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Friday, May 14 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Spiritual Care + Domestic Violence + Pandemics: Emerging Insights on Sensitivities to Race, Tradition, and Gender

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This workshop will feature film series excerpts from recently released HEALING THE HEALERS Preparing and Supporting Faith Leaders: Domestic Violence, as well as a panel discussion with spiritual care providers featured in, or contributing to, the episodes and accompanying written guides.  Though domestic abuse is not a new topic for mental health and spiritual care professionals, updated multimedia resources for faith leaders with more contemporary sensitivities to race, religious tradition, and gender expression are scarce.  In addition to the COVID-19 dynamics of social and fiscal isolation resulting in compounding pandemics for anyone experiencing domestic violence, what should counselors, clinicians, and caregivers keep in mind when providing care in contexts that attend to spiritual and religious components?

Workshop learning objectives: 

  • Learners will be equipped with emerging, updated tools for anyone providing care and counseling from a faith perspective for victims of domestic violence.  
  • Learners will acquire insights as to common uses and misuses of sacred texts and religious traditions in providing care for victims of domestic violence, including examination of complex issues surrounding gender, power, violence, forgiveness and accountability. 
  • Learners will generate localized, context-sensitive “contact lists”, identifying strengths in gaps in their understanding of how to liaison with appropriate local professionals (law enforcement, domestic violence advocates). 
  • Learners will be equipped with best care practices sensitive to racialized health disparities and the disproportionate impact domestic violence has on communities of color.   

About HEALING THE HEALERS Preparing and Supporting Faith Leaders: Domestic Violence: This timely video series includes 4 episodes of filmed peer-to-peer conversations between faith leaders sensitively navigating the complexities surrounding domestic violence and faith.  Each episode encourages faith leaders and spiritual care providers with strategies for cultivating safe houses of worship and care contexts for victims and survivors, highlighting the dynamics of race, gender, and faith traditions.  Featured faith leaders include survivors of domestic violence, and leaders with experience constructing systemic care solutions for all affected.  A written guide accompanies the series, produced in partnership with leading experts and organizations.  This series brings emerging insights and themed care strategies to every leader, educator or care provider responding to domestic violence.  

Project partners include the FaithTrust Institute, Peaceful Families Project, CONNECT NYC, Soul 2 Soul Sisters, and Safe Haven.  Accompanying written guide includes a diverse array of experts in pastoral care, as well as ACPE Outcomes + APC Competencies tagging, supporting chaplaincy education uses.

Friday May 14, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm PDT
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