Pastoral Care for Veterans & Their Families/Building Community – 5/7-5/8/2018

Pastoral Care

Monday, May 7, 2018, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. -Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Cranaleith (13475 Proctor Rd.)and the VA Medical Center (3900 Woodland Ave) Philadelphia
Cost: Free

Presenters: Rotunda East, DMin., and Chris Antal, DMin., both veterans and staff chaplains at the Crescenz VA Medical Center, will facilitate the training

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This free two day interactive training is co-sponsored by the VA National Chaplain Center and Cranaleith Spiritual Center

Many Veterans and their family members turn to pastors or other members of clergy when they have problems. This event can help prepare you to support them. As a member of clergy, you and your place of worship are an important contact point for Veterans in your community. Sometimes clergy members aren’t aware of the Veterans in their congregation or how they might help a Veteran and their family following deployment. You may recognize Veterans who are struggling in their return to civilian life, but not know how to support them.

We would like to partner with you to provide you with critical resources to assist the Veterans in your congregations and community.

Space is limited so please REGISTER and RESERVE your seat now

Training Topics will include:

  • Identifying potential conflicts between civilian and military cultures
  • Identifying actions community clergy can take to assist military personnel and their families with a healthy adjustment to a civilian culture.
  • Types of common military events that can cause adjustment problems for military personnel and the psychiatric and psychological responses that often follow.
  • Identifying the relationship between spirituality and “meaning making”
  • The importance of Personal Narratives and Past, Present and Future Stories.
  • Identifying pastoral responses and resources for clergy and their congregations.
  • Working with VA and community health care providers
  • Building a network of community support for military members, Veterans and their families.
  • The importance of communities for reintegration
  • Congregation as community for reintegration
  • Congregations as community partners
  • Lessons learned from VA/Community Clergy Partnerships


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not have to bring your printed ticket.

Can lay members attend this training also?

Yes, lay members may attend as well.

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