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The Way to Wellness: Coping with Mental Illness and Trauma

Baptist Health

Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

The Way to Wellness: Coping with Mental Illness and...

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Baptist Health


The Way to Wellness: Coping with Mental Illness and Trauma

through Pastoral & Psychological Counseling



REGISTER TODAY to hear from national and local experts in the field of pastoral care and behavioral health on topics from domestic violence to faith struggles. Participants will be challenged to fully hear and thoughtfully respond to the voices of human struggle and suffering on the journey toward health and healing.

WHO'S ATTENDING? Chaplains, pastoral counselors, ministers, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, behavioral therapists, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, clinical social workers, nurses, respiratory therapists, and all other healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend.

Continuing Education Credit  available! Detailed information found at the bottom of this page. 


Pamela Cooper-White, Ph.D., is the Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, and Co-Director of the Atlanta Theological Association’s ThD program in Pastoral Counseling. In Fall 2013, the Rev. Cooper-White was the first theologian ever to be awarded the Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis fellowship for research and teaching at the Freud Institute and the Universität Wien in Vienna, Austria. See her full resume at  http://www.ctsnet.edu/files/faculty/CooperWhite_CV2012.pdf.


Larry D. Wagoner, Ph.D., Director, Pastoral Care & Education, Baptist Health


Ellen Williams, Ph.D., Administrator, Baptist Behavioral Health


Ed Wilder, M.Div., M.Ed., Senior Chaplain & ACPE Supervisor, Baptist Medical Center South,


Celeste Krueger, Ed.S., President of Celeste Krueger & Associates,


Gail Patin, MSW, Ed.D., Chief Operations Officer, Hubbard House, Inc.



8:00 am -- Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 am -- Welcome by A. Hugh Greene, FACHE, President & CEO, Baptist Health

9:00 am - 10:30 -- Morning Plenary:

Shared Wisdom: Use of Self in PastoralCare/Counseling. 

Pamela Cooper-White, Ph.D., will discuss a relational paradigm for pastoral assessment and theological reflection by presenting new understandings of intersubjectivity, mutual influence, shared wisdom (both conscious and unconscious), and multicultural dynamics in the caring relationship. She will explain how using the caregiver's own responses and feelings is a primary instrument for deepening discernment and better care.

10:30 am - 10:45 am -- Break

10:45 am - 12:00 pm --  Choose ONE Breakout Session:

The Interfacement of Religious Beliefs with Psychological Assessment: Dealing with faith struggle from a Pastoral Counseling Perspective.

Larry Wagoner, Ph.D., and Ed Wilder, M.Div., M.Ed., will discuss how major emotional challenges may be talked about in a language of struggle, hope, and re-framing of meaning. Focus will be upon increasing understandings of the human struggle of trauma, tragedy, and mental instability and how pastoral counselors theologize about mental health and incorporate a language of faith with the behavioral sciences.

Religion and Spirituality in Psychotherapy: A Comparison of Patients’ and Professionals’ Attitudes and Experiences.

Ellen Williams, Ph.D., will discuss the salience of religion and spirituality in the lives of patients and what mental health professionals do when these topics arise during treatment. The negative and positive impacts of religion and spirituality in the lives of persons with mental illness will be explored, as will the importance of being a well-informed counselor with regard to religious and spiritual diversity.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm --  Lunch (complimentary boxed lunch provided)

1:00 pm  -  2:30 pm -- Afternoon Plenary:  

Violence against Women and a Pastoral-Prophetic Response. 

Pamela Cooper-White, Ph.D., will describe the cultural and interpersonal dynamics of gender and power that (often subliminally) perpetuate or reinforce violence against women. She will articulate a theology of resistance against violence against women and sugggest pastoral strategies for care and counseling that empower victims and survivors of violence, and promote nonviolence in congregations and the community.

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm -- Break

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm -- Choose ONE Breakout Session:

I-Thou and Our Interior Landscape of Violence: Dare We Speak the Unspeakable Secret? 

Celeste Krueger, Ed.S.  will discuss intrapsychic patterns of violence that impact the ability to be fully present when attempting to “use self” to create a container and a context for healing. She will explore ways violence is perpetuated in personal/communal living, identify patterns that fuel that cycle of violence, and emphasize the importance of fully knowing self in order to relate in more non-violent, respectful ways toward persons of a different gender, culture, faith, and socioeconomic standing.

Assessment & Intervention for Families Impacted by Domestic Violence. 

Gail Patin, MSW, Ed.D., will review the dynamics of domestic violence, provide an understanding of family system dynamics, describe ways to assess risk/lethality, discuss safety planning, and outline various intervention strategies. She will also provide information about local resources and initiatives that help victims of domestic violence and their families.


Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling:

Baptist Health System is approved as a continuing education provider by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling.  Provider # 850.  Expires March 2015.  Approved for 7 continuing education units;  due to concurrent sessions, the maximum number of CEUs any participant can earn is 5.


Approved for 5.5 Contact Hours, Nursing Continuing Education,  FBN, Provider #50-3796, Baptist  Health, Jacksonville, Florida.


Baptist Medical Center is approved by the Florida Board of Psychology to offer continuing education for Florida Psychologists (Baptist Medical Center Provider # PCE85 – Expires 05/31/2014). Approved for 5 hours of continuing education.

Respiratory Therapists

Baptist Health/Wolfson Children’s Hospital is an approved continuing education provider through the Florida Board of Respiratory Care, Provider #50-3199.  Approved for 5.5 hours of continuing education.


Baptist Health is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Baptist Health designates this educational activity for a maximum of five and one-half (5.5) hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

All faculty participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by Baptist Health are required to disclose to the audience whether or not they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships to the content of their presentation (s). 

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When & Where

University of North Florida
Adam W. Herbert University Center
12000 Alumni Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32224

Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

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