2008-08-15 / Community

EHS Hosts Clinical Pastoral Care Symposium

Reverend Dr. Richard Liew, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education of Episcopal Health Services, and one of the key organizers of the conference to be held in Malaysia. Reverend Dr. Richard Liew, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education of Episcopal Health Services, and one of the key organizers of the conference to be held in Malaysia. Episcopal Health Services' Vice President of Pastoral Care and Education of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, Reverend Dr. Cecily Broderick y Guerra, announced that a health symposium will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from November 17-21, 2008. Along with Malaysian participants, the symposium expects to draw seminal theoreticians and clinicians from around the world.

Episcopal Health Services and the Diocese of Long Island, through its Clinical Pastoral Education Training Program, is teaming up with the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia and the New York-New Jersey Chapter of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, to produce a landmark symposium which will stress that effective counseling, ministry, and clinical training must include contextual and cultural factors. The Clinical Pastoral Education Training Program of Episcopal Health Services is primarily based at St. John's Episcopal Hospital.

Keynote speakers at the symposium are Dr. K. Samuel Lee, Dr. John R. De- Velder, and Dr. Steven Voytovich. Professor Lee, executive director of The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy, teaches at Claremont Theological Seminary in California. Dr. DeVelder, president of the Council on Ministry in Specialized Settings, and past-president of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, is the director of Pastoral Care and Education at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Voytovich, a member of the International Council on Pastoral Care and Counseling, is the director of Pastoral Care and Education at Saint Rafael Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.

Clinical pastoral education (CPE) is theological and professional education for ministry. In CPE, theology students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders, and qualified lay people minister to people in crisis situations, especially in institutions such as hospitals and prisons, while being supervised. The CPE program of Episcopal Health Services is based at St. John's Episcopal and Bishop MacLean and Bishop Hucles Nursing Homes. To find out more about clinical pastoral education, call 718-869-7411 or visit www. ehs.org.

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