Retelling Stories of the Traumatized: What Works, What Doesn't

WhenThursday, October 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM
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WhereEdwards House Meetings & Retreat Center
1 Badger Road
Framingham, MA 01702

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A Disaster Resource Workshop for Clergy

  In this workshop facilitated by Christina Belogour (see bio at right), clergy will briefly review a few basics of trauma and disaster work (e.g., the physiology of stress, trauma statistics, trauma types and disaster phases).

Trauma survivors were invited to share with the instructor those things they each would like to relay to "a room full of clergy" regarding ministry to other trauma survivors. Their stories will highlight which interventions seem helpful and less helpful in practice.

Participants will discuss ways in which productive trauma responses are informed by particular interventions like mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavior therapy. In addition, you will explore both clergy self-care and to what degree clergy might prepare or “spiritually inoculate” their flocks for the possibility of crisis. Participants should expect to engage in interactive exercises.

The cost is $35 per person, which includes lunch and coffee/tea.
Register by Sept. 29, 2017 here.   Download a flyer here.

Need more information about program content? Contact Fred Meade. Difficulty registering? Contact Karen Methot.
Sponsored by the Disaster Resource and Response Team


9:00 - Registration/Coffee
9:30 - Worship 
10-12 - Program Content
12-1:30 - Lunch 
1:30-3:30 - Program Content
3:30-4:00 - Closing 

Christina Belogour is co-leader of the Pastoral Counseling Center at Myrtle Baptist Church in West Newton, MA. She is an adjunct psychology professor at Bay Path University and was associate pastor at First Baptist Boston.
She holds a Ph.D. in pastoral psychology from Boston University.