An online experiential exploration of what it feels like to be more fully present both individually and collectively in the complex role of the clinical chaplain.
This NCTS-West 2020 builds upon events held in 2018 (The Ever-Present Others: Applying Group Relations Learning to Improve Clinical Pastoral Care) and 2019 (BART for Chaplains – Navigating the Dynamic Field of Chaplaincy Service) co-sponsored by CPSP and GREX, the West Coast Affiliate of the A K Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.
These previous in-person gatherings focused on enhancing the work of chaplains, including the instinctive ability to sense the visible and invisible yet highly influential dynamics of groups (e.g., families and interdisciplinary teams) and institutions (e.g., hospitals), and the four-system navigational tools of boundaries, authority, role and task (i.e., BART). Now, perhaps more than ever, we are aware of the underlying prerequisite of presence in the relational field of self and system, of recovering and discovering soul in our applied capacity to feel, perceive and experience subjectively.
To adapt and continue our work together, this online gathering will embrace what is called “Indra’s web” of virtual opportunities for walking and joining together, weaving in small and large “here and now” group work, meditation, social dreaming, with shared spaces for creative expression online. You will be invited to explore and experiment with the dynamic presence in yourself and beyond yourself in service of the chaplain’s tasks. There will also be a “there and then” review with application of what you have discovered about the potential of clinical chaplains in your individual work within larger systems.
No prior experience is necessary. Space is limited to 42 participants so sign up early. As if it were a residential event, participants agree to be present at all sessions of this NCTS.
JACK LAMPL is past president of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI) and a frequent director, administrator, and consultant in group relations conference work. Jack has been working closely with CPSP since 2011. He co-led the 2013 National Clinical Training Seminar-West, was principal co-presenter/facilitator of the 2013 CPSP Plenary with Charla Hayden, director of CPSP’s 2015 "Roles, Boundaries, and Vulnerability in Care-Providing Institutions" conference, staff on the 2018 NCTS-West “The Ever-Present Others: Applying Group Relations Learning to improve Clinical Pastoral Care” and 2019’s “BART for Chaplains: Navigating the Dynamic Field of Chaplaincy Service.”
CHARLA HAYDEN is a prominent figure in the group relations field with extensive experience in healthcare including Kaiser Permanente's Northwest Region. Charla is the co-author of The Tavistock Primer and Tavistock Primer II. For decades she has served in internal leadership, teaching, and external organizational consulting roles. Taking a whole systems perspective (meaning that no organization exists in isolation and that understanding mutual influences matters), her interests focus on health care delivery, education, and public service systems, and on understanding multiple cultural shifts based on changing assumptions about leadership, education, and individual and group responsibility. With Jack Lampl she co-led the 2013 National Clinical Training Seminar-West, was principal co-presenter/facilitator of the 2013 CPSP Plenary, and was on the team for the 2018 NCTS-West “The Ever-Present Others: Applying Group Relations Learning to improve Clinical Pastoral Care” and 2019’s “BART for Chaplains: Navigating the Dynamic Field of Chaplaincy Service.
MOJGAN JAHAN is a clinical psychologist with three decades of experience. Her areas of specialization include trauma (PTSD), anxiety and depression, and chronic medical problems. Dr. Jahan is an experienced consultant in group relations conference work and was on the staff of the 2015 CPSP-sponsored conference "Roles, Boundaries, and Vulnerability in Care-Providing Institutions" in Citrus Heights, and the 2018 NCTS-West “The Ever-Present Others: Applying Group Relations Learning to improve Clinical Pastoral Care.”
LEONARD LEVIS is a clinical psychologist and organizational consultant in private practice in Berkeley, CA, and a Senior Clinical Supervisor for the Westcoast Children's Clinic in Oakland., CA. He is a founding member of the Udana Institute for Spiritual Studies. Dr. Levis is an experienced group relations conference director and certified consultant of the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems and a member of Grex. He recently directed the “The Shadow of the Institution” conference at UCLA, and was a staff member on the 2018 NCTS-West “The Ever-Present Others: Applying Group Relations Learning to improve Clinical Pastoral Care” and 2019’s “BART for Chaplains: Navigating the Dynamic Field of Chaplaincy Service.”
TARA L. VICTOR is a board certified neuropsychologist in independent medico-legal practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Victor is also Professor of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills and Associate Clinical Professor in the Geriatric Psychiatry division of UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences. She served on the Grex Board of Directors for 8 years and is a member and certified consultant of the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. She was on staff for the 2019 NCTS-West “BART for Chaplains: Navigating the Dynamic Field of Chaplaincy Service.”
JAIME ROMO is a Minister for Healing and Healthy Environments at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, CA, and hospice chaplain at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Since 2008, Dr. Romo has been a certified consultant and director for group relations conferences, most recently at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dr. Romo integrates a background in teacher education and Trauma Informed Spiritual Care with group relations work.
DAVID ROTH is director of spiritual care and clinical supervisor for chaplaincy training at Kaiser Permanente in the Napa Solano (CA) area. He is a clinical fellow of the International Neuropsychoanalytic Society, an elected fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and serves on the board of directors of Grex. Dr. Roth is the co-founder and program coordinator for NCTS-West and on the faculty of The Graduate Institute of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.
Online Session Schedule:
Friday, November 13, 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 14, 8:30 am – 4:15 pm (with a break for lunch)
Sunday, November 15, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
All times, above are Pacific Time Zone.
Registration & Pricing
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with only 42 spaces for registrants. Registration must be paid at the time you register.
If you are paying by check or PO, please indicate that when you register. Due to the limited spaces for this event, we cannot leave unpaid registrations open unless you've indicated you or your organization is paying by check
CPSP Member Rate (all members who have completed 4 or more CPE units): $150
CPSP Trainee Rate (and those who have not yet completed 4 units): $95
Up to three full-rate scholarships will be made available on the basis of financial need.
Please contact David Roth at email@example.com for more information.