Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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This course will explore the lives of First Responders and what they experience in doing the job they have been called to. For the purposes of this course, we consider First Responders to be fire fighters, police, and paramedics.
At one time, many first responders did not talk about the calls there were on. If they were to show emotion, there was the perception that they might be weak. As a result of all that first responders witness while on duty and even when off duty, it does affect them and their families. Because of all that they witness many of the first responders are dealing with PTSD, depression and anxiety.
There are three required books for this course, which you will need to purchase before you begin. Other readings, including a workbook, will be provided through the course. Required texts are:
- When the Laughter Dies: A True Account of a Firefighter/EMT and His Struggle with PTSD, by Paul D. Barnes Sr.
- Trauma + Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World, by Serene Jones
- Stories of Faith and Courage from Firefighters and First Responders, by Gaius and Sue Reynolds
This class is for pastors and for laity who are involved with pastoral care, to help them understand the challenges First Responders face so they can better provide pastoral care to First Responders and their families. The skills learned in this course may also help you provide pastoral care to military veterans. The average work for this course is 5 hours.
This course 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