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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

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   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




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,, 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


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 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



News for December 2014

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News for September 2014

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