For Effective Living recognises that the COVID-19 pandemic has left many in
ministry with a sense of dismay about how to cope, manage change, care for
their congregations and forecast for the new realities ahead. As a
result, Valerie Ling, Clinical Psychologist, has launched a 6-week group
support programme for ministers to address these issues.
The evidence from other national and international crises is that experiences such as these are profoundly transformational for individuals. The transformation will not only be short-term, in terms of developing resiliency (the immediate ability to bounce back in times of adversity). A crisis such as this will also bring about a prolonged struggle, as ministry workers deconstruct their sense of self, ideas of church, and watch those around them go through significant suffering.
As psychologists, we understand these processes as post-traumatic transformation and growth. The mechanism to support individuals through this process is beyond what could be achieved through simply imparting knowledge and information. Instead, ministry workers need the opportunity to reflect on, evaluate and learn from their experiences, with the assistance of professionals who understand the psychological impact and needs of such a process.
The sessions being offered by Valerie are designed to provide this kind of professional support.
The group sessions would cover the following topics:
Group Session 1
Post traumatic growth and transformation: unpacking what it means to ourselves and our congregations after natural disasters. Specifically, helping our congregations and ourselves to cope with the grief, loss and meaning anchors in our world which have been disrupted.
Group Session 2
Stress and anxiety management for ministry folk during COVID-19, working from home and parenting in small proximities.
Group Session 3
Sharpening our ministry values and convictions and clarifying where our energy for ministry is best focused on. Burnout from role ambivalence is typical in the ministry space, and made all the more complicated now that our roles and ways of doing things have shifted.
Group Session 4
Resiliency and care during COVID-19. Creating new rhythms, routines and personal, spiritual resourcing for resiliency. This is really re-looking what we already know of ministry resiliency factors and catering to the different scenarios that we face when we cannot meet others, and are juggling collision of home, work and personal breathing space.
Group Session 5
The new normal - ministers may feel lost to work through the uncertainty of what the future looks like. How to "forecast" with little data and when decision points keep shifting. Working through clinical underpinnings of uncertainty, worry, decision making fatigue and what to do with this.
Group Session 6
Working with others, meeting and group dynamics. There is a level of newness to working through staff and group dynamics through online platforms. This is meant to impart skills that counsellors have used to manage things like checking in with people, knowing how long to hold a meeting for, debriefing, knowing the paradigms and functions of group dynamics.
Given that the groups are designed not simply to provide information, but to support participants through the transformation process, the sessions will incorporate the following elements:
The details for the groups are as follows:
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are no refunds made available to you due to change of mind. All programs, training programs and education sessions (and other such services provided by Valerie Ling) are based on you and your company doing ‘the work’ and implementing the training/consulting/education as required in order for you to achieve the result you require. Although Valerie Ling is a Clinical Psychologist registered to practice in Australia, in any of her online programs, training, education and consulting sessions she acts in the capacity of a "Coach". Should you required clinical input please contact your local health care services or if in Australia contact the mental health help line 1800 011 511