Attachment is the bonding process that God designed to build closeness in humans. Attachment begins in infancy as a survival necessity, but continues into our adult lives and closest adult relationships. Emotional sharing, vulnerability, and touch are key components of the adult attachment bond which help build intimate relationships in adults. When clergy members have their attachment needs met in healthy ways they are less likely to engage in boundary crossings or boundary violations with their parishioners.
This workshop will educate clergy and lay leaders about the wonderful attachment design that God has created for their fulfillment in relationships, and will focus them on meeting those needs in healthy relationships. Attachment needs assessment and self-care strategies will be offered for both married and single clergy alike.
Workshop facilitator, Dr. Jesse Gill, Psy.D., is a Christian psychologist who has worked at Psychological Health Affiliates in Lancaster, PA, for the past 14 years. He has been greatly enriched in his work integrating Scripture with Attachment Theory, and applying it to marital therapy. He just released his book, “Face to Face: Seven Keys to a Secure Marriage” and speaks regularly on the subject. Dr. Gill and his wife April are in leadership together at their church, and are enjoying the experience of creating secure attachment in their marriage and in parenting.
The fee for the workshop is $35 per person and includes continental breakfast starting at 8:30 AM, lunch, and course materials. This workshop will satisfy the quadrennial requirement of sexual ethics. A 0.5 CEU certificate will be issued at the completion of the workshop.
Advanced Level Electives in Sexual Ethics are designed not only to complete the required quadrennial continuing education expectations, but to engage persons in ministerial roles in ongoing accountable dialogue on appropriate healthy boundaries in ministerial practice. The emphasis on these courses is not just on “data input,” but on praxis (applying what we know, integrating what we learn into our professional and personal behavior). Only one 0.5 CEU credited workshop in sexual ethics is required every four years, but all workshops are open to all persons for their benefit. (Additional CEU credit can be obtained and applied toward our professionally required 4.0 CEUs per quadrennium, by taking these additional courses.)