The Chaplain as Caregiver: Exploring Strengths and Pitfalls of Caregiving
Pre-Conference 4-Hour Workshop
Friday, May 31, 2019
Workshop Level: Beginner*
NACC Certification Competencies: ITP1, ITP3, PIC1, PIC3
Edward M. Smink, PhD, BCC
President, Soul of the Wounded Healer
Who are the caregivers? We all are, for at the heart of being human is the capacity to care, to reach out to others and explore the relationships we build. We care for our children, our parents, our relatives, friends, clients, strangers, and patients. Caregiving is broad in scope and covers a diversity of occupations and professions such as healthcare professionals, physicians, nurses, therapists, health-care workers, chaplains, mission leaders, pastors, coaches and first responders. A fundamental core component of our busy lives is the necessity to stop and rest to ponder, reflect, and grow from our experiences.
As a result of this workshop, participants will:
- Expand their awareness of the universal and mythological underpinnings of the Soul of Caregiving.
- Explore the strengths and pitfalls of being a caregiver.
- Be able to avoid compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary stress through building the skills of compassion resilience.
Educational Materials (recommended books, articles, or websites for participants to review prior to the workshop)
- The Soul of Caregiving: A Caregiver’s Guide to Healing and Transformation
- www.caregiver.com – go to book club and listen to interview about the Soul of Caregiving
- www.soulofthewoundedhealer.com – go to blog and read “Caregivers experience compassion fatigue because they care”
Presentation Materials (items to be brought to the workshop and/or presentation materials)
PF1 ~ Caregiver Profile
PF1 ~ The Soul Of Caregiving
PF1 ~ Caregivers Experience Compassion Fatique Because They Care