Prepare to better serve your meeting community through providing pastoral care. We will consider care for Friends who are home bound, hospitalized, terminally ill, newly bereaved or grieving. We'll explore approaches to helping troubled or disruptive members, or those with mental health problems. This workshop will provide skill-building and experience-sharing opportunities, guidelines, and other resources. Participants may expect to leave the workshop feeling empowered and better prepared to minister to individual Friends, and thereby support the Spiritual health of their meeting communities.
Bruce Heckman, M.Div., PhD., is a recently retired Hospice Chaplain, and a long-time member of Pastoral Care and Ministry committees in the Yellow Springs (OH) Friends Meeting. He provides counseling and psychotherapy in private practice, and is a former Clinical Director of an addictions treatment center. He has worked in college counseling centers at Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan, and the University of Texas at Austin. He has led workshops at FGC Gatherings, and is a member of Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling.