|What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:||Student interested in working with challenging life situations in a clinical environment. Eager to put theological learning to the test in a non-confessional, non-church context. Willing to listen and learn rather than counsel and preach. Independent, innovative, not afraid to fail.|
Also, we are seeking students for several Augustana Care sites: These are: Augustana Health Care Center and Apartments, Apple Valley, Augustana Health Care Center and Apartments Chapel View (in Hopkins), Augustana Health Care Center and Apartments, Minneapolis and Augustana Care Regent (in Burnsville). For students who can make themselves available for 15 hours/week, free housing is available at Augustana Care, Apple Valley, and Augustana Care Regent, Burnsville. Subsidized housing may also be available at Augustana Care Apartments in Minneapolis for those providing at least 10 hours/week.
|How many students have you worked with in the past:||3|
|How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:||1|
|For this coming semester, what is the maximum number of students with whom you could work:||4|
|What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:||2 semesters|
|Why would this length of time be best:||Time required to learn patients, staff, context, integrate in spiritual care team while gaining independence in role. Also learning regular responsibilities as member of spiritual care team.|
In some cases it might be possible to extend student's tenure to 4 semesters.
|Site keywords:||Inner city, multifaith, refugee and immigrant population, mental illness, addiction, veterans, PTSD, clinical work, hospital, elder care/seniors, chaplaincy, housing available!|
|What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:||Mission statement: The mission of Augustana Care is to serve God by fostering fullness of life for older adults and others in need through the provision of healthcare, housing and other services in a Christian tradition.|
Augustana Care provides long term - and memory care to elders, as well as individuals requiring transitional care following surgery or other hospital treatment.
Spiritual care is an integral part of an interdisciplinary holistice model of care.
|Please tell us a bit about your site:||Augustana Care was started by Rev. Carl Petri in 1896 and has over time defined its mission to be in service of elders, initially through long term care, subsequently through a broad spectrum of services. |
Augustana Care’s vision is to be known as a national innovative leader of services for older adults, while being recognized as a good steward of resources and a collaborative partner responsive to social ministry needs.
In Spiritual Care the vision is to be a provider of high quality professional chaplaincy services. providing outcomes-based, innovative methods that lead to improved quality of life, better participation in treatment, fewer hospitalizations, improved outcomes from medical interventions, and reduction of self-isolating and self-destructive behaviors.
|Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:||Learning opportunities: Understanding the role of spiritual care in the clinical environment. Developing chaplaincy skills: non-judgmental listenting, uncovering the other's resiliency, affirming and reflecting the other's truth. Learning about an interdisciplinary, integrated approach to health care. |
Academic and theological issues: Theodicy in post-christian context. Sprituality vs. Religiosity. Construction of meaning in the face of existential crisis. The meaning of suffering in different religious and spiritual traditions.
Social and justice issues: Access to appropriate care as related to: Financial resources, religious and cultural traditions, family relations and dynamics, gender.
Strengths: Competent, committed and accessible leadership. Culture that encourages innovation and initiative. Entrepreneurial spirit.
Challenges: Industry vulnerability to shifts in market. Elder care industry less stable and less resource rich than hospital care. Less able to attract and keep highly qualified medical staff because of differences in work conditions and compensation.
Again: We are seeking students for several Augustana Care sites: These are: Augustana Health Care Center and Apartments, Apple Valley, Augustana Health Care Center and Apartments Chapel View (in Hopkins), Augustana Health Care Center and Apartments, Minneapolis and Augustana Care Regent (in Burnsville). For students who can make themselves available for 15 hours/week, free housing is available at Augustana Care, Apple Valley, and Augustana Care Regent, Burnsville. Subsidized housing may also be available at Augustana Care Apartments in Minneapolis for those providing at least 10 hours/week.
|Current position:||Organization of Director of Spiritual Care|
|Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:||Attended seminary at Institution for Theology at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden. Served in Stockholm Diocese under mentorship of the bishop Krister Stendahl. Attended seminary also at Union THeological Seminary (Columbia University)under mentorship of Barbara Lundblad. Studied with James Cone, Larry Rasmussen, Chung Hyung Kim, Delores Williams, and others. |
Continue education through attending professional chaplaincy conferences, webinars by APC, Health Care Chaplaincy, Aging Services in MN, etc, have mentor from "Clergy Coaches".
Was recruited to current new position by organization leadership.
Goals: 1.Establish chaplains corps of certified professional chaplains. 2. Create broad based understanding of the role of chaplains and of spiritual care 3. Through new employment, partnerships, trained volunteers, provide professional level chaplaincy services as part of integrated holistic care model at all Augustana Care sites. 4. Deepen relationships with clergy and religious institutions in the communities where Augustana Care is located. 5. Offer group and individualized learning opportunities for students and volunteers wishing to serve in qualified spiritual care role.
Formative events and people:
People: Bishop Krister Stendahl: prophetic role of Christian leaders, Christian-Jewish relations. Delores Williams: The development of women religious leaders. Tim Thorstensson: My clergy coach - on mentorship.
Experiences: Living and serving as pastor in Sweden: role of pastors in state church, being an immigrant/foreigner and forming friendships with other immigrants and refugees--learning from their life stories. Being the child of a holocaust survivor: Recognizing the possibility and extent of human cruelty.
|Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:||Christian pulbic leadership: A prophetic role concerned with issues of social justice, stewardship of resources, the irreducible value and dignity of human life. A listening role open to learning and encouraging. A leadership role not assuming privelege but earning respect. |
Kind of supervision worked best for me: Allowing autonomy. Providing guidance and correction where needed. Being available for conversation. Providing opportunity and encouraging initiative.
Kind of supervisor prefer to be: An encourager. A partner in goal-setting and exploring and discovering strengths. A truth teller. Pairing freedom and responsibility.