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The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling
(Spring 2012, Vol. 66, No. 1)

[Answer 7 of 10 questions correctly to receive 6 hours of Continuing Education credit]
Long Coats, Short Coats, No Coats (Stouter)
1. Toward the end of this article, Curlin suggested that
a. patients should talk to chaplains, not psychiatrists, about religious issues.
b. patients should talk to psychiatrists, not chaplains, about psychological concerns.
c. chaplains would benefit from training in psychiatry.
psychiatrists would benefit from increased professional training on religious/spiritual issues.

Educating Chaplains (Fitchett)
2. What percent of the 26 CPE residency programs had intentional, consistent, and substantive teaching about research in their curriculum?
a. 12%
b. 27%
c. 40%
d. 62%

3. For future research, what country was noted as having a long tradition of advocating for evidence-based pastoral care?
a. Australia
b. New Zealand
c. Canada
d. Switzerland

Reinterpreting Funerals and Pastoral Care (Fowler)
4. The author agrees with Carol Norton that pastors today should
a. help mourners at a funeral service to begin expressing their grief feelings by using the language of lament.
b. make more post-funeral home visits.
c. help mourners grieve for a time and then move on within a few months.
d. conduct a funeral with a focus on God and on our life and death in light of God's love for us in Jesus Christ.

5. Which purpose of a funeral does the author NOT support?
a. To comfort the bereaved.
b. To retell the gospel story in the drama of worship.
c. To remind mourners of the resurrection.
d. To bring mourners out of their denial.

Apophatic Attending (Rodgerson)
6. Which would be a good first question for a pastoral counselor to ask someone whose spiritual or religious life is unknown?
a. Is it all right for us to talk about spiritual or religious themes in your life?
b. Do you go to church?
c. How is your prayer life?
d. Is God a source of strength for you?

7. An apophatic approach to pastoral diagnosis regards diagnosis as a wise discernment that specifically looks to the unknown and unknowable for the possibility of revelation that is beyond words. An example of this "not knowing" would be
a. Nicholas of Cusa's "learned ignorance" before God.
b. Gregory of Nyssa's discovery that darkness could be an appropriate way to find God (Exodus 20:21, where Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was)
c. Teresa of Avila's reflection on Song of Songs 2:3, "It seems that while the soul is in this delight that was mentioned it feels itself totally engulfed and protected in this shadow and kind of cloud of Divinity."
d. All of the above.

8. The most important diagnostic element for the pastoral caregiver using an apophatic approach is
a. the Assessment of Spirituality and Religious Sentiment Scale.
b. Pargament's implicit forms of spiritual assessment such as "What has helped nurture you spiritually?
c. Maloney's Eight Dimensional Model, including Acceptance of God's Grace and Steadfast Love
d. the caregiver's attention to the unknowable and unspeakable in his or her own life.

A Psychospiritual, Family-Centered Theory of Care (Snodgrass)
9. Mothers who had a plan to care for a healthy newborn child and then suddenly are faced with no plan to care for a very low birth weight infant will initially experience
a. terror
b. grief
c. impotence
d. anger

10. To help mothers of VLBW infants, the author encouraged chaplains to do all of the following EXCEPT
a. to be a vessel of God's calming presence for these mothers who cannot hold their infants in the NICU.
b. to avoid the parents when they are angry.
c. to use theological imagery, when appropriate, to help mothers connect to God.
d. to encourage mothers to talk to, sing to, and pray with their child.