Each Team has approximately twenty hours of training
before starting to work. Our timeline has been to select a new Team in
the Fall, start training the first of the year and start work after
dedication the first of May.
Karen Lindley did the initial training from First Unitarian Church
of Wilmington Delaware where Karen is the director of Ministry
Development. The goal of this four and a half hour work shop is to help
new Pastoral Care Team members own their passion and commitment to
helping others and actualizing this energy into a Pastoral Care
ministry. Our Mission Statement has evolved out of the work done in
this initial training.
Next we had a one-day training by Rev. Flo Gelo, a Unitarian
minister with particular expertise in Pastoral Care. Flo discusses
listening skills, visiting people in the hospital, issues related to
death and bereavement, the religious component of Pastoral Care, the
importance of confidentiality, and knowing your limits.
Finally we had another one day of training by Kathie Dietsch,
a trainer for Hospice Caring. She conducted exercises on communication
and listening for half a day and spent the other half discussing
Hospice. In between the formal training sessions we had meetings to
discuss procedures and the process of evaluating the people we were
seeing to decide on how we might be helpful to them. We have also
compiled a notebook of community resources. Once the Team is activated
we have on-going continuing education in the form of speakers or
videotapes Our first Pastoral Care Team spent the past seven months
compiling information and answers to questions that arise at the time
of a death. Out of this in formation we have developed a protocol based
on how to be most helpful to members of our congregation should a death
occur. The protocol is in this folder. We find that ongoing education
is most useful when it relates to the kinds of problems the team is
facing. Death was the area about which we felt we bad the least
knowledge; therefore, we spent much time researching and compiling
useful information. Other areas in which we intend to get more training
ate: dementia, living wills, advanced medical directives, CPR, options
for retirement living, bereavement, and depression.
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Last updated on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.
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