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:

  • 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 http://gebedwards@yahoo.com)
  • On the members page, click on the link to Sage Publications and the PJCC page.
  • The NIBIC name will appear in small letters on the upper left-hand side of the page.
  • Then click on the model of the cover of the Journal, on the left side of the page.
  • 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

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