Taking Care of the Caregivers: Seminar Helps Those Who Help Others in Tragedy

Those who are first to help the injured and grief-stricken in a tragedy nurses, counselors, therapists, social workers and ministers, among others always put others' needs in front of their own.

Now in its 14th year, the Dorothy Turner Memorial Seminar gives caregivers a chance to take care of themselves.

Provided with support from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Albuquerque's other medical centers, this year's seminar will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Monte Vista Christian Church, 3501 Campus Blvd. NE.

For more information, or to register, please call (505) 255-1509, e-mail nmcc@nmchurches.org or visit www.nmchurches.org.

Caregivers respond to events as momentous as the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, as well as thousands of more personal, yet still unexpected and painful events affecting people every year. They provide the spiritual and emotional support that is essential, along with professional treatment, in helping people cope with these events.

At the Dorothy Turner Memorial seminar, caregivers learn to cope with the social and ethical issues related to tragic events. Speakers, experts in such areas as medical ethics and spirituality in health care, present different aspects of the effects and responses to tragedy and encourage audience discussion. This year's speakers include:

· Joan McIver Gibson, Ph.D., director of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Ethics Program and visiting assistant professor for the University of New Mexico Department of Family and Community Medicine;

· David A. Bennahum, M.D., professor, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine;

· Michael E. Daly, M.A., M.Div., retired, former director, Faculty Honors Seminars in Ethics for members of the faculties of the University of New Mexico Professional Schools.

The Dorothy Turner Memorial Seminars began in 1987 in memory of Dorothy Turner, a registered nurse who died from breast cancer in 1985. Dorothy Turner's husband, Robert S. Turner, M.D., established the Dorothy Turner Memorial Fund with the Tres Rios Area of Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ).

Four of the initial seminars emphasized ecumenical religious education and church development, with three held at the Growth Retreat Center located along the Black River near Carlsbad, N.M. The former Growth Retreat Center is now organized as the Black River Center for Learning and the Dorothy Turner Memorial Fund is part of the permanent fund.

In 1990, the New Mexico Conference of Churches began cooperative sponsorship of the seminars. Since 1992, the seminars have been held at the Monte Vista Christian Church in Albuquerque and have focused on various major bio-ethical issues.

The Dorothy Turner Memorial Seminar is approved for providing continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors and therapists.

Contact: Lynn Melton, 272-3322

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