Article published in
May 18, 2016 Volume 13 No. 5

For the last several years, thoughtful experts in our field have been calling for more research to validate standards of practice and document chaplaincy outcomes. In a 2012 COMISS Network Forum address, former HealthCare Chaplaincy President and CEO Walter J. Smith opined:

Without a credible body of research to support it, [certification] standards . . . will accomplish little in advancing chaplaincy as a profession. Professional chaplaincy today still lacks the models and methods on which to build a strong empirical foundation that will help define what chaplains do and measure how successful are their interventions

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