June 18, 25, and July 2, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
A fundamental connection between personal and communal well-being exists, yet too often attention is not given to the caregiver. In this class, we will explore physiological, pastoral, and behavioral facets of compassion fatigue. For caregivers to be effective, they must be able to listen carefully what they are experiencing in their own bodies. This kind of self-awareness makes it possible for caregivers to notice when they are feeling stress, fatigue, or burnout and to take practical steps to address these challenges.
This online 3-part series is geared toward clergy, ministry leaders, and mental health professionals. CEs will be available for licensed social workers, professional counselors, and marriage/family therapists. CEUs will be available for clergy and laity.
Co-sponsored with Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. Support provided by Desert Ministries Inc., and its founding director, the late Rev. Dr. Richard M. Cromie.
Upon completion of this class, participants should be able to:
Leanna Fuller is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Care at Pittsburgh Theological Seminariy (PTS) She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.), Vanderbilt Divinity School (M.Div.), and Furman University (B.A.). Her most recent book is titled When Christ’s Body is Broken: Anxiety, Identity, and Conflict in Congregations (Wipf and Stock, 2016). Fuller has earned numerous fellowships, awards, and honors. She was selected to participate in the 2018-19 Convocation of Christian Leaders program sponsored by Leadership Education at Duke Divintiy School, as well as the 2016-2017 Wabash Center Workshop for Early Career Theological School Faculty. Fuller’s most recent conference paper, “One Body, Many Parts: An Ecclesiology for Churches in Conflict” was presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. Dr. Fuller has professional experience in both congregational ministry and chaplaincy, and her primary research areas include conflict in faith communities, group dynamics in congregations, and clergy self-care.
Matthew F. Muldoon is a board-certified internist who has long directed the Hypertension Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, while also serving as a primary care provider at the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System. He is the founding director of the Heart and Vascular Institute’s Hypertension Center which serves as a regional referral center for severe, secondary and otherwise problematic blood pressure disorders. Dr. Muldoon, a Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, conducts clinical research examining the interface of behavioral and biological risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular risk conveyed by hypertension, lipid disorders, insulin resistance and pre-clinical atherosclerosis are studied in relation to individual differences health behaviors (diet and exercise), cognition (attention, working memory, executive function, and impulsivity) and in mood (depression and anxiety).
Donna M. Posluszny is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Associate Director of Training for the Biobehavioral Medicine in Oncology Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is also a clinical psychologist who is board-certified in Clinical Health Psychology and who has conducted psychosocial and behavioral research in various cancer populations. She is particularly interested in how the patient and caregiver work together to adhere to patient care plans. Most recently she completed an NIH funded prospective, longitudinal study examining how hematologic malignancy patients and family caregivers adhere to the medical regimen for allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) post hospital discharge. Presently, Dr. Posluszny is examining psychosocial and behavioral strategies to help HCT patients and family caregivers manage each component of the post-HCT regimen together, and thus improve psychological and health outcomes. She is also developing a pilot study investigating the family caregiver’s role at the hospital, while the patient is admitted for a long period of time, e.g., one month.
Joanne Spence is a certified yoga therapist and owner of Urban Oasis Pittsburgh. She is also a recent graduate of PTS where her master’s work focused on spiritual formation, pastoral care, and forming her own theology of the body. Her master’s thesis tackled the intersection of Christian contemplative practice, practical theology, and breathing practices for middle-school-aged children. She is now taking that academic work into schools and hospitals—including at Pittsburgh’s VA, where she teaches therapeutic chair yoga to veterans seeking inpatient behavioral health treatment. Specializing in the use of breathing exercises and gentle movement, Joanne employs yoga to address people’s symptoms of depression and anxiety. “Determined to remain God’s open vessel,” Joanne envisions future work that may also involve teaching at the graduate level, writing books, and missional work locally and in Asia.
Registration for this event is required but is free to all participants except for those requesting CEUs for licensure. We do not want anyone to be unable to participate in this program, however, if you are able to submit a registration fee, there are suggested amounts of $25 and $50 are available upon checkout. We will use all collected funds to underwrite future programs like this.
To register for:
CEs for licensed professionals: $10
This online event will be a 3-part series held via ZOOM. Details about the ZOOM link will be provided by mid-June.
0.6 CEUs will be available upon request for clergy and laity. 6.0 CEs will be available for licensed social workers, marriage/family therapists, and professional counselors for an additional $10 when selected during registration process.
CEs will be available for licensed social workers, marriage/family therapists, and professional counselors. Payment is an optional item selected during the checkout process at the time of registration. If you are a nurse, CRC, MD, psychologist or other professional who gets continuing education credits other than the ones listed above and would like credits for this event, please check with your board as to whether they will accept these credits. PPI is happy to provide you with a CE certificate but its validity will depend on your board’s approval. Thank you!
Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6727. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. These programs are being offered for 6.0 NBCC continuing education clock hours.
E-mail ConEd@pts.edu or call 412-924-1345.
June 18, 25, and July 2, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m
Taunya Marie Tinsley, PhD, DMin, NCC, LPC
A trauma-informed and resilient approach is one where communities, organizations, programs and systems: (1) realizes the prevalence and impact of trauma, (2) recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in individuals, families and groups, (3) responds by integrating the knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures and practices, and (4) resists practices that could cause more harm (SAMHSA, 2018). These monthly on-line workshops are designed to assist participants with increasing their awareness and knowledge of trauma, including psychological trauma and vicarious trauma, and the key principles of a trauma-informed approach. Additionally, these monthly online workshops are designed to provide practical and evidence-based techniques and skills for how ministers, community leaders, and mental health professionals can develop trauma-informed and resilient communities.
A professional group of Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute staff who offer training in their respective areas of expertise. The members of the bureau work collaboratively to construct individual seminars to provide the community up to ten hours of continuing education opportunity.
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