Pastoral and Spiritual Care Symposium
Wednesday July 5 2017 by St Mark's
Spiritual care in a secular age:
a symposium for practitioners and leaders in later life care
Pastoral and spiritual care for older people plays a crucial role in well-being and quality of life. Transformative pastoral and spiritual care requires effective leadership that enables, empowers and equips care teams.
This symposium will
- extend leaders and practitioners to shape the culture of spiritual care in their organisations
- address the challenges of spiritual care in a secular age from the perspective of Christian theology
- showcase a range of specialists in leadership and practice
- present opportunities for further professional development.
- Christine Bryden — Author, Writer, Speaker, and Alzheimers and Dementia Advocate
- Julie Philpott — Carrington Care Winner of Meaningful Ageing Australia Award in 2016
- Elizabeth MacKinlay — Professor in Ageing and Pastoral Studies, Charles Sturt University
- Mavis Salt — Former St Mark's student and current Research and Resource Officer for Ageing Australia
- and many more! View full list of speakers.
This symposium is ideal for those coordinating and leading pastoral and spiritual care for older people in a range of contexts, including residential aged care, home care, seniors ministries within churches, and chaplaincy.
Friday 29 September 2017, 9.00am to 4.30pm
Chapel of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, BARTON ACT 2600
|9:00am||Welcome to the Symposium: Opening Remarks||Rev’d Dr Andrew Cameron, St Mark's National Theological Centre|
|9:15am||Plenary Speaker 1 — "Contemporary issues and practice in ageing and spirituality"||Rev Adjunct Prof Elizabeth MacKinlay AM PhD FACN|
|9:40am||Plenary Speaker 2 — "Challenging the discourse of loss of self in dementia"||Christine Bryden|
|MORNING TEA (provided by St Mark's National Theological Centre)|
|SESSION FOR LEADERSHIP||SESSION FOR PRACTITIONERS|
|10.45am to 12.30pm||Concurrent 1A||
Speaker 1 – Associate Professor Ann Harrington
Speaker 1 — Sr Colleen Clear, Southern Cross Care
"Recruiting and engaging volunteer pastoral carers"
Speaker 2 — Elizabeth Pringle
"Presentation: Supporting all staff to offer spiritual care in everyday work."
|11:00am to 12.30pm||Concurrent 1B||
Speaker 1 – Rev Adjunct Prof Elizabeth MacKinlay AM PhD FACN
"Engaging Baby Boomers"
Speaker 2 – Rev'd Debbie Mazlin
"Ageing and Spirituality: seniors ministry perspective"
Speaker 1 – Prof Bruce Stevens
"Self-awareness in the pastoral carer: The Life Tasks model"
Speaker 2 – Captain Mavis Salt, Salvation Army & Helen Blayden, Mountain View Aged Care Plus Centre
"Inclusive Spiritual Care on the Dementia Journey"
|12:30PM||LUNCH (provided by St Mark's National Theological Centre)|
|1:30pm to 2:10pm||Plenary Speaker 3 — "Spiritual leadership for an ageing sociey"||Ilsa Hampton, Meaningful Ageing Australia|
|2:10pm||Plenary Speaker 4 — "Professional development opportunities"||Rev’d Dr Andrew Cameron, St Mark's National Theological Centre|
|2:20pm to 3:00pm||Concurrent 2||
Rev'd Andrew Heron, Anglicare
"Integrating spiritual care into a residential care home"
|Julie Philpott, Carrington|
|3:00pm to 3:20pm||
AFTERNOON TEA (provided by St Mark's National Theological Centre)
|3:20pm to 4:20pm||Plenary Speaker 5 — "Palliative Care"||Associate Prof Ann Harrington|
|4:20pm to 4:30||Close||Rev’d Dr Andrew Cameron, St Mark's National Theological Centre|
About the sessions
Contemporary Issues and practice in ageing and spirituality, Rev'd Adj Prof Elizabeth MacKinlay | 9.15am
Challenging the discourse of loss of self in dementia, Christine Bryden | 9.40am
The common view of dementia is of loss of self. This talk by a person living with dementia proposes that there is no loss, and a sense of self continues throughout the lived experience of dementia. The session will propose that three aspects of a sense of self continue in the lived experience of dementia: embodied self; relational self; and narrative self. The good news of the Gospel is that what is important is who we are, not what we do. Created in the divine image, we all receive love and grace within communion, held in grace to the Father, through the Son, and by the Holy Spirit. Back to Program.
Spiritual Assessment, Assoc Prof Ann Harrington | 10.45am
This seminar / workshop will be interactive to enable participants to contribute their experience of spiritual assessment, to the care of older people. Small group work and plenary sessions will be used. Issues to be covered include: the definition of ‘spiritual assessment’; offering models for the assessment of the spiritual domain; developing strategies to undertake a spiritual assessment; promote the adoption of a model for professional use.
Recruiting and engaging volunteer pastoral carers, Sr Colleen Clear | 10.45am
Presentation: Supporting all staff to offer spiritual care in everyday work, Elizabeth Pringle | 10.45am
Ageing and Spirituality: seniors ministry perspective, Rev'd Debbie Mazlin | 11.00am
Engaging Baby Boomers, Rev'd Adj Prof Elizabeth MacKinlay | 11.00am
Self awareness in the pastoral carer: The Life Tasks model, by Prof Bruce Stevens | 11.00am
Professor Stevens will present on his life tasks model. To undertake a life task is a work that takes a lifetime. There are three life tasks: 1. Discovery of hidden learning, 2. Testing of what is discovered. 3. Integration into life and vocation. This model is helpful for the pastoral carer to the aged because it is based on an implicit learning model rather than the more inclusive unconscious. People vary in their degree of insight and the life tasks point to a way to greater self-awareness. The implications for ministry are explored in this presentation. Back to Program.
Inclusive Spiritual Care on the Dementia Journey, Captain Mavis Salt and Helen Blayden | 11.00am
Spiritual leadership for an ageing society, Ilsa Hampton | 1.30pm
It is well documented that Australia has an ageing population - by 2055 the number of people aged over 65 will have doubled. This is a new experience for us as a society. We need to learn how to age, and how to embrace an ageing population. An active spiritual life is essential for any human life to flourish, particularly as we age. People ministering in pastoral and spiritual care have a unique opportunity show leadership in workplaces and indeed a society that views ageing as a problem, and does not understand the riches that spirituality and spiritual care have to offer. Back to Program.
Professional Development Opportunities, Rev'd Dr Andrew Cameron | 2.10pm
St Mark's National Theological Centre, in partnership with Charles Sturt University's School of Theology, has over 15 years of professional development training in ageing, counselling, and pastoral care studies. Dr Cameron will be taking you through the various opportunities available for further study for career development. Back to Program.
Integrating Spiritual Care into a Residential Care Home, by Rev'd Andrew Heron | 2.20pm
Effective Spiritual Care is an important part of holistic care of older people. The residential aged care setting presents unique opportunities and barriers to the provision of this care. This presentation will look at how spiritual care has been provided in residential care homes operated by Anglicare Sydney by engaging dedicated Pastoral Carers who work alongside Chaplains within the framework of Anglicare's philosophy of care called 'Rhythm of Life'. The presentation will include testimonies from various staff members of Anglicare who work in the provision of Spiritual Care. Back to Program.
Palliative Care, by Assoc Prof Ann Harrington | 3.20pm
This session will cover an introduction to palliative care; the definitions of ‘palliative care’ ‘hospice’ ‘terminal illness’ ‘palliative approach’ and ‘end of life care’; myths and medications in palliative care; and palliative care in residential aged care.
St Mark's National Theological Centre | Associate Professor, Charles Sturt University
Andrew has been a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia since 1993, with pastoral experience in a variety of Anglican and other denominational settings. He has also taught in ethics, social ethics, political and public theology, theological anthropology, theology and philosophy at a range of levels and institutions. His doctoral research interest was in a theological account of the relationship of ethics to emotion, and since then he has several other topics at the intersection of theology, ethics and public life. Return to top of Speakers List.
Andrew is an ordained Anglican minister in the Diocese of Sydney. He is also a graduate of Moore college, Morling College and, most recently, St Marks National Theological Centre. As part of his studies, Andrew has been investigating the theory and practice of effective pastoral care amongst older people in parish and aged care settings. At Anglicare Sydney, Andrew currently leads a team of 40 chaplains and pastoral carers who care for older people living in residential care and the community. Return to top of Speakers List.
Ann is Associate Professor, Health Care for the Older Person in the College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide Australia. She has over forty years of teaching experience in health and higher education institutions in New South Wales and South Australia. Her research expertise is in the area of ageing, spirituality and palliative care. Her grant success covers such areas as the resident as a consumer in aged care; cultural and spiritual care for older people; palliative care; the aged care workforce and community palliative care. She currently teaches in both undergraduate and post graduate programs and is primary supervisor of 7 PhD students. Her publications include refereed reports, book chapters, book reviews and numerous conference presentations at national and international levels. She is a Registered Nurse, a Fellow of Australian College of Nursing and is a member of the Palliative Care Nurses Association. Return to top of Speakers List.
Charles Sturt University
Dr Bruce A. Stevens (PhD Boston University, 1987) is the Wicking Professor of Ageing and Practical Theology at Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia. He was ordained in the Anglican Church in 1980 and served in parish ministry until 1993. He is an endorsed clinical and forensic psychologist, who has written seven books for publishers such as Random House, Harper Collins, PsychOz Publications, Australian Academic Press and Wiley-Blackwell. He is an active member of Wesley Uniting Church. Return to top of Speakers List.
Charles Sturt University
Southern Cross Care, Canberra and Goulburn
Elizabeth MacKinlay is a registered nurse and an Anglican priest. She was Director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at St Mark's National Theological Centre from its start until 2013, and is currently a Professor in the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University. Elizabeth was Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing in 2008 and was the ACT Senior Australian of the Year for 2009.
Charles Sturt University
Elizabeth has her own consultancy Improvement Matters Pty Ltd providing services in ageing, aged care, spirituality and quality improvement. Elizabeth managed the project to develop the 'National Spiritual Care Guidelines in Aged Care'. Previously, she was the General Manager, Operations of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA) responsible for accreditation of residential care homes and quality review of home care services. In this role, Elizabeth had responsibility for managing the accreditation of 2730 aged care homes across Australia. Prior to her role in Operations, Elizabeth was the General Manager, Education with national responsibility for promoting quality through education, establishing the Better Practice conferences. Elizabeth also worked for ACS (NSW & ACT) an aged care industry association in developing industry education. Elizabeth has been a volunteer in nursing homes for over 15 years in various roles including pastoral care and leading worship services. Return to top of Speakers List.
Mountain View Aged Care Plus Centre, Canberra
With more than 34 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse, Helen has found her true passion in caring for and assisting those living with dementia in her role as Centre Manager for Mountain View Aged Care Plus Centre in Narrabundah, ACT. With nearly 30 years' experience in the aged care industry backed by a Diploma in Frontline Management, Helen has managed several homes with dementia specific areas and managed home care programs for the elderly across ACT and NSW. Helen has also worked as a Senior Complaints Investigation Officer and served on the Board of Alzheimers Australia. Helen has led and managed the implementation of the UK based Dementia Care Matters, Butterfly household Care Model at Mountain View Aged Care Plus Centre which is continuing to transform the lives of those living with dementia. Return to top of Speakers List.
Meaningful Ageing Australia
As a Salvation Army Officer, Captain Mavis Salt spent 5 years as Chaplain/Mission Director within Aged Care Plus. Ministering within Chaplaincy, a spiritual care assessment and planning process was begun and in years following, Mavis also had opportunities to present at industry conferences on this as well as teaching Chaplains at Aged Care Plus. She facilitated the development of a Spiritual Care Policy and training resources for Aged Care Plus. Mavis’ current role is as Research & Resource Officer for Ageing Australia both within Aged Care Plus and the broader Salvation Army. Mavis is also keen to promote well-being and resilience for all involved in ministry within The Salvation Army as well as multi-generational ministries. She is an alumni of St Mark's National Theological Centre. Return to top of Speakers List.