Association of Professional Chaplains 2011 Annual Conference to Focus on the Heart of Holistic Care in Health and Human Service Settings

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APC to host spiritual care education and networking conference March 24-27, 2011 at Hyatt Regency DFW in Dallas, TX.

Association of Professional Chaplains will host its annual conference March 24-27, 2011 at Hyatt Regency DFW in Dallas, TX. The educational and networking conference is open to all professionals concerned with the spiritual health and well-being of those they serve, including chaplains, nurses, doctors, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, religious leaders and others. The conference theme, “Professional Chaplaincy: Deep in the Heart,” sets the stage for educational sessions that will deliver timely and relevant information, best practices and helpful resources.

Plenary sessions will explore universal themes that underscore the importance of spirituality in all aspects of care, from prevention to crisis:

  • The Reverend Daisy Machado PhD, dean of academic affairs and professor of church history at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, will speak during the opening celebration about “Chaplaincy with a Heart that can See Beyond Borders.” A leader in theological education, Dr. Machado has great interest in the concept of “borderlands,” which is a multilayered word that refers not only to a specific geographic location but also to a socio-economic, political and personal location within the dominant culture.
  • The Honorable Gordon H. Mansfield has devoted much of his adult life in service to our nation and its veterans. A Vietnam veteran, he served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs until his retirement in 2009. A strong proponent of spiritual care in the overall health care of veterans, his presentation will focus on “Chaplains as First Choice,” describing the critical issues facing a new generation of veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan as they begin the process of reintegration into civilian life. Chaplains are called to respond to the visible and invisible wounds of war that affect veterans, their families and communities.
  • Joan Halifax PhD, Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, medical anthropologist and pioneer in end-of-life care will present, “Being with Dying: Cultivating a Fearless and Compassionate Heart.” Abbot of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist Monastery in Santa Fe, NM, Dr. Halifax established the Project on Being with Dying to provide end-of-life education and services based in a compassionate and contemplative approach. She has taught in hundreds of medical and academic institutions around the world, and has been selected as a distinguished scholar in residence at the Library of Congress. Roshi Joan’s work with chaplains includes teaching cultural humility in a multicultural world.
  • Belleruth Naparstek LISW BCD, psychotherapist and author who has pioneered the development of guided imagery as a modality for health and healing will present “Healing Deep into the Heart: Breakthroughs with Guided Imagery.” She is the founding president of Health Journeys: A Guided Resource Center. Her groundbreaking work with patients facing medical and psychological challenges has been the subject of clinical trials in major medical centers. Her audio programs are widely used in hospitals, mental health centers, recovery clinics and VA facilities. Her most recent book focuses on imagery and the treatment of post-traumatic stress.

In addition, the conference will offer more than 40 workshops, opportunities for networking and spiritual enrichment, and educational and recreational excursions to sites of interest in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A series of four-hour and eight-hour Professional Development Intensive workshops representing a broad range of topics and experts in spiritual care will be held before and after the conference on March 23, 24 and 27.

The Association of Professional Chaplains is a multifaith nonprofit organization of chaplaincy care providers endorsed by faith groups to serve persons in need, respecting their individual cultures and beliefs, in diverse settings throughout the world.

To register for the APC 2011 Annual Conference or learn more about Association of Professional Chaplains, please visit http://www.professionalchaplains.org.

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