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APCA’s 49th Annual Conference & 2017 AGM

April 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Friday, April 21, 2017

9:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
40 Holmes Street, Red Deer, AB

Dr. Arthur Frank

Hamlet in the Hospital: This above all, to thine own self be true…
On behalf of AB Pastoral Care Association, I would like to extend a special invitation to you to attend the upcoming 2017 Conference. This year’s Conference will be of particular interest to any pastoral caregivers/spiritual care practitioners who would like to explore new ways to engage patients and caregivers in sharing their stories, as well as grief & bereavement counselors who might like to use Narrative Therapy in their counseling.

Our feature speaker is Dr. Arthur Frank, Professor Emeritus in Sociology, University of Calgary, who many of you will be familiar with for his work as a medical sociologist in championing Narrative Therapy in medical practice and healthcare. (http://www.arthurwfrank.org/about/ )

As pastoral/spiritual caregivers, our goal is to listen effectively. In his book, The Wounded Storyteller, (University of Chicago Press, 1995, 2013) Frank writes, “One of the most difficult duties as human beings is to listen to the voices of those who suffer. The voices of the ill are easy to ignore, because these voices are often faltering in tone and mixed in message….in listening for the other, we listen for ourselves. The moment of witness in the story crystallizes the mutuality of need, when each is for the other.” p. 25

Dr. Frank will be presenting his findings on a pilot project utilizing classical literature as a vehicle for promoting sharing and building a support community among patients and caregivers. He will also be providing a workshop on employing Narrative Therapy as a tool for grief and bereavement counseling.

Dr. Zinia Pritchard, D. Min., Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner, AHS Senior Practice Lead, Spiritual Care, ​will join us via Skype​ to update us on MAID ​and the Roles & Responsibilities of Spiritual Health Practitioners.

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April 21, 2017
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
40 Holmes Street
Red Deer, Alberta Canada
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