Victim to resilient adult

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This demonstration project created a theological curriculum model to complement the weekly interdisciplinary CPE didactics. The new formed curriculum was grounded in Henry Nelson Wieman's concept of creative interchange: the stages of Interacting, Appreciating, Integrating and Expanding of the student in the global setting. Each didactic was built around these four stages. There were ten seminars conducted that covered the issues of basic human needs, boundaries (I and II), boundaries in the Biblical text, anger, resiliency, the move, The Doctor, forgiveness, the seven resiliencies, the Johari Window. The results of the project indicated the following learning for the students: (a) a broader understanding of the importance of establishing healthy boundaries, (b) the Biblical characters that were challenged, fell and were able to become resilient adults. The importance of learning about themselves and the other topics facilitated the student's ability to move from that of a survivor to a resilient adult. The learning from the supervisors who completed the review of the material and completed the survey indicated a growth in the importance of recognizing unresolved issues of child abuse among students, the necessity for addressing these issues to insure quality pastoral care and the significance of implementing some or all of the curriculum in their work in the event there is a student with such a history in the group or for the general learning for other students about the long-term impact of child abuse on students, patients, families and staff particularly as it relates to a student's participation in Clinical Pastoral Education. 
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