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Caregiving in an Age of Anxiety

Illustration by Pete Linforth

Clinical anxiety is climbing in congregations and society, even as the church tries to trust God’s promises. This workshop gives frameworks for noticing anxiety among congregants, and also some tools from brief pastoral care, referral, and congregational education.

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Philip Browning Helsel

Dates: Saturday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Cost:  $30 each

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center room 203, 100 E. 27th Street, Austin, Texas 78705

Recommended for: clergy and lay caregivers of all kinds

About the Presenter

Dr. Philip Browning Helsel is associate professor of pastoral care at Austin Seminary. He previously served on the faculty of Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Brighton, Massachusetts. Helsel earned his PhD in pastoral theology and practical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2012. He also holds the MDiv in pastoral care and counseling from Princeton Theological Seminary (2004) and the BA, summa cum laude, in Bible and religion from Anderson University (2000). Helsel is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and was parish associate for pastoral care at Freehold Presbyterian Church in Freehold, New Jersey.

Helsel published his first book, Pastoral Power Beyond Psychology’s Marginalization: Resisting the Discourses of the Psy-Complex (Palgrave Macmillan, New Approaches to Religion & Power Series) in 2015 and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters. He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling.