Preparing Caregivers to Work as a Team to Care for Body, Mind, Soul, and Spirit of Sick Persons

A Workshop for Christian Health Providers and Pastoral Caregivers

September 25-27, 2006
Roberts Wesleyan College, N. Chili, NY

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Goal of the Workshop

The development of a team approach to caring for the whole person

The workshop will train Christian health providers and pastoral caregivers in how to provide emotional and spiritual care for sick persons and to integrate this with medical care in the same clinical setting.

The importance of a team approach to whole person care

God made us as whole persons, with body, soul, and spirit. Illness affects the whole person, and care for the whole person is essential for complete healing and restoration to wholeness. This workshop will show Christian health professionals and pastoral caregivers in practice situations domestically and internationally how to combine medical, psychosocial, and spiritual care within a clinical setting. 

Many sick persons have personal, emotional, or family concerns that impact their health or response to illness. Most of them do not need, or cannot afford, professional counseling but can benefit greatly from primary-level emotional and spiritual care and support. Health providers often do not have sufficient time or training for this. With trained caregivers in the office, however, care for mind, soul, and spirit can be integrated with medical care.

Who should attend?

The workshop is designed for students and practicing Christian health providers, counselors, and pastoral caregivers, lay or professional, who wish to integrate in one clinical setting care for physical, emotional, and spiritual concerns of sick people. The focus is on entry-level psychological care and triage.