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The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling
(Spring-Summer 2009, Vol. 63, Nos. 1&2)

[Answer 7 of 10 questions correctly to receive 6 hours of Continuing Education credit]
Screening for Spiritual Struggle (Fitchett)
1. In this study, religious/spiritual struggle is considered to be
a. having occasional doubts about one’s faith in God.
b. trying to reconcile the hypocrisy of professed believers.
c. disappointment over not receiving a chaplain visit after requesting one.
d. feeling angry with, abandoned by, or punished by God.

The Correlates in Chaplains’ Effectiveness in Meeting Needs (Flannelly)
2. In Table 9, which variable of patient satisfaction with the chaplain had the strongest association with patients’ ratings that their spiritual/religious needs had been met?
a. tapping their inner strength and resources.
b. praying with them.
c. making the patients feel comfortable.
d. really listening to the patients.

Countertransference Reactions in Treatment with the Bereaved (Gelo)
3. During the author’s 2nd session with Patty, even after 20 years of treating bereaved patients, he felt doubtful that she would ever recover from the pain of losing her husband. He identified this moment as
a. the patient’s resistance to progress in the healing process.
b. an intuition that the patient would never get better.
c. his empathetic grief for Patty, which was concealing his own sense of hopefulness.
d. his humility in admitting that even an experienced counselor cannot help every patient.

Pastoral images: The Good Samaritan and the Unjust Judge (Capps)
4. This article proposes that the parable of The Good Samaritan is about
a. a pastor offering independent care to others.
b. a pastor as a member of a team of caregivers.
c. receiving help from someone for whom one has a deeply-engrained hostility.
d. identifying the “neighbor” as the man who was beaten and left half dead in the ditch.

5. The author likes the unjust judge as an appropriate pastoral image because
a. he acted out of compassion for the widow.
b. he did what was right in the eyes of the law.
c. he overcame his cynicism to do what was right.
d. he does not claim to be anything other than who and what he is.

Spiritual Care in Canadian Healthcare (Woodland)
6. Why did the FH Project recommend changing the name “chaplain” to “spiritual care practitioner”?
a. to deliver care from a more multi-faith perspective; the title of chaplain is predominantly a Christian term.
b. to increase chaplain visits; more patients respond to the term “spiritual” than “chaplain”.
c. to improve the likelihood of receiving funding from sources that are not traditionally Christian.
d. to distinguish professional religious caregivers from volunteers who lack the same training.

Love’s Angry Lament: Confronting Our Anger with God: Based on Lamentations 1-3 (Leaman)
7. Which is NOT an example of chutzpah, the hard-minded tenacity to remain faithful until the petition is answered?
a. The lamenter accusing the Lord of assault and betrayal (Lamentations 3:14-16).
b. Abraham’s arguing on behalf of any righteous people living in Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:22-33).
c. Moses asking God to blot out his name from God’s book if He doesn’t forgive the people for their idolatry (Genesis 32:32).
d. Noah’s obedient acceptance of God’s determination to destroy creation (Genesis 6).

8. Susan, who had been sexually abused by her father for 10 years, first expressed her anger toward God
a. after telling her mother what had happened.
b. after hearing a sermon about God’s safe haven of sanctuary.
c. after reading the book of Job.
d. after reading about the woman in Mark Chapter 5 who grabbed the hem of Jesus’ garment.

9. This article presents anger as
a. evidence of God’s betrayal.
b. a doorway to closer intimacy.
c. dangerous and destructive.
d. incompatible with love and caring.

Re-discovery of Silence in Pastoral Care (Moriichi)
10. Who said: “In silence and peace a devout soul makes progress and learns the secrets of the scripture. God …will draw close to a person who seeks solitude and silence.”?
a. St. Benedict
b. Henri Nouwen
c. Thomas a Kempis
d. Thomas Aquinas