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14 Jan

Online Pastoral Care class - Caring With Compassion: A Look at the Lives of First Responders

Contact Info:

Lisa Buffum

Time & Date

Event Dates:
January 14, 2019 - February 25, 2019
Time Zone

CT - Central Time

Event Details

Audience: ClergyLay Leaders

This class will explore the lives of First Responders and what they experience in doing the job they have been called to. For the purposes of this class, we consider First Responders to be fire fighters, police, and paramedics. When one life changes, a whole family is changed. We’ll watch real-life videos of such changes for First Responders and hear what they learned through the process. We’ll also explore this theme in one of the course’s texts. We’ll also read about PTSD and how it plays a role in a First Responder’s life.

As a student, you will be asked to watch current TV shows that portray First Responders. There will be an ongoing assignment and you will be asked to write several case studies. There are two required books for this course, which you will need to purchase before you begin. They are Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, M.D., and My Life and Lesser Catastrophes by Christina Schofield. Other readings will be provided through the course.

This class is for pastors and for laity who help out with pastoral care, to help them understand the challenges First Responders face so they can better provide pastoral care to First Responders and their families. The skills learned in this course may also help you provide pastoral care to military veterans.You’ll need at least 3 hours of work each week to cover the work in this course. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU. Price for 6-week class: $65

***This is an online course, meaning you can participate at the time of day that works best for your schedule. Course materials will become available at Noon Central on the start day, and you should plan to spend an hour or two (whenever you choose) every day interacting with the course and on the discussion boards.***

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