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In this time of pandemic, social justice challenges and natural and human-caused disasters, spiritual caregivers tend to minister to others first, often failing to replenish our own well of spiritual needs. This presentation centers around the importance of “Naming and Reframing” the essential work of spiritual care in our communities. We will take time to name the stressors in our work, recognize our stress responses, affirm our callings as ministers and chaplains, and reframe and refresh our intentions with positive self-care techniques.

Rev. Suzanne Malloy
Rev. Suzanne Malloy entered the hospital chaplaincy 15 years ago after completing a 30+ year career in law enforcement.  Her long service in the crisis field prepared her for her current position as a hospital trauma chaplain. In addition to serving the hospital population, Suzanne has served locally on the leadership team of the Santa Barbara County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), as Disaster Spiritual Care Lead for the American Red Cross, Pacific Coast Chapter, and as volunteer Parish Associate at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Nationally, Suzanne is a member of the National Response Team for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and has offered a ministry of presence at a variety of disasters, both natural and human-caused. Suzanne was certified as an PFA (Psychological First Aid) instructor by Dr. Robert D. Macy of International Trauma Center. She is certified to instruct PFA and Disaster Spiritual Care with the American Red Cross.