Pastoral counseling

Enhancing the chaplain's role in support of suicide prevention efforts : an active duty army battalion chaplain's pursuit of saving soldiers' lives

Author
Christopher J. Washburn
Abstract
"Chaplains bear the weight of Soldier welfare and care alongside their religious support mission. Without requiring new regulations or major overhauls in chaplain functionality, this author contends that through intentionally leveraging one's duties, an active duty Army chaplain might significantly augment the existing program of suicide prevention in a way that results in saving lives - for Soldiers to utilize chaplain support. This project explored three potential avenues of attack: chaplain integration training, expanded spiritual fitness events, and identification of barriers. Initial analysis suggests that such life-saving focused efforts have a positive impact upon building connection and fostering help-seeking behaviors." -- Leaf [2].

Developing a coaching model of ministry to mitigate moral drift in Special Operations

Author
Pete Stone
Abstract
"Soldiers serving in Special Operations Forces (SOF) live under enormous pressures to perform at the highest levels while sustaining a high, relentless operational tempo. Unless they remain grounded in an identity gives them meaning apart from their SOF profession, that pressure can more easily erode personal values, cause moral drift, and lead to unintended consequences. Chaplains serving in SOF must find effective ways to help mitigate this risk and support a flourishing life. The author received training in a Christian-based personal coaching program and implemented that coaching model with a test sample of five Soldiers serving in SOF to mitigate that risk. The author measured the effectiveness of the coaching process with direct observation, interviews and surveys, and determined that personal coaching effectively reduced the risk of moral drift in the subjects. The author concluded that the coaching model provides an effective way for chaplains serving in SOF to help Soldiers remain grounded in their identity outside of the SOF profession by helping them clarify their values, determine their priorities, and design actions that will align them with that identity. Personal coaching is an effective ministry tool chaplain can use to mitigate the risk of moral drift and support a flourishing life in the lives of their Soldiers." -- Leaf [2].

Restorative rest : sounding the alarm on a culture of excess

Author
Joseph D. Sherwin
Abstract
"The author explores the impact of restorative rest on medical staff at Brooke Army Medical Center and the Cadre of the 264th Medical Battalion in San Antonio, TX. He sought to determine the efficacy of restorative rest techniques and tools in alleviating sleep deprivation and fatigue. By teaching the value of restorative rest as revealed through the Sabbath, the author intends to examine its effects on promoting greater levels of readiness and resiliency among Cadre and Staff. The author further intends to use the data derived from this study as a means of developing a tool that will be used to inform Commanders regarding the dangers of sleep deprivation within their ranks and how proper Sabbath practices and restorative rest might make for a more ready and resilient fighting force." -- Leaf [2].

Ministry of presence in the absence : the art of providing pastoral care across multiple deployed spaces

Author
Azande M. Sasa
Abstract
"Ministry of presence forms the heart of the chaplain's ministerial role. Yet how does ministry of presence manifest when the chaplain is estranged from or does not have physical access to their service members? This project explored the question of ministry of presence among chaplains in highly dispersed and secure Military Intelligence units within the context of a Unitarian Universalist historico-theological framework. The research methodologies for the author's data corpus included: ethnographic research, questionnaires, focus group discussions, and expert and informal interviews. She then analyzed the results in order to glean a better understanding of the applicability of ministry of presence across multiple deployed spaces. The findings suggest that flexibility and an expanded notion of presence as interconnection, presence within, and presence as creativity, lead to greater fulfillment in performing and providing religious and spiritual support for one's deployed personnel." -- Leaf [2].

Moral injury : a chaplain pre-emptive training to mitigate the longevity of moral injury results through community, training, and spiritual resilience

Author
Gary D. Sands
Abstract
"The problem proposed for this study assumes there is little or no pre-emptive Moral Injury training in the Army; and that pre-emptive Moral Injury training aids in processing through Moral Injury. This project developed a Moral Injury healing training plan; and from this plan further developed a pre-emptive Moral Injury training program. The author utilized a premade survey to discover Moral Injury in Soldier participants. The results of this survey were tallied and processed using Spearman's Rho statistic. The data demonstrated strong areas in which Soldiers needed special attention. This attention is the focus of the healing training plan." -- Leaf [2].

Pastoral care of the congregation in female midlife crisis

Author
Mansu Kim
Abstract
"Although women in their forties and fifties play a crucial role as important dedicators in the Korean Church, they often feel loneliness and emptiness internally, not knowing where to be socially and domestically. Psychologically, they are considered `middle-aged.' In this paper, the author implemented a pastoral care program for middle-aged women in their forties and fifties under these circumstances to find out if the program helps them achieve spiritual maturity and restore their clear life direction and identity. The author conducted an eight-week small group pastoral care program entitled "Healing Mom- A Mother Becomes a Woman" for middle-aged women in their forties and fifties in his church. The program enabled the middle-aged women to reflect on their identity in faith and experience psychological and spiritual healing and recovery." -- Leaf [2].

"A Triple C" (Arouse, Control, Convert and Counsel) Model : effect of spiritual resiliency model in curbing suicide in service member's lives

Author
Oyedeji O. Idowu
Abstract
"The Military has always applied every necessary means available to them to curb the act of committing suicide, and there is still more to be done. . . . This project . . . will aid the military mission and effort to counter the rate of increase in service members' depression, suicide attempts, suicide completions, and any form of spiritually affected challenges. With this mind, I deemed it necessary to apply and implement the controllable ideas on how to help service members with their problems before it gets out of control through what I call AROUSE, CONTROL, CONVERT, CONNECT (ACCC) model. This model is a spiritual resiliency intervention model that can also apply to a non-religious type of setting." -- Leaf [2].

Moral injury : healing intervention for the wounded warrior

Author
Brent D. Culpen
Abstract
"Moral Injury is a fairly new term [that is] used to describe military personnel who have had their moral conscience compromised. However, the phenomenon appears to have been around for centuries, perhaps since soldiers have gone [off] to war and suffered in [the] aftermath. This study contends that when military chaplains refer individuals with mental issues to behavioral health services, chaplains miss the opportunity to offer much-needed religious guidance for those who suffer. In this study, the author examines how chaplains can help soldiers struggling with moral injury to make steps on the road to healing and recovery." -- Leaf [2].

Healing from moral injury in the military context

Author
Chad A. Bowman
Abstract
"This project explores healing for soldiers suffering from moral injury due to their military experience in a combat environment. The author examines how moral injury occurs and the effects it has on those who are suffering from it. The study includes a survey of soldiers deployed to a combat environment in order to assess possible moral injury due to traumatic experiences. The use of counseling interviews inform the analysis of healing patterns and potential models for a reconciliation process of soul wounds. The project concludes with recommendations for helping chaplains and religious providers care with those healing from moral injury in the military context." -- Leaf [2].

Ministry at sea : lessons learned from a 295 day deployment aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

Author
Michael Ray Baker
Abstract
"[In this project paper, the author examined and compared the ministry of the Apostle Paul and the role of chaplains in the United States Navy]. [The author focused] on the four core competencies of the United States Navy Chaplain Corps: provision, advisement, facilitation, and care. [Specifically, the author wanted to determine how well chaplains implemented the four competencies during extended deployments.] [The primary] method to analyze results [was] voluntary surveys given to the sailors within the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. [Analysis of the data] suggests [that the] four core competencies were faithfully executed during the 295-day deployment." -- Leaf [2].
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