Sacred Moments: Cultivating a Vital Resource for Care giving
The care giving you do is hard work. What helps you burn brightly rather than burn out? What is the “something special” that helps you do the work that most people say they can’t? What are the things that make you say, “This is why I became a pastor or nurse or therapist or teacher, etc.” No matter who you are or what you do, join us.
Sacred Moments are energizers. They are moments of connection and conversation that touch, transform and fortify our care to the people we serve.
Participants will leave the presentation and be able to:
1). Define and illustrate sacred moments;
2). Describe the benefits of sacred moments for caregivers, those in need of help, and the care giving relationship;
3). Identify barriers to cultivating sacred moments in care giving;
4). Identify ways to cultivate sacred moments in care giving.
Bio: Kenneth Pargament
Kenneth Pargament is professor emeritus of psychology at Bowling Green State University and Adjunct Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor Medical School. He has served as Distinguished Scholar at the Institute of Spirituality and Health in Houston. He has published over 300 articles on religion, spirituality, and health, and authored The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice and Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. Dr. Pargament is Editor-in-Chief of the 2013 two-volume APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality. Among his awards are the Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 2009, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Psychological Association in 2010, the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2015, and the first Applied Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Award from Division 36 of the American Psychological Association. He received an honorary doctor of letters from Pepperdine University. He was recently cited as one of the 50 most influential living psychologists in the world today. Dr. Pargament has been married 43 years to his wife, Aileen, has two children, two daughters-in-law, and one very new granddaughter.