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Innovations in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Unit

Call for Proposals

For the 2022 Annual Meeting, Innovations in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care will host two sessions: an open call co-hosted with Psychology, Culture, and Religion and an invited panel. 


Given the growing consensus among spiritual and therapeutic caregivers that moral advocacy is central to their professional identity, how might spiritual caregivers understand the future of their work in institutional contexts like hospitals, prisons, the military, or others that demand neutrality on political matters such as racial and social justice? And how might pastoral psychotherapists and clinicians negotiate the increasing emphasis on integrating spirituality as a morally-neutral “tool” in psychotherapeutic contexts? We welcome proposals that answer these questions directly or in any way address the moral complexity of operating as professionals at the intersection of spiritual and clinical care in institutional settings. 


  • Chaplaincy is an inherently diverse field

In the wide range of sites and institutions in which chaplaincy is practiced, in the identities of practitioners and those seeking care, and in the clinical and theological models used for care. For its second session, Innovations in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care will host an invited panel of scholars and practicing chaplains that intentionally highlights the diversity in the field, sparking imagination for innovations in research, practice, and education for practitioners in this field. 

Statement of Purpose


Steering Committee Members


E-mail with Attachment (proposal is in attachment, not in body of e-mail)



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members