Caring for the Whole Person

A Workshop for Christian Health Providers and Pastoral Caregivers

Preparing Caregivers to Work as a Team to Care for Body, Mind, Soul, and Spirit of Sick Persons


In September, 2006, we had the wonderful opportunity of gathering at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester for three days and sitting under the instruction of Dr. Daniel Fountain. After serving for three decades as a missionary physician in Africa, Dr. Fountain returned to the United States and joined the faculty of King College where he serves as Director of their Global Health Training program. Dan is a gifted master in integrating contemporary medical insights and care with counseling and prayer ministry from a deeply Biblical perspective. Click here to view a PDF Brochure about the Conference.

If you are a pastor, counselor, human services worker, health professional, or student in any related field who was able to attend, this unusual workshop caused you to grow, not only as a servant of others but personally as well. Please look over the material carefully – you may be able to glean some helpful insights just by reviewing the topics and links here.

This is an experience you would have really appreciated! Fortunately, we preserved the schedule and teaching material, all of which are available online here.

Goal of the Workshop

The development of a team approach to caring for the whole person

The workshop will train Christian health providers and pastoral caregivers in how to provide emotional and spiritual care for sick persons and to integrate this with medical care in the same clinical setting.

The importance of a team approach to whole person care

God made us as whole persons, with body, soul, and spirit. Illness affects the whole person, and care for the whole person is essential for complete healing and restoration to wholeness. This workshop will show Christian health professionals and pastoral caregivers in practice situations domestically and internationally how to combine medical, psychosocial, and spiritual care within a clinical setting.

Many sick persons have personal, emotional, or family concerns that impact their health or response to illness. Most of them do not need, or cannot afford, professional counseling but can benefit greatly from primary-level emotional and spiritual care and support. Health providers often do not have sufficient time or training for this. With trained caregivers in the office, however, care for mind, soul, and spirit can be integrated with medical care.

Who should attend?

The workshop was designed for students and practicing Christian health providers, counselors, and pastoral caregivers, lay or professional, who wish to integrate in one clinical setting care for physical, emotional, and spiritual concerns of sick people. The focus is on entry-level psychological care and triage.