Friday, 24 May 2019

Naomi Paget Crisis Care Workshops

Written by Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson

Ministry can be stressful in ordinary times and extreme, even disabling, at others.

A wide range of ministers, chaplains and managers in the Uniting Church will, by nature of their work, encounter periods of crisis which can be testing on themselves and their people.

We do well to understand the dynamics of how stress affects our life and relationships and build our capacity and resilience in terms of crisis management.

In July one of the world’s experts in crisis care will be visiting Australia. Rev. Dr Naomi Paget is a Crisis Interventionist and Chair of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, Emotional & Spiritual Care Committee (ESCC).

Her work with American Red Cross and the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has extended to countless disaster relief deployments and there is no more experienced trainer in the field of managing care in crisis situations.

Naomi Paget wrote the foundational training course on which current disaster recovery chaplaincy training is based in NSW, ACT, SA, NT and WA.

Dr. Paget is being brought out by the AVECA (the Australian Volunteer Emergency Chaplaincy Alliance), a network of the National Council of Churches in Australia and the national body which links the states’ and territories’ volunteer disaster relief chaplaincy networks.

She comes with the support of the UCA Synod of NSW and ACT’s Disaster Recovery Committee and the VCC Emergencies Ministry.

The workshops will be held in Sydney at Wesley Mission on July 16,17 and 18 and duplicated in Melbourne on July 22,23 and 24.

The three days include “Operational Stress First Aid” which equips carers and leaders to support and care for other carers under severe stress or in trauma situations, “Managing Personal Relationships During Crisis” – very useful for anyone in leadership in maintaining healthy personal and work relationships in stressful settings, including how to manage conflict in stressful work situations and; “Resilience for Stress Management During Crisis” – which gives a greater understanding of stress, both positive and negative and ways to build a level of resilience.

Costs have been kept as low as possible and tickets may be purchased for all or any of the days singly.

This link will connect you to more information and a link to book online through Eventbrite.

For still more information, contact Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0412 820 848.