Spiritual Care Workshop to Treat HIV Positive Persons

Goan NGO Human Touch Foundation will be organising a workshop for providing attention to the spiritual well-being of patients with HIV/AIDs. The workshop, called Spiritual Care Workshop: An Interprofessional Model of Spiritual Assessment and Treatment, will be conducted by Fr Richard Bauer from the 21-22nd January 2020. 

There will also be a talk ‘The Catholic Church as Teacher, Servant and Pastor: New Developments to end the HIV Epidemic by 2030’ for priests, nuns and lay Catholics by Fr Richard Bauer at Fr Agnel College, Pilar, Goa from 3pm to 5.30pm. 

The workshop, which is aimed especially at nurses, psychologists, health care workers and social workers, will review the basic principles of communicating with patients about their spiritual issues. Spiritual screening, assessment and history will be presented. Participants will have an opportunity to briefly practice a history tool. The participants will discuss an interprofessional model of spiritual care; differentiate spiritual screening, history and assessment; be able to take a spiritual history; and describe aspects of a whole person assessment and treatment plan.

(Please consider making a donation to the Human Touch Foundation to defray the costs 

connected with this efficacious workshop. You can contact Peter Borges at 9923700342)

Fr Richard Bauer, a Roman Catholic priest with the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, has been involved in support for people affected by HIV since 1982. Fr Richard has served as the director of Catholic care and treatment programmes for people with HIV, first in Tanzania, later in Namibia, and now in Kenya. As both a priest and clinical social worker, Fr Bauer has a wide range of experience with treatment, care and support activities, integrating holistic, comprehensive care into programme service delivery.

Fr Bauer serves as the chair of CHAN, the Catholic HIV and AIDS Network with Caritas Internationalis and is on the Advisory Board for the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance with the World Council of Churches. He is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC), currently providing spiritual care and support with the Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Programme in Nairobi with over 390 staff members and 27,000 clients.

For all nurses, psychologists, health care workers and social workers interested, the workshop has 30 seats available on a first come first served basis, and the last date for registration is 15th January 2020. To register and for further details about the talk and the workshop, you can contact Applesta Da Costa at 86988 00215 or Sr Crina Cardozo at 90113 88847.