Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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For the purpose of this course, the instructor defines Caregivers as those who are parents of those with disabilities, spouses taking care of spouses, partners taking care of partners, and teens/ adults caring for parents and siblings.
The Caregiver is also a patient advocate. Through this course we will be looking at the storms of life and how we as pastors and/or lay members who do visitations can support Caregivers. During the course, you will develop a program to give support to Caregivers in your local community.
Caregivers are all around us. How can we be there for them? How can we provide spiritual support for them?
You’ll need copies of the following books for this class:
- In Sickness and In Health: Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s, by William M. Grubbs
- Scared Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation, by Ruth Haley Barton
The following downloads are included in the course and will be available once it begins:
- Harriet’s updated book, Caring for the Caregiver
- Sample downloads of materials for marketing the Caregiver Support group and handouts for the Caregivers
- Sample downloads of Harriet’s EveryDay Caregiver Planner and the Everyday Patient Planner
This course will run for 6 weeks and is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Harriet Wilkin has been called into ministry to be bring the Gospel message of love, hope, peace, and joy. She knows what it means for a community of faith to come together to support one another and to support the local community. Harriet has served both rural and urban congregations. Harriet believes that through community and through inter-generational ministry the Holy Spirit is working to bring the message of Christ’s redeeming love to all.
Harriet has two bachelor’s degrees and a Master of Divinity degree. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/ Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Critical Communications. Upon completing her Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology in 2015, Harriet was appointed to her first church as solo-pastor in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. Harriet has been studying Spiritual Formation, and she continues to study a variety of topics that include religion, leadership, business, and communications.
Harriet’s early days in ministry revolved around Christian program/ ministry development for children, youth, and young adults. She has experience of nearly 20 years working as a volunteer or staff person in the local church. Harriet has also worked at an Easter Seal camp working with various age groups with disabilities.
God has given Harriet the following skills: organizational skills, administration/ business skills, teacher/ preacher, building or re-building programs/ ministries, visitation ministry, small group facilitator, writing ministry resources for all age groups, passion about inter-generational ministry, developing ministry support for those with disabilities and their families, support group for Caregivers, support for First Responders, Veterans, and their families, organize/ plan worship services, and researching for materials that can be used in a ministry setting. She enjoys being creative with ministry and trying new and exciting ministries that offer support and outreach to all who are searching for a deeper connection with Christ.
Harriet’s website is: https://hwilkin.wixsite.com/hwministries