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Mon, Mar 15



Dr. Robert Wicks

Preventing and Limiting Secondary Stress in Medicine, Nursing and Pastoral Care

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Dr. Robert Wicks
Dr. Robert Wicks

Time & Location

Mar 15, 2021, 6:30 PM EDT


About the Event

Participants will be able to:
• Recognize sources of secondary stress
• Understand the unique dangers that exists within health care ministry, particularly during a pandemic • Verbalize how to maximize a person’s resiliency range and maintain a healthy sense of perspective 

Dr. Robert Wicks received his doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, is professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland and has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, education, business and social work.

For more than 35 years, Dr. Wicks has been called to speak calm into chaos by individuals and groups experiencing great stress, anxiety and confusion. In 1994, he was responsible for the psychological debriefing of non-government organizations and relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during its genocide. In 1993, and again in 2001, he also worked in Cambodia.

Over the past several years, he has spoken on Capitol Hill to members of Congress and their chiefs of staff; Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; the U.S. Air Force Academy; the Mayo Clinic; the North American Aerospace Defense Command; Defense Intelligence Agency, at Harvard’s Children’s Hospital and Harvard Divinity School, Yale School of Nursing, the Institute for Private Investors, Princeton Theological Seminary; and to members of the NATO Intelligence Fusion Center in England. His presentations focus on his major areas of expertise, including: resilience, self-care and the prevention of secondary stress.

Dr. Wicks has published more than 50 books for both professionals and the general public including the bestselling Riding the Dragon. Among his latest books from Oxford University Press for the general public are:

  • Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice (Second Edition), written with Gloria F. Donnelly  
  • The Tao of Ordinariness  
  • Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World  
  • Perspective: The Calm within the Storm  
  • Bounce: Living the Resilient Life


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