Video recordings of past symposiums are available to view below. Registration fees and terms apply, and 3 CEUs will be awarded.
This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements. However, participants are responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education credit.
Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
Nurses have the opportunity to care for diverse populations. Research has shown that the LGBTQIA+ community has been stigmatized and denied access to health care and other resources due to lack of knowledge or implicit bias of health care professionals or faith communities. This symposium will increase the FCN’s ability to provide ethical and spiritual care to this marginalized community and their family members. Sponsored by CARE Counseling and Our Lady of Peace Homecare and Hospice.
Depression in Older Adults
The incidence of depression in persons over the age of 65 is increasing but often undiagnosed. Depression can impact the quality of life, function, health and risk of death among older adults. In this symposium, you’ll learn about effective ways to screen for depression and the interventions and resources to help clients. Sponsored by Emerald Crest and Friends, Co.
Responding to Mental Health Concerns in Faith Communities
In this interactive program, Marjorie Schaffer, PhD, RN, Bethel University School of Nursing Professor Emerita, presents on mental health considerations and risks throughout the lifespan and details many practical mental health resources for families and faith communities. She shares ways to support a loved one living with mental illness, from her own lived experience. Sponsored by Ebenezer.
Early Childhood Development
In this interactive program, attendees will explore culturally congruent practice as outlined in In this interactive program, attendees will learn about the FCN role in supporting parents and promoting healthy early childhood development. Additionally, attendees will hear about how experiences in early childhood greatly impact health and well-being outcomes later in life. Presenters will share resources and information for you to use with young children and families in your faith community. Sponsored by Ecumen.
Culturally Congruent Practice for the Faith Community Nurse
In this interactive program, attendees will explore culturally congruent practice as outlined in the Faith Community Nurse Scope and Standards of Practice. Attendees will be able to develop practical strategies for culturally congruent care and engage in self-reflection and a cultural assessment of their faith community. Sponsored by Lyngblomsten.
Food as Medicine
This program includes an overview of how foods affect our brains physically; how foods and nutrients can help or hurt our emotions and moods; the gut-brain connection; mindful eating and eating plans; using nutrition to address health concerns such as IBS and chronic constipation. Sponsored by Presbyterian Homes & Services.
This program includes an overview of emergency and safety considerations in the context of the faith community, including information on the faith community nurse role and practical resources. Sponsored by Metro Meals on Wheels.
The FCN Role in Supporting Family Caregivers
This program includes an overview of the evolving, whole-person approaches to providing support to family caregivers and best-practice tools and resources to develop a family caregiving ministry. Sponsored by MHealth Fairview.
Spiritual Development for FCNs
This program includes an overview of the nature of spiritual development and identifies ways in which knowledge of spiritual development can be used in providing care to faith community members. Sponsored by Ecumen.
Creating Dementia-Friendly Faith Communities
This program includes an overview of Dementia Friends, strategies for supporting congregants with dementia and their care partners, concrete resources for becoming a dementia-friendly faith community, and more. Sponsored by Presbyterian Homes & Services.
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The Art of Listening: Healing Ourselves,
Our Clients, Our Communities
Presenter: Elizabeth Andress, M.A.
Nursing Continuing Education Credits: 3.0 contact hours*
Cost: $35 (USD)
Format: 5 lessons, 1 – 4 short videos per lesson, self-reflection writing activities, each lesson ends with a quiz of 2-3 questions that must be passed before moving forward in course (quizzes can be taken as many times as needed)
Summary: Through a series of videos and activities, learners will be guided to improving their deep listening skills as faith community nurses. Learners will use contemplative prayer and meditation to deepen their listening to God and self, and reflect on the interconnections between listening to God, self, clients and in the broader community for healing to happen.
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Lesson 1: Qualities of Deep Listening
There are two modules in this lesson. In the first, Elizabeth introduces the essential qualities of deep listening. In the second module, participants get the opportunity to practice deep listening by listening to a faith community nurse speak about an impactful moment in her faith community nursing practice.
Lesson 2: Listening to God
In this lesson, Elizabeth speaks about contemplative prayer. Learners will take time during the lesson to do a reflective writing activity.
Lesson 3: Listening to Self
Lesson 3 consists of four modules. Elizabeth outlines how listening to our own inner voice through mindfulness benefits ourselves and our clients. Learners will watch a short video overview on mindfulness and participate in a guided meditation.
Lesson 4: Listening to Clients
Learners will explore how to connect with others through presence in this lesson. Learners will also complete a reading and associated activity. Elizabeth shares 9 guidelines for listening to others.
Lesson 5: Listening in Community
In Lesson 5, Elizabeth shares her experiences in faith-based community organizing. She introduces learners to the basic concepts of one-to-one conversations and how one-to-ones build the relationships that are necessary to create social change. Learners will have the opportunity to do a writing and reflection activity.