Unfortunately, this program has been cancelled, due to insufficient registration.

Featuring Dr. Robert Wicks
Wednesday May 10, 2023
9:30a to 2p

Clergy are invited to gather and process their experiences of change and challenges due the recent pandemic and other current day events with a goal of building resilience and tools for responding to oneself and the faithful.  

Grace United Methodist Church
5407 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

The Resilient Minister – Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times

One of the greatest gifts ministers can share with others is a sense of their own resilience …but they can’t share what they don’t have.  By discussing psychological and classical spiritual approaches to maintaining a healthy perspective in challenging times, Dr. Wicks, an expert on the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures experienced in reaching out to others) and author of Perspective: The Calm within the Storm, Bounce: Living the Resilient Life and Heartstorming: Creating a Place God Can Call Home, offers insights into how persons in ministry can reach out to colleagues and parishioners without losing their own inner fire in the process.  Topics will include: understanding the importance of offering a nonjudgmental presence, maintaining a healthy sense of perspective—especially during these unusually stressful times; avoiding dangers that lead to unnecessary stress; developing your own self-care protocol; knowing the 4 “voices” you need in your circle of friends to maintain balance and courage in life; improving self-awareness; facing inner darkness; understanding posttraumatic growth (PTG) and developing a richer “rule of prayer”.  Practical, illustrative, lively, this rich presentation will provide essential information on resilience, compassion, and personal/professional wellbeing.

9:30a Gathering
9:45a Inspirit Welcome
10:15a Voices Throughout These Unimaginable Times
(discussion guided by Inspirit Counselors)
What have you been hearing from members of your faith community?
What has it been like to respond?
11:00a Break
11:15a The Resilient Minister-Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times
(presentation by Dr. Robert Wicks)
12:30p Lunch
1:00p Returning to the Faith Community with Strength and Collective Wisdom
(discussion guided by Inspirit Counselors)
Identify at least three new ways of building your own resilience.
Identify at least three new ways of helping others build resilience.
1:55p Conclusion and Gift
Copy of The Simple Care of a Hopeful Heart – Mentoring
Yourself in Difficult Times
by Dr. Robert Wicks



For over 35 years, Dr. Robert Wicks, has been called upon to speak calm into chaos by individuals and groups experiencing great stress, anxiety and confusion.Dr. Wicks received his doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, is Professor Emeritus at Loyola University Maryland, and has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, education, and social work.  In 2003 he was the Commencement Speaker for Wright State School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio and in 2005 he was both Visiting Scholar and the Commencement Speaker at Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago.  He was also Commencement Speaker at and the recipient of honorary doctorates from  Georgian Court, Caldwell, and Marywood Universities.

Over the past several years he has spoken on his major areas of expertise—resilience, self-care, and the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures encountered in reaching out to others)—on Capitol Hill to Members of Congress and their Chiefs of Staff, at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Mayo Clinic, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency, as well as at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Harvard Divinity School, Yale School of Nursing, Princeton Theological Seminary, and to members of the NATO Intelligence Fusion Center in England He has also spoken at the Boston Public Library’s commemoration of the Boston Marathon bombing, addressed 10,000 educators in the Air Canada Arena in Toronto, was the opening keynote speaker to 1,500 physicians for the American Medical Directors Association, spoken at the FBI and New York City Police Academies, led a course on resilience in Beirut for relief workers from Aleppo, Syria and addressed care givers in 20 different countries including: China, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Haiti, Northern Ireland, Hungary, Guatemala, Malta, New Zealand, Australia, France, England, and South Africa.

In 1994, he was responsible for the psychological debriefing of NGOs/relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during their genocide. In 1993, and again in 2001, he worked in Cambodia with professionals from the English-speaking community who were present to help the Khmer people rebuild their nation following years of terror and torture.  In 2006, he also delivered presentations on self-care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland and Walter Reed Army Hospital to those health care professionals responsible for Iraq and Afghan war veterans. More recently he addressed U.S. Army health care professionals returning from Africa where they were assisting during the Ebola crisis.

Dr. Wicks has published over 50 books for both professionals and the general public including the bestselling Riding the Dragon.  Among his latest books from Oxford University Press for the general public are: The Tao of Ordinariness; Perspective: The Calm within the Storm and Bounce: Living the Resilient Life.  His books for professionals include: Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice (Second Edition with Gloria Donnelly); The Resilient Clinician, and The Inner Life of the Counselor. He is also Co-Author of A Primer on Posttraumatic Growth and Senior Co-Editor of Clinician’s Guide to Self-Renewal.  In 2006, Dr. Wicks received the first annual Alumni Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology from Widener University and is also the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Counseling Association’s Division on Spirituality, Ethics and Religious Values in Counseling.

For more information please call 410-433-8861 ext. 140

Sponsored in part by The Spiritual Development Commission with The Baltimore Presbytery


Limited Participation – Sign up now!
Event Cost: $60
(lunch included) | Registration Deadline: May 3, 2023