School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Dwight C. Rice


chaplaincy, pastoral care and counseling, self-care, virtual care or telechaplaincy, self-preparation, resilience, decompression




This action project in the field of pastoral care and counseling is designed to determine the effect of pastoral care services of the Bethany Children’s Health Center, Bethany, OK, on the direct patient care staff. The project utilized a video intervention approach to provide needed support to the care team of the Bethany Children’s Health Center. Chapter one discusses the pastoral context of the pastoral care department. It presented the problem and the purpose statement. Chapter two examined the historical context of pastoral care and counseling. It explored the theological and theoretical foundations. Chapter three discusses the entire processes involved in carrying out the intervention beginning with intervention design and the implementation of the design. It also includes some of the demographic data from the survey participants. Chapter four discusses the intervention results by analyzing the participants' responses to the survey questions posed in the three video clips. Chapter five concludes the project by elaborating on the impact of the study, operational recommendations, and potential future studies of the intervention. The intervention showed that virtual/telechaplaincy (video clips) is effective but should not be used as a replacement for in-person pastoral care. To effectively use video clips, spiritual care providers or chaplains need to identify a need and produce video clips that address those needs and make the clips accessible to those who need them.

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