Center offers workshop on service ‘burnout’

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QUEZON City, Oct. 28, 2015 – To mark the 34th year of its foundation, Emmaus Center offers a half-day program on burnout and self-care to those in ministries that involve accompanying, caring, and helping other people.

In line with this, the center has invited Dr. Robert Wicks, PsyD to give a talk entitled “Riding the Dragon: Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times (Lessons on Self-Care)” on Nov. 13, Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Leong Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Wicks is a burn-out specialist who combines his expertise and experience in pastoral psychology and spirituality in attending to and inspiring people in ministries and service-oriented endeavors.

Stress relief

A Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice awardee, he goes around the world and engages relief workers, counselors, nurses, military personnel, educators, religious, and others in related involvements which make them prone to take in secondary stress.

Wick’s best-selling book, “Riding The Dragon,” is set to be produced locally by Jesuit Communications (JesCom) and will be sold on the day of the event.

Meanwhile, MAGIS Creative Spaces, Emmaus Center’s partner in bringing Wicks to the Philippines, also plans to mount a related event.

Dubbed “Bounce: Living the Resilient Life,” it is conceived as a whole day talk and workshop on stress management and self-care through expressive arts scheduled on Nov. 16, Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Makati Sports Club, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Founded in Nov. 1981 by religious and lay people, Emmaus Center aims to address the formation needs of various religious congregations, seminaries, lay organizations, and clergy in the Philippines.

Integral formation

According to its official website, Emmaus founders believe in the “integral psycho-spiritual formation of individuals and groups participating in God’s work.”

“We accompany them in the process of discovering their authentic selves towards greater spiritual freedom, enabling them to recognize and respond to God’s loving presence in their lives. We strive to foster the Ignatian ideals of cura personalis (unique care for each person) and discernment (disposing oneself to seek and do God’s will),” they explain.

The founders, led by Fr. Benny S. Calpotura, SJ, are Eva K. Galvey and Ma. Teresa V. Nietes; Fr. Ben Moraleda, CSsR; Fr. Bernard MacEahern, CP; Sr. Mary James Wilson, RGS; Sr. Maribel Carceller, RSCJ; and Clarissa Bañuelos.

Limited slots are available for the event. For inquiries, fees, and registration information, interested parties may contact Emmaus Center at emmausphil@yahoo.com or 9286040 or 4266001 loc 4875. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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