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Pastoral Mental Health Counseling Conference

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2019 Pastoral Mental Health Counseling Conference: Spiritual Care in a Digital Age

Friday March 8, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, Room 333
140 W. 62nd St., New York, NY 10023

Conference Fee: $35.00
FREE for current Fordham students, faculty, and staff

Register for the Conference


Digital technologies, including AI, are changing what it means to be human. What are the implications for spiritual care and clinical practice? The conference will open a novel window on caring for the technological person in a digital age, helping us as practitioners, clergy, and educators navigate the new terrain.

Objectives

  • Acquire an understanding of what it means to be living in a techno-driven world, and how the rapid informational flow impacts our spiritual lives.

  • Develop a framework for helping those in our care prevent brain fatigue and information burn-out, even as we become more dependent on our digital devices.

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of contemplative spiritual practices for preserving and extending the human attentional capacity, which fosters relational and compassionate awareness.

Join us with
Jaco Hamman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture, Vanderbilt Divinity School
and
Kirk Bingaman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pastoral Counseling, Fordham University

Friday March 8, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, Room 333
140 W. 62nd St., New York, NY 10023

Conference Fee: $35.00
FREE for current Fordham students, faculty, and staff

Register for the Conference

Questions? Please contact us at eventsgre@fordham.edu


Conference Program* (updated)

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Registration

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Welcome - Dean's Office and Pastoral Counseling Faculty

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. "Neither good, nor bad, nor neutral: Deepening our relationship with technology" by Jaco Hamman, Ph.D.

11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. "Pastoral and Spiritual Care in a Digital Age: The Future is Now" by Kirk Bingaman, Ph.D.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch (please note, lunch will not be provided)

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Book Launch: "Pastoral and Spiritual Care in a Digital Age: The Future is Now" by Dr. Bingaman; Group Discussions

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion with Jaco Hamman, Ph.D., Kirk Bingaman, Ph.D., Lisa Cataldo, Ph.D., and Mary Beth Werdel, Ph.D.


About the Speakers

Jaco J. Hamman is Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture and the Director of the Program in Theology and Practice at Vanderbilt Divinity School. A South African, he completed his academic studies and clinical training at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (B.A.), Stellenbosch University (South Africa, B.Th.; M.Th.), Princeton Theological Seminary (Ph.D.), and at the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute (New York City; Certificates in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy; Marriage and Family Therapy; Group Therapy).

Dr. Kirk Bingaman is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York, and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He is a member of the Group for New Directions in Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, an editorial board member of the journal, Pastoral Psychology, and the former chair of the Psychology, Culture, and Religion group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Dr. Bingaman’s research has focused on the application of contemplative neuroscience to pastoral/spiritual care and to clinical practice (The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care, Lexington Books, 2014), in particular the finding that regular contemplative-meditational practice has the capacity to help calm the stress region of the brain. His other books have included Treating the New Anxiety: A Cognitive-Theological Approach (Jason Aronson, 2007) and Freud and Faith: Living in the Tension (SUNY Press, 2003).


About the Conference

Each year, GRE hosts a conference gathering focused on exploring issues and practices within the field of Pastoral Mental Health Counseling. Past conference topics have included:

  • Reflecting in the Aftermath: The Ministry of Spiritual Care for Trama Victims and Spiritual Care for the Self with a keynote address by Rabbi Stephen Roberts
  • Contemplative Practice and Healing: Insights on Neuroplasticity for Spiritual Care with a keynote address by Dennis McAuliiffe, Ph.D.
  • Riding the Dragon: Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times with a keynote address by Dr. Robert Wicks
  • Spiritual Geographies of Domestic Violence with keynote addresses by Sally MacNichol, Ph.D. and Jill L. Snodgrass, Ph.D.
  • Moral Stress and Spiritual Struggles: How can religious and spiritual resources be part of change for persons and the world with keynote by Carrie Doehring, Ph.D.
  • Calming the Chaos: Clinical and Pastoral Responses in Traumatic Times with keynote address by Rev Matt Crebbin and Dr. Cheryl Fisher

In addition to hosting these exciting conferences, GRE is pleased to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) to all NACC members who attend.

* The provider of this educational event has designed the program so that it may be considered by participants for use as continuing education to enhance the professional knowledge and pastoral competency of chaplains certified through the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc.® an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains®.