Dr. Callahan discusses:
- Spiritual wellbeing and COVID-19’s impact
- How religion/faith/spirituality can be used to cope with or make sense of COVID-19 and the changes it’s having on our society
- Religious traditions before and after a death
- How to support people facing life-limiting illness and grief during the pandemic
- Identifies some good that might come out of the COVID-19 crisis
Learn more about Dr. Callahan at her website: https://www.dranncallahan.info
Resources recommended by Dr. Callahan:
- GriefShare https://www.griefshare.org
- Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC). (2020, May 23). Interim guidance for communities of faith. Retrieved on June 22, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/community/organizations/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html
- Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network. (2019). Resources for hospice & palliative care social work professionals during the COVID-19 crisis. Retrieved on June 22, 2020, from https://www.swhpn.org/COVID19
- Spiritual Care Association. (2020). Coronavirus pandemic resources from SCA. Retrieved on June 22, 2020, from https://www.spiritualcareassociation.org/coronavirus.html
- Spiritual Care Association. (2020, March 24). Strategies for spiritual caregivers dealing with the chaos of coronavirus and other infectious disease threats. https://spiritualcareassociation.org/docs/resources/coronavirus_resource_list.pdf Note: This includes a hyperlink list for denominational statements on COVID-19.
- HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. (2014). Patient’s spiritual and cultural values for healthcare professionals. https://www.spiritualcareassociation.org/docs/resources/patients_spiritual_and_cultural_values_for_health_care_professionals.pdf
- Hospice Foundation of American. (2018). Providing spiritual and pastoral care during COVID-19. https://hospicefoundation.org/Education/Free-COVID-19-Programs.aspx Note: This is an on-demand webinar with 1.5 complimentary continuing education credits available until 04/21/21.
Ann M. Callahan, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor and Master of Social Work Program Director and Online Coordinator at Eastern Kentucky University. She earned her doctorate in social work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Callahan is licensed in clinical social work with over 20 years collective experience as a social work educator, practitioner, and researcher. Dr. Callahan’s research focuses on spiritually sensitive social work in hospice, palliative, and long-term care. This includes the book Spirituality and Hospice Social Work, published by Columbia Press, which delineates the foundation for her research.
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