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Group Dynamics and Dynamic Groups: Basic Support Group Facilitation Skills

Presented by Rev. Traci Houts, MDiv, MSW

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Program Summary
While chaplains have often provided grief support groups and spirituality groups, very few learned group facilitation skills from their seminary/theological education or CPE programs. As healthcare continues to grow in ambulatory and community settings, there is a knowledge and experience gap for chaplains to successfully partner with key stakeholders and facilitate groups. Whether it is grief groups and behavioral health groups or caregiver groups and chronic pain groups, once a chaplain has foundational facilitation skills, they can be adapted across populations and settings.

Program Objectives
  1. Discuss opportunities for Spiritual Care in groups: inpatient, outpatient, community
  2. Explore group types and their corresponding strengths/weaknesses i.e. open vs. closed; non-structured peer support vs. curriculum based
  3. Review best practices: co-facilitation, screening and referral, keeping boundaries
  4. Teach strategies for achieving balance and managing a variety of personality types

About the Presenter Rev. Traci Houts, MDiv, MSW, is a Board Certified Chaplain with Ascension Health and she is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Traci has been a chaplain for 14 years and now serves as the Manager of Spiritual Care for the South Region of Ascension, Wisconsin. Traci was formerly a family therapist and director of a counseling center in Iowa. She has experience facilitating many groups including: grief support groups, survivors of suicide, sexual assault and incest survivors, domestic abuse groups, cancer support groups, and mental health/addictions support groups. Traci lives in Sussex with her husband and three young children.

NACC Certification Competencies Covered by the Webinar: PPS1, PPS3, PPS5, PPS9, PIC4.


June 13 2019 Webinar Fact Sheet (participants) (The Fact Sheet contains call-in instructions and numbers)
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