Empathic Care Pastoral Solutions offers the following courses in a standard format. In addition, more in-depth or setting specific courses can be tailored to the organization or the individual. To discuss your specific course requirements and needs please email Denice Foose at dfoose@epcsonline.com.

Available Courses

An Empathic Connection 

EPCS’s foundational course is designed for all persons interested in enhancing their relational skills through improved listening. This introductory material is comprised of essential theoretical concepts and practical skill-based exercises. Through this training, one can enhance the capacity to be a helpful presence to a friend, colleague and family member. It also serves as an excellent foundation to more advanced courses. Participants can expect to:

  1. Gain a basic understanding of empathy and empathic listening
  2. Learn the essential skills required for empathic listening
  3. Enhance listening skills through basic exercises
  4. Understand several distinctions between social and empathic conversations
  5. Become familiar with basic grief theory and the losses and changes which evoke grief
  6. Learn effective and flawed responses to grieving persons 

    Email Denice at dfoose@epcsonline.com for more details. 

Reentry to Hospital Ministry

Though concerns about the pandemic still linger, there are many hopeful signs across the country.  Restrictions are being lifted, including in-person visitation within hospitals. This “opening up” process extends to faith-based community representatives, including Catholic laypersons.  While this development is exciting news, caution must be exercised, because hospitals are quite different now than in the pre-COVID days.

To address this new reality, EPCS is offering a Reentry to Hospital Ministry webinar. This 60-minute educational event is specifically designed for Catholic laypersons providing pastoral care ministry and Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion.

Effective reentry requires sensitivity to several major factors, each of which has multiple elements: 

  • Intense challenges experienced by hospital staff in the past 12 months — and many continue!
  • Unique concerns facing current hospital patients and their families.
  • Anticipatory uneasiness felt by EMHC and Lay Ministers upon reentry.

This webinar thoroughly addresses these dynamics, plus offers specific suggestions on “getting started” with staff and patient conversations.

Be prepared.  Reentry is welcomed news, but hospitals are a different environment now than in Spring 2020.  This opportunity will enhance your effectiveness in presenting Christ and the Church.

Email Denice at dfoose@epcsonline.com for more details.  Pricing starts at $99 – custom solutions are available. 

Catholic Lay Pastoral Care Ministry

Designed for persons involved in ecumenical pastoral care ministry, including Catholic laypersons. This course examines six essential components of Catholic lay ministry, including authorization of ministry, ERDs, and spiritual communion. To get the most out of this material, completion of An Empathic Connection course is highly encouraged.

Crafted for laypersons serving in ecumenical pastoral care ministry, including Protestant laypersons. This course examines core elements of Protestant lay ministry. In addition, essential motifs in serving African American, Hispanic and Evangelical populations are addressed. Proficiency in empathic listening is assumed. To maximize the benefit of this material, completion of An Empathic Connection is strongly recommended.

Here’s a practical application of medical ethics in lay ministry based upon the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. This material, designed by a doctoral-level Catholic ethicist, is drawn from extensive clinical experience, particularly concerning end-of-life care and decisions.

This advanced course emphasizes growth in several areas, including personal awareness (grief history, spiritual journey, etc.), assessment of gifts and limits for ministry, skill enhancement for in-depth ministry, and solidification of identity as authorized care giver. Proficiency in empathic listening is required; therefore, completion of An Empathic Connection is a prerequisite.