The Simple Care of a Hopeful Heart
~ Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times ~
One of the greatest gifts we can share with others is a sense of our own peace. However, we can’t share what we don’t have. By discussing psychological and spiritual approaches to maintaining a healthy perspective and enhancing resilience, Dr. Wicks, an expert on the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures experienced in reaching out to others) and author of Bounce: Living the Resilient Life, Prayerfulness, and Heartstorming: Creating a Place God Can Call Home, offers insights into how we can extend our warmth to others without losing our own inner fire in the process. Topics will include: avoiding dangers that lead to unnecessary stress and a loss of perspective; developing your own self-care program; knowing the four “voices” we need in our circle of friends to have balance and courage in life; improving self-awareness at each phase of adulthood; benefiting from inner darkness; and strengthening and deepening your own rule of prayer. Practical, illustrative, lively, this rich presentation will provide essential information on resilience, compassion, prayer, spirituality, and personal/professional wellbeing. The day includes morning and afternoon presentations, as well as lunch.
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, business, 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 University, Caldwell College in New Jersey and Marywood University.
Over the past several years he has spoken on his major areas of expertise—resilience, self-care, and the prevention of secondary stress 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 Harvard’s Children’s Hospital and 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: 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: Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World; Perspective: The Calm within the Storm and Bounce: Living the Resilient Life. Two of his latest books for professionals include: Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice and The Resilient Clinician. 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. In the military, he was as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. His latest book in spirituality is: Heartstorming: Creating a Place God Can Call Home (Paulist Press).