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First Friday Forum: Caring for the Human Spirit: A Cooperative Approach to Whole-Person Care
Friday, August 07, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: Webinar

First Friday Forum Webinar: 
Caring for the Human Spirit: A Cooperative Approach to Whole-Person Care

Friday, August 7, 2020

This program will be held virtually via Zoom because of safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More details with instruction on how to view the webinar will be sent to all registrants on 8/6.

Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program

The definition of psyche in the Greek is not just the “mind,” but also the soul or spirit. Evidence shows that care for the human spirit, or “spiritual care,” has been shown to enhance compliance and a patient’s integration of therapeutic programming and skills. Evidence for this link will be shared, as well as research around best practices toward a team or cooperative approach to care. This session will aid a care provider in what they can contribute to a client or patient as a “generalist” in the spiritual care and mental health arena, while also looking to qualified specialists in the area of spiritual care to address particular needs and concerns. Key dynamics such as spiritual transference and countertransference, along with ethical principles, will highlight care offered within the spiritual dimensions of practice, attention, meaning and values. The presenters will use research to build on their combined 12 years of spiritual care in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings within MHealth Fairview to describe methods for responding to spirituality throughout a patient’s healing.

This session is at the introductory level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the research behind using a whole-person model for patient coping, satisfaction, and recovery.
  2. Articulate how the entire team can provide integrated generalist/brief spiritual care.
  3. Explain ways that staff countertransference can inhibit the benefits of spiritual support.
  4. Identify ethical issues in integrated spiritual care.

About the Presenters:

Rev. Adam James, D.Min., is a Mental Health Chaplain at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Pediatric Behavioral Health working for over five years primarily with adolescents suffering from co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency issues. Dr. James facilitates orientation and trainings for incoming students and staff on an ongoing basis with a focus on addressing spirituality in a patient’s mental health. He recently finished a Doctorate of Ministry, Mental Health Chaplaincy, at
the Claremont School of Theology, in which he wrote a case study project to articulate the uniqueness of spiritual care in pediatric mental health settings.

Anna Kendig, M.Div., BCC, is a board-certified chaplain in the area of adult mental health and addiction who received the Masters of Divinity from the McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL. She is currently Lead Chaplain, Adult Behavioral Health, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Minneapolis. An ordained Presbyterian (PC(USA) pastor and current moderator of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, she works to bridge the divide between “old school” models of spiritual care focused around prayer and personal comfort, and “new school” models focused around personal agency, practice, justice and community aspiration. She focuses on education, competence and curiosity as models for change in both healthcare and the wider community.


The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]


To Register:

Click here to register online. Registration will be available up until the start of the program.

Click here to view and download a PDF program flyer and registration form.

Registration Pricing:

Type MPA Member Non-Member Student
Pricing $45 $65 $15


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.



Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.