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Third Annual Conference on Children and Spirituality

Baptist Health

Friday, May 3, 2013 from 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

Third Annual Conference on Children and Spirituality

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The Third Annual Conference on Children and Spirituality, "The Healing Spirit: Fostering Pediatric Spiritual Care," will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013, in the duPont Auditorium at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.

Presented by the Wolfson Children's Hospital's Department of Pastoral Care with support from the James E. and Constance L. Bell Foundation, the conference presents participants with an approach to caring for children that takes into account physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and family.

Healthcare professionals, chaplains, ministers, and teachers will be presented with keynotes on spiritual formation, interactive panel presentations, and workshops demonstrating practical methods which give rise to expressions of children's spirituality. Participants will gain insight into children's spirituality and be better able to identify assess, and address their spiritual needs.Continuing Education Credit information can be located at the bottom of this page.

  *Take note of your afternoon breakout choices before you begin the registration process* 



7:45  Registration and Continental Breakfast (duPont Auditorium lobby, Adult Tower, Basement)


8:30  Welcome and Opening Prayer
Jerry A. Bridgham, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and Chaplain Sharon Eddins, MDiv, BCC, Senior Chaplain, Wolfson Children’s Hospital


8:40  Keynote Address: Pediatric Spiritual Care: What We Do and Why It Matters
Paul Thayer, MA, MDiv, DMin, who began his career as a child life specialist, will identify challenges of pediatric spiritual care, domains of spiritual care, and why they matter. He will define the concept of “The Zone of Proximal Spiritual Development” and articulate the essential role of play in this zone.



9:55  Child/Parent Panel
Chronically ill children and their parents will discuss their spiritual needs and the benefit of spiritual support. They will share their understanding of how interventions such as Godly Play encourage expression of thoughts and feelings and facilitate conversations regarding spiritual matters.




10:55  Keynote Address: The Transformative Power of Hope for Ill Children and Their Families
Laura Basili, MA, PhD, will explore how children and families maintain hope in the face of illness, adversity, and suffering, and how we can best help when our experience of hope may be waning. We will explore a creative repertoire of strategies to enhance communication and explore children’s and family’s views of hope through story, rituals, artwork, etc.


12–12:45  Lunch (boxed lunches will be provided)

*As you select your afternoon breakout sessions, please note that the Understanding and Healing Childhood Trauma panels are identical. The second session is not a continuation of the first. Continuing Education credits can only be given for one session.*

1–2:10 CHOOSE ONE (Pavilion 4th Floor Classrooms)

Godly Play
Nancy Grogan, religious educator for Wolfson Children’s Hospital, will present an overview of Jerome Berryman’s Godly Play program, which has been used at Wolfson Children’s Hospital for more than 10 years. In the words of its founder, Godly Play is “an imaginative approach that supports, challenges, nourishes, and gives children permission to express their fears, emotions, and beliefs.”


Understanding and Healing Childhood Trauma (This session is available during both afternoon sessions.)
Panelists Phyllis Hendry, MD; Kamela Scott, PhD; and The Rev. Bob Morris will address the the stories, images, and conversations that have pervaded our news and our culture in recent years. They will address traumatic experiences, particularly as they relate to children, and explore with us some of what children need from us as they are both directly and indirectly affected by traumatic experiences.




2:20-3:30 CHOOSE ONE (Pavilion 4th Floor Classrooms)

Storytime Yoga
Michel Dates, Christian education leader and founder of “Story & Stretch,” will describe her body-centered life education and yoga play therapy program. Combining the ancient art of oral storytelling, the healing practice of yoga, healthy habits, and the exploration of visual and performing art, she will illustrate how children connect with their inner world of creativity while acquiring listening and literacy skills, body awareness, and character development.


Understanding and Healing Childhood Trauma (See description above.)




3:40  Concluding Session
Paul Thayer, MA, MDiv, DMin, and Laura Basili, MA, PhD. Join us for a concluding session as we recap the day, and address your thoughts and questions regarding children’s spirituality.



Keynote Speakers

Laura Basili, MA, PhD, is a clinical psychologist whose therapeutic work focuses on how children, families, and helping professionals make meaning of illness, suffering, loss and adversity. She also teaches in the Psychology Department at Middlebury College in Vermont. Dr. Basili worked for 10 years as a staff psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and as an instructor at Harvard Medical School. She currently trains and consults nationally on hope, illness, development, bereavement, spirituality and self-care.

Paul Thayer, MA, MDiv, DMin, is an associate professor of Child Life and Family Studies and Chair of the Department of Child Life and Family Studies at Wheelock College. He teaches graduate courses in bereavement care, cross-cultural perspectives on grief, care of the hospitalized child, helping children cope with stress, and medical ethics. Prior to teaching, he was director of Palliative Care at Franciscan Hospital for  Children in Boston, director of the Sandcastles Pediatric Hospice Program, Residential Hospice Director for Chilton House, and director of the Hospice at Mission Hill.


Continuing Education

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 31, 2015.   Approved for 6 CEUs.Due to concurrent sessions, the maximum number of CEUs a participant can receive is 5 CEUs. Please note that Florida licensed LCSWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs who choose to attend the Storytime Yoga afternoon session will not receive a CEU for this hour.


Approved by Florida Board of Nursing:  Provider #50-2709,  6.0 Nursing Continuing Education Contact hours.


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 (5.0) hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclaimer: Views and conclusions expressed in this program are those of the presenters(s) and not necessarily those of the employees, administration or medical staff ofBaptistMedicalCenter. All material presented in this program is provided for information only, and may not be construed as professional advice. Use ofBaptistMedicalCenter’s facilities for this presentation does not imply endorsement of any product, service or opinion discussed.

Disclosure: 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 no not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships to the content of their presentation(s).



• All Baptist Downtown and Wolfson employees: please park in your normal spot.

• Off-campus Baptist Health employees: please park in Gary, Dante, Nira or student lots and shuttle in.

• Community and out-of-town guests: please park in visitor garages P1 (Riverfront) or P2 (Palm Avenue) on the hospital campus.


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When & Where

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville
Jessie Dupont Auditorium
800 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, 32207

Friday, May 3, 2013 from 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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