Announcement from the Bishop's Office
Winter Clergy Day
February 9, 2021
9:30 AM - 12:00
Date: January 4, 2020
From: The Bishop's Executive Assistant
To: All Clergy
Re: Winter Clergy Day

This year we are joining with the clergy of the Diocese of Massachusetts for the workshop outlined below. DioMass is handling the registration. Please opt for February 9th, our scheduled clergy day. If you have a conflict, the workshop will be offered on three additional dates listed at the bottom of this communication.


The Bishop's Executive Assistant
Antagonists challenge even the strongest of leaders; they call for firm and containing engagement that might feel antithetical to pastoral care-giving. These are delicate situations. Managing a bully requires courage, self-control, love and teamwork. Leaders can learn to manage bullying behavior without retaliating or placating the individual whose behavior needs to be contained.

Overview and purpose of time together - Areas we will touch on are

       Bullying as a power issue and its various forms.
       Re-centering toward a position of compassion and empathy that allows the leader to contain difficult behavior with dignity, strength, and grace.
       Best practices around how to confront a bully?
       How to deliver or frame the message?
       Discerning when to confront?
Patricia Gianotti, Psy. D.
Dr. Gianotti is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Academic Director of the Wayne Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy at Bellarmine University. She is the co-author of two books on the topic of shame and narcissistic injury and has a special interest in integrating spiritual practices into her therapeutic work with clients.
Christyn Sieve, PsyD
Dr. Sieve is a Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice. She draws from depth psycho- logical and spiritual disciplines to help clients minimize suffering that manifests as low self concept and conflict in relationships.

For Your Convenience
This workshop is co-sponsored by both dioceses and is being made available on four dates to offer clergy more flexibility.

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