Reflecting on Trauma: Identifying, Healing, Caring
Associate Pastor Kate Dunn convenes A Circle of Caregiving, a monthly discussion group that explores the techniques of pastoral care and the variety of needs—mental health issues, end-of-life decisions, spiritual concerns and more—that arise in a community of faith.
A Circle of Caregiving also provides opportunities for participants to provide pastoral care to FAPC members and friends on call. Read more about this ministry here.
About this month's meeting: The word "trauma" is used to describe experiences or situations that are emotionally painful and distressing, that overwhelm our ability to cope and leave us feeling powerless. Trauma theory has evolved through studies of Vietnam veterans, Holocaust survivors, abused women and children, refugees and other survivor groups. How can we recognize signs of trauma in ourselves and others? How can we provide a caring, supportive presence, both one on one and as a congregation? Our instructors are the Rev. Shari Brink, president, and Ann Springer, LCSW, with the Blanton Peale Institute and Counseling Center in Manhattan.
RSVP requested: Stephanie Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org).