Seminars, Workshops, and Education
Half Day Conferences
18, 2001 - 9:00 A.M.- 12:00 P.M.
PreC1 - Trauma
Healing and Transformation: Awakening a New Heart with Body-Mind-Spirit
Practices Patricia M. Cane, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of
Capacitar, Inc., Watsonville, CA This 3-hour pre-conference seminar
will discuss some current theories on trauma, present research and findings
on the use of energy practices with the individuals studied, and will
teach several body-mind-spirit practices which can be effectively used
by nurses, caregivers, counselors, clergy, health educators, and those
working with persons affected by traumatic stress.
of Life Decision Making and Medical Futility Diann B. Uustal, RN, MS,
Ed.D., Educational Resources in Healthcare, Inc., Jamestown, RI Dr.
Uustal's contributions in the areas of the ethic of care, clinical ethical
decision making and ethical issues in health care are widelyrecognized
in the nursing and medical professions. Hear this highly sought after
speaker and educator as she provides you with information that will
enhance your ability to reason ethically and help strengthen your role
as a patient advocate.
1:30 P.M.- 4:30
PreC3 - Healing
Our World- Personal and Communal Transformation with Body-Mind-Spirit
Practices Patricia M. Cane, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, Capacitar,
Inc., Watsonville, CA This 3-hour hands-on pre-conference seminar will
teach simple Tai Chi movements, breathing exercises, guided visualization,
acupressure points for centering and alleviating pain, and Pal Dan Gum
movements for balancing energy flows in the body.
PreC4 - Journaling
Your Way through Grief Gail E. Kittleson, BA, MA, Author/Proprietor,
The Sometimes Line, Greene, IA Grief and loss are components of much
illness; health ministers can learn practical, simple journaling techniques
to aid them and their patients in the recovery process. You will analyze
individual core beliefs and bereavement experiences by practicing journaling
skills which enhance healingís creative process. Basic information regarding
the value of journal writing in everyday life will also be presented.
Full Day Pre-Conferences
18, 2001 - 9:00 A.M.- 4:30 P.M. (including 90 minute lunch break)
PreC5 - Journey
Mapping: Evaluating Health Ministry Programs Barry Kibel, Ph.D., Pacific
Institute for Research and Evaluation, Calverton, MD This session will
provide participants with an in-depth understanding and appreciation
for Journey Mapping, an Internet-based management and evaluation tool
that has received widespread popularity and acceptance by parish nursing
and other community health programs nationwide. Included in this session
will be a guided tour of the Internet application with special attention
focused on parish nursing, health ministry and other community health
PreC6 - Sacred
Spaces, Sacred Lives, Bethann Witcher, Ph.D., Global Health Action,
Atlanta, GA Health ministry is not about place; it is about sacred space.
This workshop examines multiple meanings of sacred space; the sacred
space within each of us, the sacred space of community and the sacred
space of place. Participants will identify and assemble symbolic objects
into their own personal altar.
PreC7 - The
Role of the Congregation in Health, David Hilton, M.D., Ecumenical Health
Ministries, Clarkston, GA By linking the definition of health with sacred
scriptures, participants will see why the church is the real ìworld
health organizationî. Exploring the underlying causes of disease will
reveal the urgent need for the faith community to address the non-medical
aspects of health. This workshop will help you build a bridge between
religious practices and medical knowledge, explore ways that they are
symbiotic in bringing health to individuals and communities, and plan
healing ministry activities accordingly.
19, 2001 - 11:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M.
Congregations through Health Ministries- Part 1 Abigail Rian Evans,
M. Div., Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ This workshop
will equip pastors, lay leaders and health ministers to analyze health
needs of their congregations and begin new programs to meet those needs.
You will examine the way congregations address health issues, in terms
of understanding their own mission and ministry, as well as the styles
of pastoral leadership, training of laity for a health ministry and
steps to starting new ministries.
Seminars S1 -
Contemplative Prayer as Energy Medicine Sharon E. Trekell, Ph.D., MS,
Soulwork, Beavercreek, OH This is a seminar for Christians seeking a
way to integrate their belief in Jesus Christ with their interest in
energy medicine. Using words of Jesus from the Gospel of John, participants
will learn a form of centering prayer to bless body, mind, heart and
soul. Dr. Trekell has also designed a small strand of Contemplative
Christian Centering Beads to be used as ìsacramentalsî (an outward symbol
for an inner grace) to assist those learning this new form of centering
S2 - Expanding
the Role of the Laity in Health Ministries W. Daniel Hale, Ph.D., Stetson
University, DeLand, FL This seminar will present a model used to train
laity to coordinate health education and patient advocacy programs within
their congregations. This model, developed with the assistance of faculty
form the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been successfully
implemented in diverse congregations and communities. It brings together
the resources of local congregations with those of medical professionals
S3 - Lifetime
Imprints of Perinatal Loss Alana Roush, RNC, TriHealth, Cincinnati,
OH Perinatal loss deeply affects parents, siblings, and extended family,
not just at the time of loss but for years to come. They begin a grief
journey that is generally not understood and often not acknowledged.
Learn how perinatal loss affects parents and other family members, and
the current concepts of care.
S4 - Make
Aging a Plus: Improving the Health of Older Adults through Health Ministry
Karen Shelnutt, RN, BSN, El Dorado County Federated Church, Placerville,
CA Make Aging a Plus is a program that addresses the spiritual, emotional,
physical and environmental needs of older adults through health ministry.
This seminar will provide for discussion of factors that determine ìsuccessful
agingî, and look at creative programs and approaches that can improve
the journey of aging for members of congregations and communities.
S5 - Mind-Body
Approaches for Co-Development of Faith and Health Marie A. Sutton, Ph.D.,
MB, B.Chir., CHTP, Integrated Being, Cincinnati, OH Mind-body techniques
offer a flexible, effective approach to health ministries for individual
and group health skill development and for broader faith exploration
and associated health benefits. This experiential session will provide
attendees with a broad view of such techniques, with emphasis placed
on mind-body-spirit aspects and the impact of faith, beliefs and prayer
on health and healing.
S6 - Documentation-
³The Dark Side² William (Rick) Parker, MSN, St. Elizabeth Medical Center,
Edgewood, KY Dee Lorenz, RN, St. Thomas Parish, Fort Thomas, KY From
a humorous viewpoint, Rick will present nursing documentation and explain
the reasons why parish nurses and health ministers need to document.
Dee will walk you through the development process of her churchís health
ministry program and the evolution of their computerized documentation.
Both Rick and Dee will discuss ways to garner support and grow your
Papers P1 -
Reiki- Connecting with the Spirit Margaret Boehmer, Reiki Master and
Teacher, Original Equilibrium, Ft. Wright, KY Reiki is an ancient form
of healing touch that enables us to surrender buried emotions that block
our energy centers so that we can live joyful, vital, healthy lives
with love and with freedom from anxiety, worry and fear. This presentation
on Reiki will cover the history and principles of Reiki, an explanation
of what Reiki is and how it is conducted, the relationship of energy
with the cells of our body, and an exercise in experiencing the energy
in our bodies.
Music in Your Health Ministry Tami Briggs, Therapeutic Harpist, Musical
Reflections, Inc., Eden Prairie, MN According to the medical professionís
own survey, one out of three Americans is seeking alternative healing
methods. Millions of people are tired of invasive, costly, potentially
harmful treatments in which the remedy is often worse than the disease.
This session will discuss the use of music as a complementary care healing
modality in your health ministry.
19, 2001, 3:00- 4:00 P.M. Workshop:
W2 - Transforming
Congregations through Health Ministries- Part 2 Abigail Rian Evans,
M.Div., Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ This is
the second hour of a 2-hour workshop. Please see description of W1 for
Seminars S7 -
Called to Heal with Hands and Heart Linda L. Smith, RN, MS, HNC, CHTP,
CHTI, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Program, Arvada, CO This seminar
will explore the flow of healing energy (Godís grace) when we touch
with a clear intention of the heart to be an instrument of Godís healing
for another. The ancient form of the laying-on of hands found in all
spiritual paths is finding its way back into our modern life. Participants
will experience together the flow of healing energy through this simple
form of touching with intention.
S8 - Empowering
Women in Childbirth: A Theological Approach Peg Conway, MS, Art of Birthing
Center of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH The experience of giving birth
is a profound rite of passage in a womanís life, physically, emotionally
and spiritually. But in our technological culture, birth is considered
strictly a medical event and frequently is discussed only in terms of
the procedures or interventions that are used or avoided. This session
will provide participants with a practical, theological framework for
speaking of childbirth, especially the pain of labor, and suggest an
approach to childbirth preparation that is truly holistic.
S9 - Homebound
and Refusing Help: Caring for the Spiritual, Emotional and Physical
Needs of Elderly Isolated Parishioners Kathleen C. Blanchfield, Ph.D.,
RN, St. Michael Parish/Advocate Health Care, Orland Park, IL Every congregation
has frail, elderly individuals who can become isolated in their homes.
Breaking this isolation can be very difficult for family, friends and
neighbors, especially if shame and pride are involved. Emphasis in this
seminar will be placed on exploring spiritual care as a vital element
in addressing the needs of isolated elderly parishioners and on strategies
for demonstrating the relationship between faith and health while reaching
out to isolated individuals.
S10 - Theology
of Care John Trokan, D. Min., College of Mt. St. Joseph, Cincinnati,
OH Care is the basic constitutive element of our humanity and of health
ministry. This seminar will examine the underlying Theology of Care
operative in health ministries and will explore the spiritual dimensions
of care, including the role of community/congregation in the healing
S11 - Stressbusting
for the Faith Community Jeani Pienkoski, M.Ed., MATS, BS, RN, Novant
Health, Charlotte, NC The stressors of life play a significant role
in our health and well-being. Stress comes in all shapes and sizes and
so does its treatment. Methods of putting our faith beliefs to work
in coping with the stress of life are learned in this interactive session.
S12 - The
Parish Nurse: A Regional Profile Ann Farley, MS, RNC, Holy Redeemer
Health System, Meadowbrook, PA Louise Beebe-Thornton, RN, BSN, MSN,
Merck and Co., Whitehouse Station, NJ The relationship between faith
and health forms the foundation for parish nurse ministry. Health ministry
for the parish nurse is a marriage of ministry and professional nursing.
This presentation will examine the survey data from a small sample of
parish nurses and clergy and place it in the context of professional
education and practice within the faith community.
Papers P3 -
Facing Forward: Spiritual Strategies to Develop a Healthy Lifestyle
Lynn Faria, BA, MA, Health Ministry Partnership, Meriden, CT Participants
will learn how to develop a spiritually mindful program, including elements
of self-care and problems of stress. Topics include, but are not limited
to, use of the Relaxation Response, visualization, guided meditation,
exercise and choosing food for the body, mind and spirit.
P4 - Stories
to Encourage You to Listen to Your Heart Nancy Rafter, RN, Parish Nurse,
St. Mary's Church, Franklin, MA As parish nurses we are called to be
there to care for others, to be present for others. As we go forth to
minister to those in need, we must listen to the Spirit and let it guide
us to both planned and unplanned activities of the day. By listening
to the Spirit, we are guided to meet people's needs which are known
to God but are unknown to us. The Spirit guides us through our days
of caring and our lives of ministry.
20, 2001 - 9:00 A.M.- 10:00 A.M. Workshop
W3 - Starting
a Health Ministry Program with Parish Nursing- Part 1 Kathy Scott, RN,
MA, Bay Area Health Ministries, Los Gatos, CA Lois Peacock, RN, BSN,
San Francisco, CA This workshop will examine health ministry and parish
nursing for those beginning a program or those who wish to enhance an
existing program. Participants will explore the various roles of the
parish nurse, as well as the different models of parish nursing/health
ministry, and will write a plan for the first steps of developing a
health ministry in their own congregation.
S13 - Awakening to the Call of Family Caregivers Eugene McClory,
MA, Catholic Social Services of Southwestern Ohio, Cincinnati, OH Rod
Huber, MSW, LISW, Catholic Social Services of Southwestern Ohio, Cincinnati,
OH This seminar will outline the conception, development and implementation
of an area-wide program of integrated free services for primarily aging
family caregivers. The presenters will highlight replicable aspects
of the relatively low-cost program established by a not-for-profit agency
with trained volunteer service providers and limited paid staff.
S14 - Keeping
Souls in Motion: Parish Nurse as Spiritual Kinesiologist Donna L. Teper,
RN, BS, Provena Wellness Center, Elgin, IL This presentation will explore
methods of spiritual exercise to encourage spiritual growth with a focus
on rituals, interdependency, ìchair exerciseî, using an assessment wheel
as a tool to identify spiritual distress, the nurseís role in spiritual
care and joy journaling. Participants will gain skill in developing
individualized spiritual exercise programs for all adults.
S15 - Make
a Joyfilled Noise Unto God Joy Ruth Cohen, Ph.D., RN, CNM, CNAA, CCHT,
Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT Carol R. Darcy, MSN, RN, Canton, Ohio
In this seminar, ³healing² will be defined and explored through scriptures.
The relationship between healing and eastern and western approaches
to health care, cultural considerations, and allopathic and complementary
modalities of care will be discovered as the group appreciates the theological
basis of health ministry.
S16 - Journaling
Your Way Through Grief Gail E. Kittleson, BA, MA, The Sometimes Line,
Greene, IA Even professionals are often surprised and overwhelmed by
the intensity of pain and anguish in peoplesí responses to loss. This
interactive seminar will provide tools for caregivers to use in processing
their own losses as well as helping those they serve deal with pain
S17 - Promoting
the Faith-Health Connection within the Family Virginia M. Wepfer, MSN,
RN,C, Wendan Health Ministries Resource Center, Lake Milton, OH The
family of origin is the first place of spiritual formation for individuals.
Most individuals are unaware that their attitudes toward faith, health
and illness were developed within the context of their family. Examining
the development of these attitudes helps the health minister/parish
nurse to understand their own beliefs, as well as those of the parishioners
S18 - Remembering
Who and Whose I Am Jerry D. Wright, D. Min., Indianapolis, IN This seminar
will teach participants to discern fear as a significant component in
any crisis situation, to name fear in its various guises and to remember
to neutralize fearful appearances using affirmative prayer. The presenter
will explain and demonstrate the process of affirmative, healing prayer
and participants will have the opportunity to practice applying this
prayer strategy to a situation.
Papers P5 -
Why Do We Volunteer? A Reflection on Volunteer Parish Nurses Faith Bresnan
Roberts, BSN, CRRN, Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL Do volunteer
parish nurses differ from those who are paid? This presentation will
focus on the many nurses who choose to practice parish nursing on a
volunteer basis. Participants will also explore a model of cooperation
between a health care institution and community congregations which
allows a true partnership to emerge between pastor and parish nurse
without any perceived intrusion by the health care entity.
P6 - A Personal
Medical Information Notebook for Use in Congregations Gail B. Holcombe,
RN, MS, Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, Des Moines, IA Assisting individuals
to organize their medical records can be a very important aspect of
health ministries within a faith community. Each participant in this
paper presentation will receive a copy of the medical information notebook
and a teaching guide that can be copied or adapted for use in a congregational
10:30 A.M.- 11:30
W4 - Starting
a Health Ministry Program with Parish Nursing- Part 2 Kathy Scott, RN,
MA and Lois Peacock, RN, BS This is the second hour of a two-hour workshop.
Please see description of W3 for details.
- A Sacred Journey: Health Ministry to Adult Children Struggling
to Care for Elderly Parents Kathleen C. Blanchfield, Ph.D., RN, Advocate
Health Care, Orland Park, IL Providing care for your parents can present
one of lifeís greatest challenges and rewards. Adult children need to
care for themselves if they are going to be able to care for their elderly
parents. This seminar will identify and discuss health ministry strategies
for integrating reverence for the sacred journey of adult child caregivers,
while ministering to their need for practical help.
S20 - Answering
the Call to Health Ministry with the Deaf Deborah Greener, Ph.D., RN,
Towson University, Towson, MD This seminar will provide information
about barriers to health literacy and health care access, the use of
interpreters, community resources, health education adaptations and
spirituality. The importance of American Sign Language will be discussed,
and participants will learn several phrases and prayers in ASL. This
seminar is important for all health ministers who are committed to serving
the needs of all Godís children.
S21 - Awakening
to the Call to Include Bereavement Follow-Up in Parish Nursing/Health
Ministry Practice Sarah E. Giffen, MSN, CNM, RN, Gahanna, OH Grief is
a universal experience during which persons frequently seek out support
from their faith communities. The parish nurse is in a unique position
to provide information, counseling and support during this time. This
seminar will present strategies to assist the parish nurse in following
bereaved parishioners. A survey of central Ohio parish nurses will describe
the current involvement of parish nurses.
S22 - Bringing
Prayer and Presence Together: Be Still and Know That I Am God Faith
Bresnan Roberts, BSN, CRRN, Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL Parish
nurses are asked to model a healthy body-mind-spirit connection to their
faith congregations. This can only happen if the nurse is able to make
this same connection in his/her own life. This seminar will ask parish
nurses to take a moment from their busy lives to reflect on Godís presence
in their souls.
S23 - Health
Ministry as a Sacred Journey: Connecting Parish Nurse Tasks, Spiritual
Journey and Community Context Jacki Belile, M.Div., and Jan McCabe,
M.Div., Advocate Ravenswood Hospital, Chicago, IL This seminar will
explore the development of an educational and spiritual support system
for parish nurses, which actively encourages the formation of collegial
support, ministerial identity and confident broad utilization of community-wide
resources. Attendees will gain the resources to articulate more clearly
where their own support systems can be enhanced, and will receive the
tools and encouragement to deepen their understanding of their health
ministry as a sacred journey.
S24 - Spirituality
through Art Therapy: Mandala- Discovering the Source Anne Rettig, CHTP,
MA, Expressive Arts Therapist, Loveland, OH Jung described a mandala
as containing ìthe innermost godlike essence of man.î It stands for
the deity as well as the self since it reflects the image of the godhead
in the unfolded creation in nature and man. Participants will be given
a variety of art materials with which to create an image of a mandala
which will be symbolic of their inner and outer sources of strength.
Papers P7 -
Community Based Support for Health Ministry Katora P. Campbell, RN,
MSN, MPH, Partners for a Healthy Community, Anderson, SC Partners for
a Healthy Community: Health Ministry/Parish Nurse Program is a model
that can be replicated in other communities. Coordination of health
ministries is the linking of faith and health entities on three levels:
community, congregational, and individual. Attendees will be able to
describe a process for formation of community based health ministry
coordination and state the advantages of a community based health ministry
P8 - An Educational
Program for the Congregational Health Minister Virginia Wepfer, MSN,
RN,C, Wendan Health Ministries Resources Center, Lake Milton, OH Lay
persons who provide health ministry to parishioners need to be educated
in the concepts of health ministry and the roles of health minister
and parish nurse. This paper presentation will describe the content
of a basic program to educate congregational health ministers. Additional
types of programs and resources for such programs will also be presented.
A Tuesday Evening
Event: "Back to the Future" Join your fellow Parish Nurses and Health
Ministers for an evening event revisiting the 1950's. Dig out your
lettersweaters, saddle oxfords, and poodle skirts and get ready to rock-n-roll!
This fantastic evening is for conference attendees and will be the perfect
opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends and meet some new ones.
This event is the perfect place to share your favorite stories, enjoy
fine dining, dance or relax. Get ready to have fun!