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GRE to Host Conference on Caring for Trauma Victims

GRE to Host Conference on Caring for Trauma Victims

Contact: Joanna Klimaski
(212) 636-7175

For those who experience events such as the Newtown, Conn. shootings and Hurricane Sandy, the weeks and months that follow can bring a number of responses, ranging from shock, to grief, to feelings of isolation.

Fordham University will host a two-day symposium, jointly sponsored by its Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE) and the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), on how to respond to victims in the wake of traumatic events.

“Reflecting in the Aftermath: The Ministry of Spiritual Care for Trauma Victims and Spiritual Care for the Self”
Thursday, Feb. 28
6 p.m.
O’Keefe Commons, O’Hare Hall | Rose Hill Campus


Friday, March 1
9:30 a.m.
O’Keefe Commons, O’Hare Hall | Rose Hill Campus

On Thursday, David A. Lichter, D.Min., executive director of the NACC, will present “Chaplaincy Today: A Profession and Ministry.” The lecture, which will be followed by a Q&A session, is free and open to the public.

The second day of the symposium will feature keynote speaker Rabbi Stephen Roberts, president and chief executive officer of Clergy for a Healthy America, Inc., who will present, “Reflecting in the Aftermath: The Mystery of Personal Trauma and Professional Caregiving—Insights and Questions for Consideration.”

Additional presenters include C. Colt Anderson, Ph.D., dean of GRE, and assistant professors of pastoral counseling Lisa Cataldo, Ph.D., and Mary Beth Werdel, Ph.D.

For more information, visit GRE’s symposium website.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College, University of London, in the United Kingdom.

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