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October 19, 2016 
Volume 13 No. 10

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PlainViews® is committed to providing a place for professional readership to find, present, and discuss information in accordance with its mission to translate knowledge and skills into effective chaplaincy practice and care for the human spirit.  The views expressed in its articles are those of the authors, not of HealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkTMthe publisher of PlainViews®.

PlainsViews® helps support the work of HCCN by publishing scholarly works, articles and studies at the intersection of health care and spiritual care, advancing best practices, and providing information about educational events, publications and course work of interest to practitioners.

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A special edition of Health and Social Care Chaplaincy (issue 5.2: 2017), focusing on chaplains’ case studies, is to be guest edited by Professor George Fitchett (US) and Revd Dr Steve Nolan (UK), who together edited Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015).

For this special edition of the journal the editors now invite proposals case studies from any health and/or social care setting, including community locations. The case studies may report on the work of an individual chaplain or teams of chaplains, or a chaplain’s collaboration in a multi-professional team. Proposals may also be a case study that is a “one-off” study or based on longer-term work.

Contributors need to be experienced chaplains (with three or more years in clinical practice) and be able to reflectively think and write about their work. Contributors do not need to have previous experience writing for publication. Potential contributors should familiarize themselves with the guidelines for writing case studies and the related ethical issues. It is recommended that authors utilize one or more of the publications listed below.

Potential contributors should email a brief outline of a case study (around 800 words), together with a brief Curriculum Vitae or Resume and send these directly and jointly to both guest editors (; and The deadline for submitting case study outlines is on or before 31st of January 2017. Upon review of the case study outline the editors will notify potential contributors if a full case study is to be invited. Guidelines for author preparation and submissions are available at:


Publications to Consider

  • Fitchett, G. (2011) “Making Our Case(s)”. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 17(1–2): 3–18. 08854726.2011.559829
  • Fitchett G. (2015) “Introduction: Chaplains and Case Studies”. In Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy, eds G. Fitchett and S. Nolan, 11–24. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Fitchett, G., and S. Nolan (2015) Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • McCurdy. D. B., and G. Fitchett (2011) “Ethical Issues in Case Study Publication: ‘Making Our Case(s)’ Ethically”. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 17(1–2): 55–74.
  • McCurdy D. (2015). “Ethical Issues in Case Study Publication”. In Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy, eds G. Fitchett and S. Nolan, 282–98. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Wood, E. (2015) Book Review: George Fitchett and Steve Nolan, eds, Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy 4(1): 114–15.






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Evidence-Based Scope of Practice to Guide

Quality Spiritual Care in Health Care 

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Evidence-Based Quality Indicators for Spiritual Care

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 Ask the Chaplain is a feature which gives PlainViews® readers the opportunity to learn about their chaplaincy colleagues and share their thoughts about what they believe is important in today's chaplaincy practice.  Participants are being sought on an ongoing basis to share their insight and wisdom.  Questions are provided that can be answered by writing out your responses or by participating in a telephone interview.  If you are interested in participating, you can find more information - including the questions - here.


 Write for Your Peers

What are your thoughts, concerns, and satisfactions about your practice as a health care chaplain? Let your peers know, by writing an article for PlainViews®, the preeminent professional online journal for health care chaplains. Every month, we publish articles that articulate evidence-informed best practices. Here are some of the areas we are especially interested in publishing:

  • Teaching other health care disciplines about spirituality and the role of the professional chaplain;
  • What chaplains need to know about conflict management and ways to manage it;
  • Negotiation skills when working with patients, families, and staff;
  • The practical integration of resilience as an intervention and support;
  • Working with persons dealing with substance abuse and addiction;
  • Spiritual care to stroke patients and their loved ones.

For more information about writing for PlainViews®, please read the Editorial Policy and Article Submission guidelines at the top of the page or contact Managing Editor Sue Wintz at

























October 19 FREE live Q&A online forum on the Spiritual Care Association with chaplains George Handzo, Director of Credentialing and Certification and Sue Wintz, Director of Education.  Register here.  

October 25 webinar “Advocacy for Spiritual Care in Changing Political Environment” with Washington, DC expert M. Todd Tuten.  Register here

October 27 webinar "Reforming Chaplaincy Training" with David Fleenor, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education, Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, NY. Register here. 


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• Participants are encouraged to submit clinical ethics cases they to receive direct feedback

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Does your organization provide excellence in spiritual care?  Let everyone know it.  Learn more about the Excellence in Spiritual Care Award here.



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