A brief summary of the essentials of Disaster Spiritual Care.

PENNSYLVANIA DISASTER SPIRITUAL CARE NETWORK 8 Things You Should Know about Disaster Spiritual Care … and some wisdom to go with them
PENNSYLVANIA DISASTER SPIRITUAL CARE NETWORK  8 Things You Should Know about Disaster Spiritual Care     and some wisdom t...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #1 is about hope. Disaster Spiritual Care helps those affected by disaster to draw upon their own emotional and spiritual resources to find the hope necessary for recovery.
Disaster Spiritual Care       1  is about hope.  Disaster Spiritual Care helps those affected by disaster to draw upon the...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #1 is about hope. WISDOM: “Hope is the foundation for resiliency.”
Disaster Spiritual Care       1  is about hope.  WISDOM     Hope is the foundation for resiliency.
Disaster Spiritual Care … #2 is about spiritual care. Disaster Spiritual Care provides care to all persons regardless of religion. When possible and welcomed, the care-giver will facilitate contact with one’s religious community or tradition. more
Disaster Spiritual Care       2  is about spiritual care.  Disaster Spiritual Care provides care to all persons regardless...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #2 is about spiritual care. Spiritual (Public Care) Religious (Private Care) Focus is on the recovery of self and his/her sense of a higher power Discovers the order that overcomes chaos Crosses the boundaries between religions Focus is on recovering beliefs that conform to a particular religious system Order conforms to a particular set of beliefs Is confined within the boundaries of a particular religion’s belief system Particular – “believe this way” Focused on conformity Offers traditional resources that the survivor is urged to adopt Universal – even atheists have spiritual dimensions Focused on recovery Draws the survivor’s resources out Public Care refers to care for diverse groups such as a community. Private Care refers to care given by a faith leader to his/her own people.
Disaster Spiritual Care       2  is about spiritual care.  Spiritual  Public Care   Religious  Private Care   Focus is on ...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #2 is about spiritual care. WISDOM (1): “All persons have a spiritual core even if it is not part of a religion.”
Disaster Spiritual Care       2  is about spiritual care.  WISDOM  1      All persons have a spiritual core even if it is ...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #2 is about spiritual care. WISDOM (2): “A national poll sponsored by the Red Cross after 9/11 reported that 60 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to seek help from a spiritual caregiver than either a physician (45%) or a mental health professional (40%).” -- Koenig, Harold G. In the Wake of Disaster: Religious Responses to Terrorism and Catastrophe . Templeton Press, 2008
Disaster Spiritual Care       2  is about spiritual care.  WISDOM  2      A national poll sponsored by the Red Cross after...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #3 does not proselytize. Spiritual Care providers recognize that survivors of disaster are often extremely vulnerable and will not abuse this imbalance of power to serve any ends except the survivor’s well-being.
Disaster Spiritual Care       3  does not proselytize.  Spiritual Care providers recognize that survivors of disaster are ...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #3 does not proselytize. WISDOM: “It is all about recovery, not recruitment.”
Disaster Spiritual Care       3  does not proselytize.  WISDOM     It is all about recovery, not recruitment.
Disaster Spiritual Care … #4 is effective throughout a disaster’s life-cycle. Survivors often go from “why” questions to “how” questions. • “Why did this happen?” • “How do I go on?” Throughout, these questions have both practical levels and deeply spiritual ones.
Disaster Spiritual Care       4  is effective throughout a disaster   s life-cycle.  Survivors often go from    why    que...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #4 is effective throughout a disaster’s life-cycle. WISDOM: “Every disaster has a life-cycle and so do its survivors.”
Disaster Spiritual Care       4  is effective throughout a disaster   s life-cycle.  WISDOM     Every disaster has a life-...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #5 is team-oriented. Spiritual care works cooperatively with other responders – especially Behavioral Health providers and local faith-based leaders. more
Disaster Spiritual Care       5  is team-oriented.  Spiritual care works cooperatively with other responders     especiall...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #5 is team-oriented. Spiritual care providers are trained to detect underlying psychological and emotional conditions which are to be referred to specialists in those areas. They also recognize that each faith tradition has intricacies which they may not be qualified to interpret. Those intricacies are best addressed by leaders from the survivor’s own faith tradition.
Disaster Spiritual Care       5  is team-oriented.  Spiritual care providers are trained to detect underlying psychologica...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #5 is team-oriented. WISDOM: “No one is everyone and anything is too often nothing.”
Disaster Spiritual Care       5  is team-oriented.  WISDOM     No one is everyone and anything is too often nothing.
Disaster Spiritual Care … #6 recognizes the power of stories. Stories can not only knit people together, but can reknit hope and resiliency within the individual. Spiritual stories (even when not framed in spiritual language) have the power to give shape to individual stories and allow the spiritual provider to accompany survivors on what may well be the most difficult journey of their lives.
Disaster Spiritual Care       6  recognizes the power of stories.  Stories can not only knit people together, but can rekn...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #6 recognizes the power of stories. WISDOM: “The most powerful accompaniment is being with others through their stories.”
Disaster Spiritual Care       6  recognizes the power of stories.  WISDOM     The most powerful accompaniment is being wit...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #7 is about presence. The most powerful tool the spiritual care provider has is the power of presence. Words are frequently far less important than the provider’s presence with the survivor.
Disaster Spiritual Care       7  is about presence.  The most powerful tool the spiritual care provider has is the power o...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #7 is about presence. WISDOM (1): “Presence commonly trumps words.” WISDOM (2): “If you cannot improve on silence, don’t try.”
Disaster Spiritual Care       7  is about presence.  WISDOM  1      Presence commonly trumps words.    WISDOM  2      If y...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #8 is about being well-trained and committed to common principles. Wanting to help those in distress is common human nature. But, as in other response disciplines, harm can result from untrained response or compromised principles.
Disaster Spiritual Care       8  is about being well-trained and committed to common principles.  Wanting to help those in...
Disaster Spiritual Care … #8 is about being well-trained and committed to common principles. WISDOM (1): “Always know how to ‘do no harm.’” WISDOM (2): “Wanting to help is eclipsed by knowing how and why.”
Disaster Spiritual Care       8  is about being well-trained and committed to common principles.  WISDOM  1      Always kn...
Two final pieces of wisdom. WISDOM (1): “God/The Deity (however understood) always precedes responders to the site of a disaster and is always present after those responders have departed.”
Two final pieces of wisdom. WISDOM  1      God The Deity  however understood  always precedes responders to the site of a ...
Two final pieces of wisdom. WISDOM (2): “Spiritual Care providers are the hands, arms, feet and speech of God/The Deity and not of themselves.”
Two final pieces of wisdom. WISDOM  2      Spiritual Care providers are the hands, arms, feet and speech of God The Deity ...
These are 8 things you should know about Disaster Spiritual Care 1. It is about hope. 2. It is about spiritual care. 3. It does not proselytize. 4. It is effective throughout a disaster’s life-cycle. 5. It is team-oriented. 6. It recognizes the power of stories. 7. It is about presence. 8. It is about being welltrained and committed to common principles.
These are 8 things you should know about Disaster Spiritual Care 1. It is about hope. 2. It is about spiritual care. 3. It...