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Events for September 19, 2013

Spirituality as a Resource for Trauma Professionals: Community Reception

September 19, 2013 7:00pm-9:00pm

Description: Join Iliff for a community reception for trauma professionals featuring Professor Kenneth Pargament, world renowned expert on religious coping, speaking on “Keeping Our Own Heads Above Water “ – spirituality as a resource for trauma professionals. The reception will launch and benefit the Larry Graham Scholarship Fund for Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care Students. Graham, professor of pastoral theology and care, has been a vital member of the Iliff staff for 35 years. Reception is funded by a grant from The Colorado Trust.

Trauma professionals are themselves at risk for serious psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, burnout, and suicidality. Although professionals have become increasingly aware of the value of spirituality as a resource for trauma victims and survivors, spirituality represents a potentially important resource for providers as well. This presentation will focus on spiritual resources that can help sustain trauma professionals through the challenges of their work.

Panel Presenter and Participants:

  • 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, Psy. D., 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 Graham, PhD, professor of pastoral theology and care, Iliff faculty member since 1977, past vice president and dean of academic affairs

Praxis Course: Join Iliff students for a one and a half day praxis course (Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21) taught by Ken Pargament, Annette Mahoney, and Iliff professors Carrie Doehring and Larry Kent Graham.

Traumatic experiences have an immediate and long-lasting impact on the ultimate beliefs and core values of survivors. Religion and spirituality can be a resource or a roadblock for survivors, in complex and multifaceted ways. This praxis demonstrates a multi-disciplinary team approach to spiritually-integrated care that draws upon an empirically-based applied psychology of religion and an intercultural approach to spiritual and pastoral care. Case studies will explore why religious beliefs, values and spiritual practices need to be explored with survivors, and how they can become unique resources for long-term spiritual integration and resiliency. This praxis is designed for religious, mental health, medical and emergency room care givers and is a fall quarter course for Iliff students.

Weekend learners are welcome to take the course as non-credit; $150/Friday only (6.5 contact hours); $200/Friday & Saturday (10 contact hours). Participants must register for the praxis through the dean’s office by Sept. 16: Leslie Inman, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 303-765-3183

Date: Reception & Discussion: Thursday, September 19, 7-9 p.m.

Location: Iliff School of Theology, Great Hall, 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210

Info/Contact: Reception Tickets: $50/person. Proceeds benefit the Larry Kent Graham Scholarship. Register online: or contact Marsena Holsopple, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 303-765-3122. Register by Sept. 16.