2020 CCT Annual Conference
Rev. Dr. Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D.
Rev. Dr. Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D. (McGill University) is Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and Senior Pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale. He is a licensed psychologist and Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has published numerous articles and books, including a major text, Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective (Baker Academic, 2011), Full Service (Baker, 2006), Coping with Depression (2nd ed., with John Ortberg, Baker, 2004), Rest (Regent College Publishing, 2003), Disciplines of the Holy Spirit (with Douglas Gregg, Zondervan, 1997), and Lay Counseling (2nd ed., with Eric Scalise, Zondervan, 2016). He is married to Angela and they live in Pasadena, California. They have two grown children Carolyn and Andrew who is married to Jenn.
Keynote #1 The Holy Spirit and Counseling
This keynote address will focus on the crucial role of the Holy Spirit as the Comforter, the Counselor, the Helper, and the Advocate in Christian counseling (see Tan, 2011). The Spirit’s power and spiritual gifts, truth, and fruit will be covered. At least five examples of how the Holy Spirit can help in the counseling process will be provided. Ethical guidelines for conducting Christian counseling in a Christ-centered, biblically-based and Spirit-filled way will be briefly mentioned as well as the latest empirical support available for religious and spiritual therapies.
Keynote #2 Rest: Experiencing God’s Peace in a Restless World
This keynote address will cover self-care and rest for the counselor or minister, including the following nine major means or ways of experiencing God’s rest and peace in a restless and troubled world (see Tan, 2003): Shepherd- centeredness, Spirit-filled surrender, solitude and silence, simplicity, Sabbath, sleep, spiritual community, servanthood (see Tan, 2006), and stress management from a biblical perspective.
Keynote #3 Self-Care and Beyond: From Rest to Stewardship and Sanctified Suffering
This keynote address will cover self-care and beyond to “we-care” and “God-care” (see Tan & Castillo, 2014). It will also go beyond self-care or rest to stewardship and sanctified suffering (see Canning, 2011), especially from experiencing authentic disciplines (see Thomas, 2002) or involuntary circumstantial spiritual disciplines such as suffering, waiting, mourning, persecution, and sacrifice(see Tan, 2006). The role of such sanctified suffering in Christian spiritual formation into deeper Christlikeness by the power of the Holy Spirit will be emphasized, going beyond resilience and posttraumatic growth and benefit-finding. However, the last word is not suffering but joy in Christ or eternal life now and forever in Heaven to come (see Tan, 2019).
Jae Carter, PhD
Jae Carter is a psychologist who specializes in health psychology. Since 1998, she has helped individuals and families adjust to mental health and medical conditions such as dementia, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. She has worked in psychology clinics, nursing homes, and hospitals such as UT Southwestern.
Dr. Carter founded the company Caring by Connection to help those who experience emotional exhaustion due to caring for others. Caring for her late husband with frontal temporal dementia strengthened her personal faith walk with God. She now teaches workshops based on the healing power of compassion. She shows how to make lasting changes to the chronic stress response in order to enjoy greater well-being and work satisfaction.
Ethical Implications of Helper Fatigue and Burnout
Self-care for therapists and counselors is often encouraged and even mandated in ethics codes, but easily neglected. While work burnout can occur in any occupation, helping professionals can be at higher risk due to caring for the needs of hurting people. Helper fatigue, often called compassion fatigue is a state of exhaustion experienced by those helping people in distress over time; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of others. Estimates for distress of workers in the helping professions range from 21% to over 50% for those working with trauma clients.
Yet, fatigue and burnout is not inevitable. First, I will tell how my faith journey was challenged when my late husband was diagnosed with frontal temporal dementia. God showed me how compassion is a powerful experience that transforms chronic stress and burnout to receive renewed energy and greater relationship connection.
Then, we look at real life issues through self-tests, case studies, and research that explore problems with professional impairment, having poor boundaries with clients and co-workers, and potentially harming clients with unethical decisions and behavior. Next is a short and simple overview of somatic models showing that true stress resilience takes more than typical self-care techniques. The key is understanding the difference between acute stress vs. the chronic stress cycle. Many Bible verses about fear show us the wisdom that is now being revealed in research on trauma and stress. Last, you will learn tools to create a personal plan to prevent or heal helper fatigue. Get ready for an ethics course that can change how you see yourself and how you care for yourself to become a more effective and ethical helper.
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Jorge Gama, MA, LPC-S
Jorge started his career in mental health approximately 10 years ago at MHMR of Tarrant County MCOT team working with the chronically homicidal and suicidal population. After spending time in management, he moved to open an IOP/PHP program at a local mental health facility. While running groups during the day, Jorge began seeing individual clients in the evenings and on weekends. After nine years of successful private practice, Jorge and Mending Clinic started RESTORE Advanced Outpatient for adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, and other mental health issues. Restore provides customized care to meet each individual's needs, includes overall family health and brings in each patient's current clinicians to bring a teamwork approach to mental health. Jorge has also consulted with Telemundo39, Fort Worth ISD, Saginaw ISD, and law offices around the DFW area to discuss different mental health topics.
Collaboration with God, The Best Guide You’ll Ever Have
A closed system will implode over time. An open system connected to God and others will provide new energy, strength and wisdom. Join us as we begin a discussion on the importance of connection to fulfill God’s brightest calling for your life.