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Learning from Case Studies in Chaplaincy

Towards Practice Based Evidence and Professionalism

The recent body of case-study work on chaplaincy care synthesizes the inherent narrative nature of chaplaincy with the structured rigors of contemporary care research. This volume is composed of contributions from both practitioners and academic researchers, joining reflections on the challenges of case studies in chaplaincy care with specific results. Drawing on reflections on methodology and professionalization in chaplaincy, the volume hopes to contribute to answering the question of how and why chaplaincy works.


224 pages | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2

Religion: Religion and Society


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. Researching Living Human Encounters; I. Methodology in Case Study Research; 2. The State of the Art in Chaplaincy Research; Needs, Resources and Hopes; 3. Putting Chaplaincy Research into the Picture. The Dutch Case Studies Project; 4. Researching Practices. Lessons from Dutch Youth Care; 5. Up and Down the Participation Ladder. The Use of Narratives in Collaborative Research; 6. The Science of the Particular; II. From Methodology to Initial Findings; 7. Chaplains’ Case Study Research. Building Towards a Theory of Chaplaincy Care? 8. Comparing Multiple Case Studies of (Military) Chaplaincy Care. Methodological issues; 9. Professional Proximity. Seeking a Balance between Relation and Content in Spiritual Counseling; 10. Effects of Health Care Chaplaincy. A Qualitative Study with Case Reports; III. Case Studies and Critical Issues; 11. Personal Experiences in Writing a Case Study; 12. With an Open Mind for the Unexpected. Prison Chaplaincy: a Case Study. 13. Is MacDonald’s Freedom? 14. Agreement is Agreement? Moral Counseling in a Life-Threatening Dilemma; 15. You Can Remove a Person from the War, But Not the War from a Person; IV. Case Studies Research and Professionalism; 16. What Does Participation in the Case Studies Project Mean for One’s Professionalism? Preliminary Findings and Topics; 17. Interdisciplinary Work in Chaplaincy Care; 18. Towards a Distinct Professional Identity. What Chaplains Have Learned in Flanders Case Study Research; 19. What Are Chaplains Learning by Producing Case Studies? 20. ‘Oneself as Another’. Combining the Roles of Chaplain and Researcher in the Dutch Case Studies Project; 21. Epilogue. Developing the Case;

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