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Introduction to Healthcare Pastoral Visitation Course

9 Week, Training Course, 2 hour sessions, Edgehill House, Belfast,
THURSDAY 29th January at 7pm

Week 1 Thursday 20th January: Introductions/Learning Objectives/Group Contract. Why care?
(Rev Derek Johnston) Reasons for hospital visitation.
Week 2 Thursday 27th January: Communication; Opening & closing; Empathy and Silence
(Mrs Grace McGurk)
Week 3 Thursday 3rd February: Models of Pastoral Care; Awareness & Assumptions/Do’s & don’ts
(Rev Derek Johnston)
Week 4 Thursday 10th February: Thinking reflectively; Pastoral Role Play
(Mrs Grace McGurk & Rev Derek Johnston)
Week 5: Thursday 24th February: Death and Dying; Palliative care
(Fr Robert Sloan)
Week 6 Thursday 3rd March: Loss histogram; Grief and Loss
(Mrs Grace McGurk)
Week 7 Thursday 10th March: Theology and practice; Rituals/Liturgies/Sacraments; Ethical dilemmas
(Fr Robert Sloan)
Week 8 Thursday 24th March: Spiritual Healthcare: Spiritual Pain; Where is God when it hurts?
(Rev Derek Johnston)
Week 9 Thursday 31st March: Personal and Pastoral Reflections; Evaluation
(Rev Derek Johnston)
Please note: The course will not run on Thursday 17th February and 17th March due to half-term holidays and
St. Patrick’s Day.

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