(OCA) - On Friday, October 24, 2014, Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here will host a one-day seminar titled “Pastoral Counseling Following Abortion and Other Crises,” specifically designed for pastors, trained counselors and parish lay ministers engaged with those suffering from post-abortion distress and other trauma.
Dr. Theresa Karminski Burke, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry dealing with post-abortion healing, will lead four sessions: “The Need for Post-Abortion Counseling,” “Pregnancy Loss and Suicide,” “Crash Course in Trauma (PTSD),” and “Brain Science: How Emotional Trauma Impacts the Brain.”
Dr. Burke, who holds an MA and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University, has lectured and trained professionals nationally on the subject of post-abortion healing, and her programs offer a unique sensory-based treatment that integrates emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. She is a Nationally Certified Psychologist, Certified Diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association, Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Clinical Psychotherapist, and Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Counselors.
The Saint Ambrose Society, a student-run pro-life group at Saint Vladimir’s, is sponsoring the seminar. The Society’s President, Seminarian Ignatius Green, said the group is especially pleased to present the opportunity because “nearly every priest will meet women who are suffering with the consequences of abortion, and this workshop will show how clergy and others engaged in healing ministries can more effectively minister to women who are seeking emotional and spiritual healing.”
Pastors, counselors, lay ministers, and seminarians of all faith communities are welcome to the seminar, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Foundation Building, top floor.
To register, send an e-mail to SAS@svots.edu by October 20. The $30.00 registration fee includes lunch. Please mail check payable to “Saint Vladimir’s Seminary” (memo: SAS) to Saint Ambrose Society, 575 Scarsdale Road, Yonkers, NY 10707.
Flyers for downloading are available here (PDF).