congestive heart failure. She will present findings from that project at the annual APC conference in June 2019.

NACC Certification Competencies Covered by the Webinar: ITP3, ITP5, PPS2, PPS4, PPS5, OL1, OL2, OL3


March 21, 2019 Webinar Fact Sheet (participants) (The Fact Sheet contains call-in instructions and numbers)
Spirituality Vicarious Trauma
Spirituality Vicarious Trauma (3 slides per page)


CEH certificate

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Webinar recordings

March 21 recording