This September, Pastoral Care Ministry will offer an 18 hour Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training providing information on defining normal grief, identifying gender differences in grieving, discussing the impact of religion, spirituality and culture on grief/grieving, identifying coping mechanisms and destructive ways of coping, interviewing and screening participants, basics of facilitation, dealing with problem participants, experiencing and evaluating a mock group, identifying means of self-care for facilitators and bereavement resources. Training sessions include information on discernment and boundaries, presentations, interactive exercises, readings, prayer and reflection.
Sessions are 9am – 3pm:
Friday, September 22
Friday September 29
Saturday, September 30
The training is held at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet-Shaker Rd. (Rt. 155), Latham, NY 12110.
$100 program fee includes all 3 sessions, a book and handout materials.
Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Registration deadline: Monday, August 21st, 2017.
All faith traditions welcome.
To register or information, please visit: http://www.rcda.org/Offices/pastoral_care_ministry/events.asp ; email: Maria.Schollenberger@rcda.org or call (518) 641-6818.
Albany Diocesan Cemeteries Pastoral Care Ministry strives to identify, encourage and support the ongoing need for dignified and compassionate spiritual care of the sick, elderly, dying and bereaved. We embrace the gospel and our Diocesan vision statement “We are God’s people sharing a responsibility to witness God’s unconditional love and bring God’s healing presence to our world.”
This mission is expressed in offering formation & skill building training and ongoing enrichment/education opportunities for Pastoral Care Ministers & Bereavement Ministers, as well as days of reflection, and pastoral care resources for ministers to the sick, dying, bereaved, their staff and familial caregivers. Additionally, the office provides consultation, referrals and educational materials.