Developing Resilience and Restoring Self: Managing Stress in the Work of Clergy

May 1, 2022 - May 3, 2022
May 1-4, 2022. Times unknown
Offered by Sorrento Centre
No fee, other than food and accommodation cost at Sorrento Centre

with Marv Westwood, David Kuhl and Lin Langley

Clergy care for others, respond to others, and cope with conflict and change on a continual basis as part of their ministries. That is only part of the service they provide. Clerical work can take its toll especially in the context of a pandemic that has resulted in isolation, grief and loss, financial stress, and for some, despair.

We believe that resilience arises and develops when self-awareness, self-care, and community and spiritual renewal are actively engaged.

This 3-day workshop will provide a resilience development program with opportunity to reflect, interact with others, and to be seen, heard, and understood. The workshop will include individual and group experiences with the intent of:

  • reducing the impact of stressors that are experienced by leaders in the church
  • enhancing personal well-being
  • providing an opportunity to be in community
  • identifying resources for self and others.

Participants will leave this workshop with a set of competencies and skills that can be further developed – enhancing professional performance and personal satisfaction.

This worship is focused on clergy and there is no registration fee. Clergy will be expected to pay for meals and accommodation, plus transportation costs. Clergy can apply to their Diocese for continuing education or other financial assistance – or contact the Sorrento Centre office at 250-675-2421. On-line registration, including booking of meals and accommodation, is now open.


Marv Westwood is a Professor Emeritus  (Counselling Psychology) and recipient of the Royal Canadian Legion Professorship in Education. His major areas of teaching and research are focused on program development, teaching and delivery of group-based approaches to help clients make effective life transitions – Life Review  Life is a central focus in his work with midlife and older adults. Over the past 25 years he has led the development of the UBC Veterans Transition Program (VTP) to help promote recovery from war related trauma injuries for which he received both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals in 2005 and 2013. Currently he is Senior Advisor to the UBC Institute for Veteran Education & Transition (IVET). 


David Kuhl is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is the Mohammad H. Mohseni Foundation (Hospital) Chair in Men’s Health, Integrity and Wellbeing. Through his work in family practice, in palliative care, in providing psychological support to health care providers/teams and to men in transition (from military to civilian life, from wellness to illness, from playing professional sports to retirement), it became evident to him that integrating medicine, psychology and the social sciences is fundamental to his work. He brings his understanding of relationship centred care, as a consultant, to health care teams.  He is a co-founder of Blueprint, a venture to enhance the integrity and well-being of men, locally and globally. In that context he is focussed on fatherhood.

Lin Langley is recently retired from the Communications Department in the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at Douglas College, and a former Faculty Associate in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her teaching focus at both institutions was face-to-face real time interpersonal communications in learning and workplace environments. At Douglas, Lin developed and taught interpersonal, intercultural, group, and conflict communications courses; lead the Carnegie Foundation’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning inquiry; and coordinated the College Faculty Professional Development Program. Lin’s work is guided by a belief that learning can be transformational and that communications are vital in human endeavour. Like many professionals, she pivoted to the virtual world during COVID to continue her current freelance work facilitating group- and narrative-based Life Review workshops in the Lower Mainland.