Number of weeks: 5
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Are you a chaplain or clergy person who serves people with dementia? Or, do you provide worship services to local retirement/ assisted living communities? This course will focus on how we as chaplains and clergy can be more present in our ministry work, including providing a spirit-filled worship service through which those with dementia can know they are loved by God.
This is an intensive course, which means we will be meeting on Blackboard every day for the first two weeks. Then you will have the rest of the course time to do the reading and turn in your final project for the course. If you have any questions or concerns during those remaining 3 weeks, you will be able to contact the instructor for continued dialogue.
Students will need the following books for this course:
- Dementia-Friendly Worship: A Multifaith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy, and Faith Communities, edited by Lynda Everman and Don Wendorf
- A Guide to the Spiritual Dimension of Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia: More than Body, Brain and Breath, by Eileen Shamy
Additional resources will be listed during the course for you to add to your library. 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 in ministry in faith communities for nearly 20 years, which includes being involved with children, youth, young adults, adults and those with disabilities. She has also been a caregiver for both her mom and her husband. As a pastor, she offers caregiver support to the community she serves.
Harriet’s website is: https://hwilkin.wixsite.com/hwministries