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Bob Paeglow; This workshop is designed to be spiritually refreshing and encouraging for those growing weary or feeling burnt out. Drawing on many years of fighting the good fight of faith, Dr. Bob Paeglow, founder for Koinonia Primary Care in Albany, NY, will share testimony from his own life and ministry to illustrate principles that will help you to keep on keeping on. Rooted in Hebrews 12:2 "For the joy set before Him Jesus endured the cross", participants will experience insight in how to cultivate joy in their ministry.
"2018 Conference - Spiritual Disciplines: An Ancient Cure for Modern Ills. Evidence Based Approach to the Impact of Spirituality on Health"
Jonathan Wilson; Does modern medicine eliminate and ignore the place for spirituality and spiritual care? Is there evidence that spirituality, and Biblical spiritual disciplines in particular, has an affect on health outcomes? This session will first look at current evidence surrounding the effect of spirituality on health. The second half will provide some practical tools and practices that you as health care worker can employ and empower your patients to practice that will lead to true transformation of their health and their lives. This workshop is appropriate for providers and support staff at all levels.
Bill Morehouse; We all enter our faith with the hope that our lives will get better, and that we'll impart the blessings of life in Christ to those we serve and serve alongside. However, somewhere along the way the dream can become disappointing, frustrating, tedious, discouraging, and even broken. How can we pick back up and continue to grow and enjoy life while resisting and recovering from life's setbacks? Will God fix us and the situations we find ourselves in, or is brokenness our inevitable destination? This session will help you make a biblical/clinical analysis of your condition, and apply lessons from others and our own history to rediscover the enduring Hope that we are meant to enjoy in Christ.
Robert Campbell; God desires us to be fruitful, effective, visionary disciples for His glory and our joy. That is our norm. So when we feel fruitless, ineffective, and blind, we need to know how to rebound. This session will help instruct those new to this type of ministry, who are excited about entering into the field of missional medicine, and it will encourage those who have been at this a while and who are weary from years of labor. Robert Campbell, co-founder of Christ Community Health Services of Augusta, will share from God’s word and discuss his experiences of over 10 years of healthcare ministry among the poor in Augusta, Georgia.
Bill Morehouse; The more divided and spiritually confused our nation and world become and the more beyond social and political solutions our problems appear to grow, the more we find ourselves crying out with aching hearts, "How long O Lord will you wait? Rain your Holy Spirit on us and rescue, heal, and restore us! Bring us times of refreshing and revival!" Do we actually know what we're asking for? And are we and our ministries prepared when the Lord answers in the affirmative? How can and should we be preparing now for an outpouring of grace in our communities in the foreseeable future? This session is a call within our community to understand the times and know what we should do.
2018 Conference - The Spirituality of Trauma: How to Navigate Faith Issues when Patients are Healing from Trauma
Jesse Malott; A growing body of psychological literature is placing emphasis on faith, meaning, and purpose as having significant roles in trauma outcomes, both positive and negative. The purpose of this workshop will be to increase the clinician’s understanding of the spiritual and mental health sequelae following traumatic events, how to navigate unique cultural and individual factors that can impact the healing process, and practical steps the clinician can take to improve resilience and growth before and after traumatic events.
2018 Conference - Addressing & Assessing the Spiritual Needs of Patients: How to Take a Spiritual History
Bob Mason; Have you longed to integrate your Christian faith into your patient care – both on the mission field abroad and in your work at home? Most patients want their healthcare professional to be sensitive to their spiritual needs during illness. Yet, the vast majority of healthcare professionals do not know how to assess and address these need and fewer still actually provide this aspect of care in their patient care. Not sure how to do this in a caring, sensitive, and relevant manner? This “working” session will explore the ethical basis for spiritual care plus provide you with profession, timely, and practical methods to care for the whole person in the clinical setting.
2018 Conference - Spirituality & Behavioral Health: Using Spiritual Interventions in the Process of Transforming Persons in Christ
Ana Wong-McDonald; Spiritual interventions are powerful tools in recovery. Such interventions were used in a spirituality group at an inner-city psychosocial rehabilitation program such that 100% of the participants achieved their treatment goals consistently over 3 years. This seminar will 1) introduce research on the relationship between spirituality and mental health, 2) describe the spirituality group as an example, and 3) address how to implement spiritual interventions in the process of transforming persons in Christ. This workshop will explore the who, what, why, and how of using spiritual interventions. Assessment tools and case examples will be discussed.
Those who seek to diagnose spiritual health tend to focus merely on personal faith, beliefs and convictions. And, the tendency in healthcare is to assess spirituality from a generalized, pluralistic perspective rather than a distinctively Christian worldview. This session will offer a more robust approach to spiritual health that is informed by Biblical theology and focused on the person of Jesus Christ. Rooted in the Biblical narrative, participants will have a framework for spiritual health that leads to clear action steps for moving patients closer to Christ regardless of faith background. Jim Shultz
Daniel Strosky, PsyD candidate and Berry Hulen, PsyD candidate. Working with traumatized patients can have a negative impact on a caregiver's spirituality. This session looks at causes of burnout, irrationality of evil and opening up to God through lament.