Spiritual and Psychosocial Support—Accompanying others impacted by COVID-19
90 Minute Workshops ~ Sunday, August 21, 2022 – 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Workshop Level: Intermediate*
NACC Certification Competencies: ITP2, ITP1.1, ITP3, PPS2
Rev. Richard W. Bauer MM, BCC, LCSW
Chaplain, The George Washington Institute on Spirituality and Health
About this workshop
The impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented crisis. We have often heard that “crisis” can mean both danger, and opportunity. In the face of the continued pandemic, new variants and outbreaks, limited global vaccine availability and vaccine hesitancy, the pandemic can be an opportunity to be God’s presence of wholeness, healing, compassion, and justice. This workshop will explore the recent Vatican document from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development – “Accompanying People in Psychological Distress in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Members of One Body Loved by One Love.”
As a result of this workshop, participants will:
- Identify some of the unique challenges to spiritual well-being and mental health emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- List some of the key themes from Catholic Social Teaching and discuss a Catholic understanding of social responsibility and solidarity and apply these to a pandemic response of spiritual accompaniment.
- Articulate the Catholic understandings of spiritual suffering and hope and how these concepts can assist a chaplaincy response to the pandemic.
(recommended books, articles, or websites for participants to review prior to the workshop)
– None recommended by the workshop presenter(s)
(items to be brought to the workshop and/or presentation materials)
– none required
The NACC categorizes workshops on three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The definitions of each level are provided below.
Beginner: Basic information on the topic for those with little background in the area.
Intermediate: Basic plus additional information on the topic for those with some background in the area.
Advanced: Specialized information on the topic for those with extensive experience and/or knowledge in the area.
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