Sjaak Korver
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    5037 AB Tilburg



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Until his retirement in June 2021, Jacques Körver was associate professor chaplaincy/spiritual care, and director of the University Center for Chaplaincy Studies. Since 2015 he was leading the large scale Dutch Case Studies Project in Chaplaincy Care, together with professor Martin Walton (PThU). In this participatory and practice-driven effect research on goals, interventions, and effects of chaplaincy (in care, prison, army, and primary care) 56 chaplains participated, and 10 researchers from 4 different universities in the Netherlands. In addition, he was chief editor of the Dutch Tijdschrift Geestelijke Verzorging (Journal of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care), and the chair of the Research Board of the professional association of chaplains / spiritual care givers in the Netherlands. He was also the chair of the sub-project research in the national project on spiritual care at home (primary care).

From 2018 to 2021, he was leading a research project subsidized by ZonMw (PLOEG 2). In this project an intervention for chaplaincy primary care is developed and tested for effectiveness, aimed at palliative patients living at home. This project collaborates with the VU University Amsterdam, the PThU in Groningen, and several Networks Palliative Care and Centers for Existential Problems spread all over the Netherlands.

In 2021, a Small Data Project, subsidized by DANS (an organization of KNAW and NWO), was granted, based on data from registration by chaplains in hospitals. This quantitative project linked up with the qualitative Case Studies Project - under the common denominator: 'What do spiritual caregivers / chaplains actually do?’

Jacques Körver was also a pastoral supervisor and a CPE-supervisor (Clinical Pastoral Education), from 1992 to 2017. In the beginning of his career, he has been a chaplain (hospital, elderly care, care for the disabled, psychiatry). In 2013 he finished his PhD on spiritual coping strategies of lung cancer patients. Previously, he specialized in the personality of ministers, conflicts in pastoral settings, the organizational context of pastoral work and chaplaincy, and the development of the spiritual care / chaplaincy profession.



2018-2021: director University Center for Chaplaincy Studies

2007-2021: associate professor Tilburg School of Catholic Theology

2000-2007: coordinator postgraduate education School of Theology Tilburg

1994-2015: supervisor Clinical Pastoral Education (Vught, since 2000 in Tilburg)

1994-2000: chaplain Reinier van Arkel Vught & Den Bosch (psychiatry)

1994-1996: chaplain Van Neijnsel Stichting Vught (psycho-geriatric nursing home)

1982-1994: chaplain / head of chaplaincy department Catharina Hospital Eindhoven


Jacques Körver lectured in the Master Theology, mainly practical courses on conversation skills, and methods of pastoral accompaniment and chaplaincy.

PhD supervision

2017-2018: Myriam Braakhuis - TST (research into criteria and good practices of chaplaincy / spiritual care, Dutch Case Studies Project Chaplaincy / Spiritual Care).

2017-present: Niels den Toom - PThU (research into the professionalisation of chaplains / spiritual caregivers, Dutch Case Studies Project Chaplaincy / Spiritual Care).

2019-present: Bernice Brijan - TST (Rising Rooted.  Personal recovery in light of phenomenology, psychopathology, and the sense of reality and belonging).


  • Practical Theology
  • Quality Of Life
  • Spiritual Care
  • Religious Coping
  • Coping
  • Religious Leadership
  • Conflicts
  • Spirituality
  • Supervision
  • Narrative Analysis
  • Health Care


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