Rev. Dr. Richard Gentzler, Jr. DMin Former Director, Center on Aging & Oler Adult Ministries / GBOD
The “Professional Tract” is a part of the “Wisdom & Grace Conference” at Lake Junaluska this summer. The “Professional Tract” is eight hours of continuing education for clergy and lay workers who are in Older adult Ministries (i.g. Local Church, Long Term Care Facility and/or Conference/District work) or are exploring older adult ministry as a vocation. It is not restricted to the above persons but is made up of most of those who are in the work full and part time.
It is also a part of the Norman T. Allers Academy on Older Adult Ministries, in which three sessions of the “Professional Track” would be equal to one third of the Allers Academy training time. The “Professional track” follows the Allers Academy outline of subject matter covered in the Allers Academy training to include : spirituality, program methodology, and psychological, physical, mental and social aspects of aging.
This year the training falls under the social aspects of aging –Elder Abuse. Dr. Richard Gentzler will be dealing with the basic aspects of elder abuse to include the great increase of elder abuse in all its aspects, to deal with legal aspects of misuse of power of attorneys, guardianships, plus scrams and the verbal and physical abuse by family members and caretakers. I would welcome you to participate in our “Professional Tract”.
The Allers Academy will be offering other courses which also meet the standards for training of the Para Professional Tract of the General Board of Higher Education. It is my hope that we will have a plan of study for new persons seeking certification in Older Adult Ministries by early 2014.
Above description credits:
Philip S. Brown, Dean
Norman T. Allers Academy on Older adult Ministries
- For those attending the Professional Tract it would be up to 14 contact hours of credit (8 hours for Professional Tract and 3 hours for the keynote addresses and 3 hours for Preaching/Worship times)
For those attending the 1.5 hour workshops it would be up to 12 contact hours of credit(6 hours for the four 1.5 hour workshops, 3 hours for the
keynote addresses and 3 hours for the Preaching/Worship times).