Call for Papers – APA on Spiritually Integrated Care

With thanks to our colleagues at Transforming Chaplaincy:


Call for Papers

Spiritually Integrated Care and Chaplain Collaboration in Organized Care Settings
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021

The editorial staff at APA Division 18’s journal, Psychological Services, is inviting manuscripts for a special issue on spiritually integrated care and collaboration with chaplaincy as they can be applied in organized care settings, especially in federal and state settings. Our guest editor for this special package is Dr. J. Irene Harris with Associate Editor Dr. Anne Klee.

Traditionally, psychologists have shied away from providing spiritually integrated care in organized settings for many reasons, including a) feeling that they have too little training to respond appropriately, b) fears about encroaching on church-state boundaries, c) concerns about scope of practice, including concerns about respecting chaplains’ scope of practice, d) cultural differences in that psychologists are religious at far lower rates than the general public, and e) lack of research upon which to base spiritually integrated care. However, psychologists in organized care settings must respond to accreditation requirements from the Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities, and these requirement include consideration of clients’ spirituality and cultural resources and beliefs. Furthermore, our ethics code as psychologists requires us to be responsive to client spirituality as an individual difference.

This special issue seeks manuscripts that address areas in which spiritually integrated care is relevant to practice, needed to respond to clients’ needs, practiced ethically, and may involve appropriate collaboration with chaplaincy. Examples may include:

• Review of ethics and scope of practice considerations for spiritually integrated care in organizational settings
• Research documenting needs and/or effects of spiritually integrated care for specific concerns our groups, for example, individuals managing moral injury, spiritual distress related to suicide risk, clients managing addictions who struggle with guilt, assisting clients in finding purpose in the face of disability, managing spiritual distress associated with chronic pain, twelve step facilitation, etc.
• Research on the needs and effective practices with individuals who are religious/spiritual minorities, such as non-Christians, atheists, and agnostics
• Research and practice in meeting needs for staff around grief, loss, moral distress, and moral injury
• Research and demonstration projects for collaboration across psychology and chaplaincy

Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods studies, as well as systematic reviews, empirically-informed consensus statements, theoretical papers, and meta-analyses are all welcomed.

APA Division 18 (for psychologists in public service) welcomes manuscripts related to these areas including but not limited to the following domains:
• work being conducted within police and public safety settings
• work being conducted in criminal justice settings including courts, prisons and prison reentry programs
• work being conducted in educational systems at all levels
• work being conducted in hospitals and community clinics, and
• work being conducted for the Indian Health Service
• work being conducted in the Department of Veterans Affairs

The deadline for receipt of papers for this special issue is October 15, 2021.

Please follow the Instructions to Authors information located on the Psychological Services website ( Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the Manuscript Submission Web Portal ( Please specify in your cover letter that the submission is intended for the special issue on Spiritually Integrated Care and Chaplain Collaboration in Organized Care Settings and address your letters to Dr. J. Irene Harris, Guest Editor and Dr. Anne Klee, Associate Editor.

All papers submitted will be initially screened by the editorial board and then sent out for blind peer review, if evaluated as appropriate for the journal. For further questions related to this special section, please contact Dr. Harris at and Dr. Anne Klee