Spiritual Care Day
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY
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Richard Payne, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Divinity at Duke Divinity School, Duke University and the Esther Colliflower Director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life. Dr. Payne is an internationally known expert in the areas of pain relief, care for those near death, oncology and neurology.
The Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life seeks to increase knowledge and rediscover old wisdoms concerning the end of life through interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and outreach, emphasizing the spiritual dimension of care. As a unique teaching and research program located in a divinity school, the Duke ICEOL is particularly focused on the problem of preventing and addressing the moral and theological dimensions of pain and suffering.
This workshop will explore the issues involved in working with patients who have suffered from moral injury. This workshop will focus primarily on combat veterans at the end of life.
Fr. Augustine Odii-Abia was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He has served as a Chaplain in the US Army for the past twenty-three years deploying to South Korea, Iraq, and Germany. As a staff chaplain at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, New York, he serves as Unit Chaplain for the 5th Floor. His aim is to continue to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves both as a teacher and as a mentor. His goal is to become an ACPE Certified Educator. Fr. Augustine is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Rev. Christopher Ponnuraj has worked as a chaplain at Calvary Hospital since 2008. A Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, he has served as Resident Minister at The Bedford Park Congregational Church, Bronx, New York since 1996. Immigrating from India in 1994, Rev. Chris completed four extended units of Clinical Pastoral Education and two full-time residencies at major hospitals in New York. Rev. Chris also completed a Doctor in Ministry degree at the New York Theological Seminary specializing in Pastoral Care. He is ordained by the United Church of Christ.
Tomas has worked for CH as the Sergeant in the Security Department for the last seven years. He served in the Navy for over 20 years as Master @ Arms 1st class. An Iraq War Veteran, Tomas served as a member of the Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit (MIUW-203). He is also active in the American Legion.
This workshop explores human trafficking and the impact that it has on the care of patients at end of life care.
Aditi is the Deputy Director of Client Services at New York City Anti Violence Project, the city’s – and one of the nation’s – foremost anti-violence agencies serving, empowering and advocating for LGBTQIHA survivors of all kinds of violence. She teaches at New York State’s only certified Graduate Forensic Psychology program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Previously, she worked in agency, university and hospital settings with youth and immigrant survivors of violence, trafficking and complex trauma across the lifespan. While Aditi’s experience is largely in the arena of violence, she is an aspiring Death Doula as she plans to maintain her profound interest in End Of Life care after spending her second year clinical internship with MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care.
As someone who is habitually connecting dots about the human experience, she sees significant connection in the tenets of managing deep loss, whether the loss of agency due to violent trauma or the nuances of loss of a significant person. She is driven to amplify the voices of survivors, destigmatizing mental health supports for survivors and service providers (especially legal and law enforcement folks), improving service access and culturally informed program design across the many civil, community and legal systems that interact with survivors.
This workshop explores the role of faith in bereavement.
Maria Georgopoulos was promoted to Director of the Bereavement Services Department in January 2018. She is responsible for 24 bereavement support groups in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan that serve hundreds of adults, children and teenagers each year. She leads a team of 10 bereavement counselors, all of whom have Master’s Degrees or the equivalent; and spearheads Calvary’s efforts to expand the Hospital’s professional learning programs in the New York area.
Rabbi Shmuel Zuckerman is ordained by Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim – Rabbinical Seminary of America. He is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America and is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Additionally, he earned a master’s degree in education from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University. Rabbi Zuckerman is lead Jewish chaplain at Calvary Hospital.
Rashida Sanchez earned her Master’s degree in Community Health with a focus in Thanatology. She is a certified Fellow of Thanatology through the Association of Death Education and Counseling. She is currently working at Calvary Hospital in the role of bereavement counselor. Rashida facilitates bereavement groups for those who have experienced the death of a child, death of parent, and death of spouse or partner. She also facilitates a children and teen bereavement group. She is not only passionate about working with her group members but also interested in how bereavement and grief can be viewed through the social justice lens. She looks forward to contributing research to the field on topics that aid in the understanding of grief in children and adolescents, immigrant populations, and faith communities.
This workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities that emerge when providing spiritual care to LGBTQIA patients at the end of life.
Liam is an ACPE Certified Educator who created a new ACPE CPE Center at Main Line Health in the suburbs outside Philadelphia, PA. Liam is twice ordained into ministry. First Liam was ordained and endorsed for chaplaincy and chaplaincy education in 2004 by the United Church of Christ. Then in 2018, Liam was ordained an Interfaith Minister through The New Seminary. Liam earned an MDiv degree from Yale Divinity School in 2002.
As an out transgendered female to male, Liam finds it important to be themselves and find ways to empower or mentor those around us to live their truths as well. Liam’s ministry in patient rooms and/or in the CPE context revolves around the concept of healing and living life to the fullest with intentionality and authenticity.
This workshop explores how to care for undocumented patients at the end of life.
Pastor Desmond C. Haye is a full-time Spiritual Care Counselor at Calvary Hospice. An ordained Seventh Day Adventist pastor, Desmond completed all of his clinical pastoral education training at Calvary Hospital. Pastor Haye, who is passionate about health, evangelism, and spirituality serves as a Pastor at Wakefield Seventh Day Adventist Church and at the Mamaroneck Seventh Day Adventist Church. He is guided by the following motto: “The mind controlled by Christ is the measure of the man.” Desmond is a well-respected evangelist and health educator.
The Rev. Dr. Victor L. Algarin, serves as Spiritual Care Coordinator and Hospice Educator at UHR-United Hospice of Rockland. A former Protestant Chaplain at Calvary Hospital, Rev. Algarin went on to complete a Doctor of Medical Humanities degree at Drew University, The Capersen School of Graduate Studies. His dissertation is entitled “Addressing Racial/Ethnic Disparities with Liberation Psychology and Critical Consciousness: The Role of Social Medicine in Medical Education.” He is ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
This workshop will explore the impact working with patients at the end of life may have on the caregivers.
Reverend Gloria King is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has trained worked at Calvary Hospital as a community hospice chaplain over 15 years, caring for patients and their loved ones as well as healthcare staff. She holds a BA from the University of Connecticut, MBA from Pace University (NYC), and M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary (NYC).
Chaplain Yvette is a staff Chaplain at Calvary Hospital working primarily with Spanish-speaking patients and their loved ones. She also facilitates a Spanish speaking bereavement support group for members of the community. She completed all of her clinical pastoral education training at Calvary Hospital. A lay leader at First Baptist Church in Flushing, Queens she graduated from the Bethel Seminary of the East.