The Pastoral Care Department at Robinson Memorial Hospital hosted its annual Portage County Clergy and Spiritual Leaders Seminar, in conjunction with The Portage County Association of Pastoral Care (PCAPC) April 9.
This year’s seminar, Ministering to Victims of Trauma and Abuse, was comprised of speakers providing information on several different perspectives of this important issue.
Each year, the seminar is geared to address issues facing all clergy, spiritual leaders, chaplains and visitation team members. Speakers presented the perspective of helping and encouraging those ministering to victims and building awareness of what trauma and abuse entails for both children and adults.
Guest speakers included: Dr. Chuck Sandstrom, who being a victim of violence himself, spoke about forgiveness as a way of life, living with joy and purpose, finding the ‘ability;’ in disability, and positively redefining oneself through enterprise; Auburn Sandstrom, Dr. Sandstrom’s wife, spoke from her own experience on how the trauma affects the family and community and about the practical and emotional challenges of the healing process; Wendy Johnson, Director of Victims Assistance, Portage County Prosecutor’s Office, who spoke about what the non-lawyer victim advocates’ roles are and what the advocate can tell and not tell a victim; Lucy Wagener, Executive Director of The Children’s Advocacy Center, who spoke about child abuse in Portage County, what to look out for and what The Children’s Advocacy Center can offer our community; and Willa Stamper, a member of Freedom Congregational Church, shared about her ministry of making stuffed bears and bunnies, called ‘anoonies,’ that are provided to children through The Children’s Advocacy Center.
“We hold this annual seminar to further educate our associate chaplains, clergy members and spiritual leaders of the community,” stated Reverend Jim Melick, Director of Pastoral Care. “These are important topics that affect the Portage County community, and it is crucial in our roles to know how to appropriately respond and minister to victims” This year, 61 members of the Portage County clergy and spiritual leaders attended the event.
If you would like more information about volunteering for the Department of Pastoral Care at Robinson Memorial Hospital, please call (330) 297-2445.