September 20 - September 21
Praxis: Spiritual Resources for Coping with Trauma, Ken Pargament
Description: “Spiritual Care Praxis: Spiritual Practices, Values and Beliefs in the Aftermath of Trauma“ is a 2-day praxis learning experience that will focus on PTSD and how spiritual practices, values and beliefs in the aftermath of trauma help not only the survivors but those who care for them. Led by Ken Pargament, PHD, and Annette Mahoney, PHD, professors of psychology of religion, Bowling Green State University, and Iliff professors Carrie Doehring and Larry Kent Graham. The praxis seminar will be open to Iliff students and those in the community who provide trauma care – religious leaders, mental health, and medical care providers.
Tragically, Denver has experienced the impact and ripple effects of some of the worst mass shootings in the past 15 years: notably, the Columbine School and Aurora Theater shootings. It is also home to numerous military bases and Veterans’ Administration offices, offering care to military services members and veterans coping with military posttraumatic stress (PTSD). Participants will be challenged initially to look at how they, as care providers, might draw on spiritual resources to help them cope with the secondary trauma of providing care for survivors. This praxis curriculum provides a model for continuing education for religious, mental health, medical and emergency room care givers, using cutting edge research and theories of how spiritual resources and values are unique resources for coping with trauma.
In addition to the course, a benefit reception for religious, business and community leaders in public and mental health arenas – professionals working with trauma victims – will alert them to the need for this kind of continuing education. The theories and research done by leading psychologists of religion like Ken Pargament are deeply resonant with the mission of the Samaritan Institute, and also with the contributions made by R.J. Ross and Larry Kent Graham, who have provided key leadership in pastoral and spiritual care for 40 years. The reception will launch the Larry Kent Scholarship in Pastoral and Spiritual Care, Iliff.
The Friday evening reception and program will feature a dialogue among:
- Kenneth Pargament, PhD, Distinguished Scholar, the Institute for Spirituality and Health, Texas Medical Center, and professor of clinical psychology, Bowling Green State University
- Rev. Robert C. Leivers, DMin., president/CEO, Samaritan Institute, ordained minister, Presbyterian Church (USA), and reserve chaplain, U.S. Air Force
- Curt H. Drennen, PsyD., a licensed clinical psychologist, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, a registered nurse, and executive committee member of the 7/20 Recovery Committee, promoting health in the aftermath of the Aurora Theater Shooting
- Kathryn Beauchamp, MD, chief of neurosurgery at Denver Health Medical Center; assistant professor department of neurosurgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine; and a member of the Denver Health Ethics Board
- Larry Kent Graham, PhD, professor of pastoral theology and care, Iliff faculty member since 1977, past vice president and dean of academic affairs
Dr. Pargament and the panel will address spirituality and its unique role in self-care and meaning making as a response to stress. The reception will draw influential leaders in the health care professions from across the Metro-Denver area and provide resources for spiritually-oriented care for both survivors and providers. Proceeds will benefit the Larry Kent Graham Scholarship in Pastoral and Spiritual Care.
Date: Friday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 21, 9-Noon
Don’t miss the Reception and panel discussion: Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Iliff Bartlett Room and Chapel
Location: Iliff School of Theology, Great Hall, 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210