Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
This class 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 class, we consider First Responders to be fire fighters, police, and paramedics.
When one life changes, a whole family is changed. We’ll watch real-life videos of such changes for First Responders and hear what they learned through the process. We’ll also explore this theme in one of the course’s texts.
We’ll also read about PTSD and how it plays a role in a First Responder’s life. As a student, you will be asked to watch current TV shows that portray First Responders. There will be an ongoing assignment and you will be asked to write several case studies.
There are two required books for this course, which you will need to purchase before you begin. They are Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, M.D., and My Life and Lesser Catastrophes by Christina Schofield. Other readings will be provided through the course.
This class is for pastors and for laity who help out 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.You’ll need at least 3 hours of work each week to cover the work in this course.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Harriet Wilkin serves as a Local Pastor in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business of Science in Administration/ Management, and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Critical Communications. Harriet graduated in 2015 with her Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology.
Harriet has been a caregiver for both her mom and her husband. As a pastor, she offers caregiver support to the community she serves and beyond.
Harriet has been in ministry at churches, either as a volunteer or as paid staff, for nearly 20 years. Her background includes teaching and coordinating ministries for children, youth, and adults.
Harriet’s website is: https://hwilkin.wixsite.com/hwministries