The Office of Ignatian Spirituality (OIS) is committed to supporting spiritual directors in their work and to making spiritual direction more widely available. This workshop is the second in a series of opportunities for ongoing formation for current and future spiritual directors.
Beyond the Myths of Grief: Wisdom for Spiritual Accompaniment
Melissa Kelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
There are three ways to register for this workshop:
In-Person: Join us in-person at the Boston College School of Theology in Ministry.
Online: Register as an online participant and join the workshop live online from anywhere.
Local Partner: For those who lead spiritual direction ministries, we encourage you to gather as a group and participate in this workshop online together. Our goal is to support ministries like yours that are committed to providing spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition. We hope that this workshop will be a helpful supplement to the great work you are already doing. Questions about becoming a Local Partner? Contact Kevin O'Brien at email@example.com.
About the Presenter:
Melissa M. Kelley is associate professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and the faculty director of the Professional Ministry Practicum at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Previously, she was on the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. She has many years of pastoral-clinical experience, including serving as a campus minister for 14 years at both Boston College and Emmanuel College in Boston. She holds a PhD from Boston University in pastoral psychology.
Dr. Kelley is a fellow and nationally certified pastoral counselor through the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She is also certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement through the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the primary organization in the country for all bereavement researchers, educators, and clinicians. She is a pastoral formation guide with the Metropolitan Boston Association of the United Church of Christ and is the author of Grief: Contemporary Theory and the Practice of Ministry, published in 2010 by Augsburg Fortress Press.
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