One of the greatest gifts we can share with others is a sense of our own peace. However, we can’t share what we don’t have. By discussing spiritual and psychological approaches to maintaining perspective and inner strength in challenging times, Dr. Wicks, an expert on the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures experienced in reaching out to others) and author of Perspective: The Calm within the Storm, Bounce: Living the Resilient Life and Riding the Dragon, offers insights into how we can live in peace and, in turn, extend our warmth to others without losing our own inner fire in the process. Topics will include: maintaining a healthy sense of perspective; avoiding dangers that lead to unnecessary stress; developing your own self-care program; knowing the four “voices” we need in our circle of friends to have balance and courage in life; improving self-awareness; facing inner darkness; and developing a rule of prayer. Practical, illustrative, lively, this rich presentation will provide essential information on professional resilience and personal wellbeing. During this program Dr. Wicks will give a short introduction followed by two days of input of four one hour presentations after which the participants will have time for quiet reflection and optional small group discussion. Facilitators will also be present to continue with the participants and enable them to discover resiliency tools for life improving self awareness.
Resource Person: Robert J. Wicks PSY.D., is Professor Emeritus at Loyola University Maryland and has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, education and social work. He has a doctorate in Psychology from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, Philadelphia. His main area of expertise is resiliency, self-care and prevention of secondary stress. He has published over 50 books, his latest, Perspectives: the Calm within the Storm (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Bounce: Leading a Resilient Life (Oxford University Press, 2010) are the basis for this program.