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News for Winter 2017

Monday, December 25, 2017 View Comments Comments (0)
NIBIC NEWS:  December 2017

 

Greetings from Houston, TX and the NIBIC headquarters at Worklife Institute.  We hope you are having a meaningful and joyful Season.  January 4-11, I will be in Washington, D.C. for the annual Endorsers’ and Cognate pastoral care groups meetings, representing NIBIC plus my own faith group, so if you have interests or concerns about the spiritual care movement that you wish to pass on to me, please let me know before I leave.

 

New Member: We welcome Vona Rose Wilson as a new Clinical Member from Franklin, Tennessee.  She is endorsed by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education & Ministry and serves as the Chaplain of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.  She is responsible for establishing systems and processes to provide for approximately 3,000 employees.  The YMCA serves over 25,000 members in Middle Tennessee.  Please reach out to her.  Vona’s contact information is:  615-340-7362vona.wilson@tnumc.org.

 

Member News from Karen Diefendorf: The Annual Chaplain Training Conference for Tyson Foods, Inc. was held October 2-5, 2017.  The theme was ‘Putting the Pieces Together.’  We kicked off the training with an opening BBQ meal and team building exercise with chaplains building rain gutter long banana splits!  As the new Director, I gave the opening address titled, ‘Where Does My Leadership Fit?’ and shared my philosophy of leadership as it relates to Tyson’s goals.  Tuesday was filled with various workshops and briefings.  Wednesday was a full day of training on the Blended Family by Dr. Ron Deal.  Thursday morning we wrapped up with an introduction of the new Regional Mentoring and Training Program to begin this January.  I have heard a lot of good feedback and excitement about where we are going.  I am thrilled to be in this position and ready to soon begin my second year.  Hard to believe that the first year is almost over.

 

Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling: Alan Harris continues to represent NIBIC well as our representative on the Journal of Pastoral Care Publication’s Board of Managers.  They now hold their meetings “virtually”, by teleconference.  He and I exchange information before and after the meetings.  NIBIC is up to date on its annual assessment, thanks to the members who turned in their dues this year.  For his own ministry, Alan is active as a staff chaplain and bereavement coordinator with Crossroads Hospice in Kansas City. 

 

Greg Edwards, our treasurer and web site keeper, Alan and I have been in discussion about the continuing problems some of our members are having accessing the Journal from our NIBIC website.  He reports that the publisher, SAGE, tells us that the web site hosting location Greg uses does not allow the necessary security code that SAGE uses to get through their security wall to be placed on our web site.   Greg and Alan cannot access the Journal, but now for some reason, I can.  So, I strongly recommend that we switch to another service that is user and editor-friendly.  Worklife Institute uses Go Daddy.  If you have a good service, please suggest it, ASAP.

As a stop-gap, I can offer a service to those of you who are current with your 2017 dues.  I have downloaded all the articles from the December 2017 edition and can send an online copy of any particular article you want to read. 

 

Following is a list of the current articles:  Editorial – Cultural Resilience; Jung’s Ethics; Grief – Fowler’s Stages; Eternal Life; A day in the life of a Mayo Chaplain; Frames for the Future – training; Faith-based understanding of Moral Injury; Return to Babel; Transcendental experiences vs. mental illness; Pastoral Practitioner.

 

Hurricane Harvey – Disaster Response Case Study:  Many of you inquired about how we and Houston were doing after Hurricane Harvey struck the last weekend of August.  The Institute is on high ground so got no rising water, but, being on the top floor, we did get a lot of water coming through the ceiling.  This has happened for the past nine years since Hurricane Ike whenever we have heavy storms, so building management knows to haul in new ceiling tiles.

Another staff member and I were able to get to the Institute Resource Center after the roads cleared in the neighborhood and set up a “Welcome Center”, let our clients know we care about them, find out how they were impacted and start with direct aid and referrals.  Within an hour we had almost 100 folks check in.   Many of them were forced from their flooded and unlivable homes, had their cars flooded (est. 500,000 vehicles under water), lost clothing and furniture and many lost their jobs due to the damage to their workplaces, loss of supply chain and customers.

 

The first round of Harvey Relief grants was given out to selected large agencies that deal with rehousing.  The second round was not given out until November 15th, but we were allowed to bid and won a grant to help people in Harris County become reemployed and provide supportive trauma counseling services, METRO and gas cards and respite space at the Institute.  Until then, we cared for large numbers on the existing funds we had on hand. 

We discovered quickly after Harvey that the Insurance, FEMA, Small Business Administration loan program cycle is a quagmire, so we upped our learning curve and began assisting clients to submit their FEMA appeals and look for alternative sources of aid.  Systematically, we have fielded situations in which home, renters and car insurance carriers write damage estimates for less than their deductibles or denied them because of rising water rather than falling water, or that their mold-filled homes are “habitable”.   Next step is FEMA, and the majority of our clients are being turned down or at best given funding far less that what is needed to do the necessary repairs, and then FEMA refers them on the SBA for a home repair or small business loan.  For those on fixed incomes or with low credit scores, this is not an option they can take.

  

Even more frustrating is that the majority of the $29 MM in the second Harvey Relief Fund was given to large, complex agencies to provide case management, housing repair, and financial assistance.  We have the print-out of services by agency and ZIP Code, but as we refer clients, they have been turned down or have gotten little response, being put into long waiting lists.  We and United Way 211 management have gotten together and discovered that this pattern appears to be area-wide.  FEMA support for hotel housing ends January 16th.  What is certain to all is that Harvey Recovery will be a long process, lasting years.  I know the same is true for the Irma-impacted and particularly for Puerto Rico.  Do keep the people affected in all these areas in supportive prayer.

 

We have also experienced how “secondary” trauma impacts the entire community.  Since the beginning of the response, we have encountered grouchy, numbed-out social service providers and are trying to take care of ourselves so that we don’t fall into that trap.  On the other hand, we witnessed the tremendous outpouring of neighbors helping neighbors and resiliency, aided, of course, by the Astros winning the World Series. The Institute is decked out for the holidays and offering hospitality, and we will be taking extra time at Christmas to chill out and enjoy company.

 

Let’s stay in touch with each other and please send in news from your own region.  In January we will be sending out the 2018 Directory Update and Dues form, so please be responsive.  Have a wonderful rest of the Holiday Season and start of the New Year.  

 

Diana C. Dale, D.Min., Ph.D.

Executive Director, NIBIC

News for Summer 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 View Comments Comments (0)
 Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:23:35 +0000
Subject: NIBIC NEWS - Summer 2017

Hello All,

 

First of all, I want to let you know that Greg Edwards, in Beaumont, and I, Diana Dale, in Houston, rode Hurricane Harvey out without damage.  The Worklife Institute, where NIBIC is headquartered, had quite a bit of ceiling damage, but they are fixing it today, so we are good to go.  Several NIBIC members did check in to see if we were OK, and we appreciate your thoughtfulness.

 

We are doing a Directory update, and I notice that the copied email list I am using has duplicate addresses.  We will repair that before the next News Notes goes out.  Sorry for any annoyance.

 

We are pleased to announce to you that we have two new Clinical Members this summer, Karen Diefendorf and Mark McCormick. 

 

Karen is Director of Chaplain Services for Tyson Foods.  She was 24 years an Army Chaplain, has 5 Units of CPE and is also a member of one of our sister organizations, ACPE.  After retiring from the Army she was a hospice chaplain in South Carolina.  She is stationed at Tyson corporate offices in Rogers, Arkansas, directly supervising four chaplains and indirectly their 100 corporate chaplains.  Her endorser is the Christian Church / Churches of Christ. 

 

Mark McCormick and his wife, Barbara, live near Fort Collins, Colorado where he is a full-time chaplain for Qualfon USA as part of Worksite Chaplains.   He completed 4 Units of ACPE CPE in Oregon, after which they relocated Denver, where he was a PRN hospital chaplain.  Mark is also a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.  Welcome aboard!  Their emails are at the end of the “to” list, so drop them a line of welcome.

 

In other news, Alan Harris, Certified Clinical member from Kansas City, has been representing NIBIC well as our delegate to the Board of Managers of the Journal of Pastoral Care Publications.  We are happy to say that we have submitted our entire 2017 Assessment fee so are in good standing.  The Journal has had some challenges in the past year with its new online publishing system.  I have tested the system through the NIBIC website, and it is working for me.  Do give it a try and then contact Greg Edwards or Alan if you are having difficulties.  New members, go to www.nibic.com and Greg will give you an invitation to get into the members, only, part of the site and also access the Journal.

 

Alan also reports that he became certified in 2016 with the Grief Recovery Institute and now conducts Grief Recovery Method groups in the Kansas City area.  He is planning to explore how GRM groups could be adapted and used by workplace Employee Assistance Programs and is asking if other NIBIC chaplains involved in EAP work use GRM.  He would like to initiate a discussion on this.

 

Juliette Jones, Certified Clinical member from Warm Mineral Wells, Florida, reports that she recently attended a great Carl Jung Society presentation and workshop with Dr. Rick Tarnas entitled, “Our moment in history: Is modern humanity undergoing a rite of passage?”  Juliette is a chaplain with Tide Well Hospice, which carries a census of about 1,000 people across four counties.  She states that this is the best hospice corporation she has experienced.  So those with interest ought to check in with her. 

 

Juliette also mentioned that her hospice administration is telling their chaplains who are not Certified that they will need certification in the future, so get going with that project.  NIBIC is listed as one of the bona fide certifying bodies by the corporation.  Greg Edwards, who now is Spiritual Care Coordinator for Kindred Hospice in Beaumont, TX, and I were discussing this subject today, and he noted that the Spiritual Care Association, by which NIBIC is recognized, has some alternative educational routes with on-the-job and remote learning in order to gain CPE equivalency required for certification.

 

Earlier this year, Bruce Maxwell, NIBIC chaplain with Breezewood Trucker/Traveler Ministry in Pennsylvania, sent their newsletter.  They hosted seminary students from Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. for a full-immersion experience with truckers, travelers, the homeless, response to wreckage sites.    Visit breezewoodtruckertraveler.org for more news of this dynamic ministry.

 

At Worklife Institute, our Texas Veterans Worklife Transition program is going strong into its 10th year.  We served over 500 veterans and their families this year and are happy to report that over 70% of them became employed, 79% in professional positions or skilled trades.  Most of them also took advantage of our “wrap-around” personal transition and family pastoral counseling and legal / financial advisement services.  Many of our veteran families took a hit from hurricane Harvey and are displaced.  A large company in California was cruising Houston-area service organizations and called yesterday offering to send direct-needs goods from their employee care program.  I canvassed our clients and found that most wanted gift cards for gas, groceries and personal care items, rather than shipped goods.  We are praying for a good response.  I have been at the Institute each day fielding calls.

 

Please continue to share your good news and resources.  For those of you who still owe 2017 dues and directory updates, please send them in ASAP.  And please continue to pray for the thousands of persons displaced and with property destruction and for our ministry here with them.

 

Chaplain Diana C. Dale, D.Min., Ph.D., LMFT

Executive Director, NIBIC

CEO and President, Worklife Institute

Director, Texas Veterans Transition Program

1900 St. James Place, Suite 880

Houston, TX 77056

dianadale@worklifeinstitute.com

713-266-2456713-963-9456

News for Fall 2016

Thursday, December 01, 2016 View Comments Comments (0)
 Hello NIBIC Members with current Email addresses:

 

I hope that you and those you serve had a good Veterans Day.  At Worklife Institute, we have provided our services at two Veterans and Families Hiring and Benefits events.  The “Red, White and You” state-wide job fair November 10th brought in 3,000 job seekers and 160 employers, plus 22 of us service organizations, at the baseball stadium downtown. The Veterans Day event took place outside of City Hall in conjunction with the annual parade.  Many veterans and their families who are out of work came by our information booth.

 

Several weeks ago three of us on our Institute team were in San Francisco for the Swords to Plowshares’ get-together for the California and Texas Employment and Training Collaborative.  We are one of four Texas and ten California organizations invited to be part of the program, to share best practices and explore new ways to get people back to work and with new skills.   It was great to get back to my old “stomping grounds”.  I hadn’t been back to the Bay Area in 18 years. 

 

Attached is a notice of the passing of Howard E. Butt, Jr., the founder of the HEB grocery chain, and a significant pioneer of the “faith in daily life”, servant-leadership and workplace ministry movements.  In other parts of the country we hear more about the leadership coming out of Chicago, New York and other places, but I thought you would be interested in the colorful and very influential work of H.E. Butt from Texas.

 

In a major development within the pastoral care associations and credentialing arena, we succeeded in getting NIBIC recognized as an approved certifying professional chaplaincy organization whose board certification is recognized as equivalent by the Spiritual Care Association.  I got notice in early October that the SCA was offering half-price membership and application for Board certification to celebrate its rapid growth in six months to more than 1,000 members and offices in nine countries. 

 

Dave Plummer, myself and others in NIBIC had been watching this organization’s development, because it had been publicizing “evidence-based” chaplaincy credentialing as a future-oriented approach to pastoral care competency measurement and stirring the waters of the older certifying bodies.  For many years we have had to deal with a succession of alliances within COMISS and beyond that have purported to define common standards for pastoral care certification, and which had cut NIBIC and other major players out, jeopardizing some of our members’ employment.  I went on the SCA’s website and saw that we were not listed for equivalency, so I wrote SCA’s leadership.

 

Sue Wintz, who is responsible for “vetting certifying organizations eligible to partner with (SCA) in certifying chaplains”, and I had a series of discussions, and I  shared what we sent to a team of NIBIC folks, including Juliette Jones, Alan Harris, Martha Gonsalves, Art Jacobson, Greg Edwards, Dave Plummer and Tim Bancroft.  From our qualifications documents, they said they were under the impression that we don’t require the 2,000 hours of clinical practice as a chaplain prior to certification application and question our ministerial identity.

 

Wintz explained,  “it reads as though NIBIC certification is granted for (a), being a secular counselor as enough, and (b), the person doesn’t have to be working as a chaplain; they just have to be doing pastoral care, however that may be defined.  That appears to say that a person could work in HR or in Employee Assistance and not be pastorally or chaplaincy identified at all, nor have the required training and experience.  Because of these issues, we cannot offer reciprocal certification by SCA to your members at this time.  Please let us know in the future if these issues are readdressed.”  This is the same stance that we have experienced over the past years.

 

I responded with an overview of our stated certification requirements and a historical scan of corporate changes over the past thirty years. This is  attached as a statement you can use, if you’d like, to provide clarity to “doubters” you may encounter.  SCA’s response the same day, October 18, was as follows: “Thanks so much for the additional information; it greatly helps to clarify information that wasn’t as clear for us in the written materials as well as describe the dynamics that many workplace chaplains face which we weren’t aware of.  I’ve discussed this with Eric Hall (CEO & President, SCA), and we would be happy to include NIIC chaplains as having reciprocal certification by the Spiritual Care Association.  We will ensure that NIBIC is added to the SCA Certification page as one of the recognized U.S. or international professional chaplaincy organizations as recognized for Path 1 certification as a SCA BCC.   “

 

You can access this page by going to https://www.spiritualcareassociation.org/credentialing-and-certification-requirements.html.  Whether or not NIBIC members wish to take advantage of this additional certification, or if it is helpful to your place of employment, is up to you.  The significance of what we have worked on here is that a great breakthrough in understanding, collaboration and respect for multiple paths towards competency has occurred.  This is a hopeful sign for the spiritual /pastoral care movement and our place in it.

 

Do write with your news.  Our next edition of the NIBIC News Notes will come out shortly after the New Year.  Blessings of the Season to you and your ministry.

 

Diana C. Dale, D.Min., Ph.D., LMFT, NBCC

CEO and President, Worklife Institute

Executive Director, NIBIC

1900 St. James Place, Suite 880

Houston, TX 77056

713-266-2456  dianadale@worklifeinstitute.com

 

News for Winter 2016

Monday, February 01, 2016 View Comments Comments (0)
 Hello NIBIC members,

 

Attached is your 2016 Dues and Directory Update form to send in ASAP.  Later in the Spring we will publish an updated version of the Directory, based on what changes you send it.  Please also note the information requests on the bottom of the form.  Please volunteer to be the News Notes editor.  Also let us know if you would want to attend an in-person gathering for sharing best practices this year, and if you would be able to come and suggest a venue.

 

I have very good news for you about our new accessibility to the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling.  Greg Edwards and I had been wrestling with this for a long time, then Alan Harris, our new representative to the JPCP Board to Managers, really took the challenge in hand, and working with Sage Publications they managed to get our membership link established.  I just tried it, and it works!  Here are the steps to get into the publication:

 

1)       Log into the NIBIC website with your own user ID and password.  (If you haven’t done this before and have trouble, contact Greg at gebedwards@yahoo.com)

2)      On the members page, click on the link to Sage Publications and the PJCC page.

3)      The NIBIC name will appear in small letters on the upper left-hand side of the page.

4)      Then click on the model of the cover of the Journal, on the left side of the page.

5)      This ought to get you to the current issue.  You access each article by checking the square to the left of the title and clicking the pdf icon below to open the article.

 

Let me know how it works for you, and good reading.

 

The pastoral care leadership meetings in Washington, D.C. were very well done and interesting this year.  I got back two weeks ago, before the snow hit.  The theme of the COMISS  (civilian credentialing and endorsing groups) conference this year was, “The Science of Well-Being.”  Matt Bloom, Ph.D. presented during three sessions.  A clip of his message can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7WODqs-yxA.   There was also an distinct air of collegiality and civility in evidence this year – a great sign of spiritual and professional maturing, in contrast with past years’ incidents of ideological and competitive discord.

 

During the military and VA chaplaincy endorsers’ meeting, I got to present our program from Worklife Institute, as one of two programs selected from the membership to demonstrate best-practices and a model for other organizations’ creating new programs to meet emerging needs.  The session got a lot of enthusiastic response, with requests for copies of the slides and further program sharing.  I encourage the rest of us NIBIC members to circulate your program innovations, and let’s get a resource network going, with what we produce also stored on our website.

 

I wish you a great start to 2016, and again, thanks to Alan Harris for pursuing our JPCC link. Best to you,  Diana Dale

 

Diana C. Dale, D.Min., Ph.D., LMFT

CEO and President, Worklife Institute

Executive Director, NIBIC

1900 St. James Place, Suite 880

Houston, TX 77056

713-266-2456  dianadale@worklifeinstitute.com

 

 

News for September 2015

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Hello NIBIC folks,

 

Happy Labor Day week.   To continue the theme of good work for workers, the national Interfaith Worker Justice website, www.iwj.org, has a broad range of resources and worship materials for you to use in your workplace and congregational ministries this season.  We make the resources available here at Worklife Institute.

 

This week we participated in a major hiring fair at the baseball stadium in Houston.  1,000 transitioning veterans and their family members mobbed our information table looking for new opportunities.  The Oil & Gas industry has plummeted in this region, and over 70,000 jobs have been lost in the greater Houston area.  Many of those we assisted through their job search over the past seven years are having to hit the pavement again.  Employment cycles are a major challenge, and I hope that more of us industrial and business chaplains will buff up our skills in career transition counseling and use that to reach out to the working people in your region.  If anyone in NIBIC would like some coaching in developing or updating these skills, you may call us at Worklife Institute.  Likewise, any other NIBIC members who have this knowledge, please copy the email list above and offer your assistance.

 

Another application of workplace ministry I recommend getting refresher training for is in providing critical incident response.  We at Worklife Institute head up or are part of a number of Employee Assistance Program – based critical incident response teams.  This summer, we have been called on to handle a variety of incidents, including corporate layoff days, retail and bank armed robberies, the murder of a company area manager by a just-fired employee, and a manager suicide.  Each situation is unique, and we go on-site with prayerful openness to discern what is going on under the surface, to pick up on each employee’s personal response with respect and compassion, to provide support to management and help restore a sense of safety and hope.

 

The current issue of The Journal of Employee Assistance (3rd Quarter 2015, VOL. 45 No.3) is a good place to start.  The cover article is entitled, “Broadening the Value of Critical Incident Response” (pp. 10-13).  It recounts a 5-year study which found that the most common requests for CIR services have been employee death (45%), robbery and armed robbery (31%), and layoff, downsizing, termination (8%).   This is what we are experiencing for the Houston area.  You can request a copy of the Final Report Executive Summary at jfrey@ssw.umaryland.edu

 

Some Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling news:  Alan Harris has taken over from Dave Plummer as NIBIC’s representative on the Board of Managers.  Sage Publications is now the producer of the Journal, which is on-line.  We have access to the Journal through logging on to the www.nibic.com website and clicking on the Journal link.  Greg Edwards, our Treasurer and web keeper, is troubleshooting the link as I write this, because there have been some bumps in making the publisher transition to member pastoral care organizations.  By the time you read this, we should be up and running.  Remember that you need to create your log on before you can access this member benefit.  The summer issue is now online. 

 

And, NIBIC Board notes:  Several of us, including myself, Alan Harris, Juliette Jones, and Lowell Graves, are going to be getting our heads together in a brainstorming session to see how NIBIC members can link closer together to provide for collaboration and energizing in our association.  All your ideas are welcome.  Also, for anyone who is in arears with your 2015 dues, please send them in ASAP, so that we can pay our website and JCPC assessments. 

 

Wishing you the best and blessings for a good start to the Fall back to work and school season.  Diana

 

Diana C. Dale, D.Min., Ph.D., LMFT

Executive Director, NIBIC

CEO and President, Worklife Institute

1900 St. James Place, Suite 880

Houston, TX 77056

713-266-2456  dianadale@worklifeinstitute.com

 

News for December 2014

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News for September 2014

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