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Outside In: Coping Amidst Suffering, Trauma & Grief

04/05/2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


As health care professionals and interpreters, we can experience the emotions of joy, sadness, fear, and anger that we channel from patients and families.  Each time one interprets the midst of suffering, trauma or grief, voices and feelings of others may lodge within and can negatively affect our lives and relationships.  Some have called this “emotional germs.”  How do we remain professional and unbiased while experiencing empathy for another? How do we cope with the feelings and thoughts we take with us from an assignment? Using narratives, experiences and information from his ministry as chaplain and his book, The Unwanted Gift of Grief, licensed therapist, Dr. Tim VanDuivendyk will address these issues.  How do we stay healthy and cope with the feelings and thoughts we take with us from an assignment?

Join us on Tuesday, April 5th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for a special presentation from Tim VanDuivendyk, Vice President of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care at Memorial Hermann Health. In addition to his role at Memorial Hermann, Dr. VanDuivendyk is also licensed by the state of Texas as a Professional Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Registration and Networking: 11:00-11:30

Presentation: 11:30-12:30

Q&A + Raffle: 12:30-1:00

Boxed lunch will be provided. Please note indicate dietary restrictions in your registration and we will do our best to accommodate.

The event is approved for 0.2 RID CEUs, 0.2 BEI CEUs, and 2 ATA CE points. Continuing education units from IMIA are pending approval.


11:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center – Texas Conference Center
909 Frostwood St.
Houston, TX 77024 United States
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