Riding the Dragon: Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times – Robert Wicks


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Riding the Dragon: Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times

One of the greatest gifts we can share with others is a sense of our own peace.  However, we can’t share what we don’t have.  By discussing spiritual and psychological approaches to maintaining perspective and inner strength in challenging times, Dr. Wicks, an expert on the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures experienced in reaching out to others) and author of Perspective: The Calm within the Storm, Bounce: Living the Resilient Life and Riding the Dragon and editor of Prayer in the Catholic Tradition, offers insights into how we can live in peace and, in turn, extend our warmth to others without losing our own inner fire in the process.  Topics will include: maintaining a healthy sense of perspective; avoiding dangers that lead to unnecessary stress; developing your own self-care program; knowing the 4  “voices” we need in our circle of friends to have balance and courage in life; improving self-awareness; facing inner darkness; and developing a rule of prayer.  Practical, illustrative, lively, this rich presentation will provide essential information on professional resilience and personal well-being.


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For over 35 years, Dr. Robert Wicks, has been called to speak calm into chaos for leaders and groups experiencing great stress, anxiety and confusion.  Dr. Wicks received his doctorate in Psychology 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, and social work.  In 2003 he was the Commencement Speaker for Wright State School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio and in 2005 was both Visiting Scholar and Commencement Speaker at Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago.  He also was Commencement Speaker at, and the recipient of honorary doctorates from, Georgian Court University and Caldwell College in New Jersey. 

            In the past several years he has spoken on Capitol Hill to Members of Congress and their Chiefs of Staff, at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Mayo Clinic, the North American Aerospace Defense command, at Harvard’s Children’s Hospital and Harvard Divinity School and, to members of both the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington and the NATO Intelligence Fusion Center in England on his major areas of expertise: resilience, self-care, the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures encountered in reaching out to others) and approaches to strengthening your inner life.  He has also spoken at the Boston Public Library’s commemoration of the Boston Marathon bombing, addressed 10,000 Catholic educators in the Air Canada Arena in Toronto, was the opening keynote speaker to 1,500 physicians for the American Medical Directors Association, spoken at the FBI Academy, led a course on resilience in Beirut in 2015 for Catholic relief workers from Aleppo, Syria, and addressed caregivers in China, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, Guatemala, Malta, New Zealand, the Philippines, Australia, France, England, and South Africa.

            In 1994, he was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during their bloody genocide. In 1993, and again in 2001, he worked in Cambodia. In 2006, he also delivered presentations on self-care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland and Walter Reed Army Hospital to those health care professionals responsible for Iraqi and Afghani war veterans evacuated to the U. S. with multiple amputations and severe head injuries.

            Dr. Wicks has published over 50 books for both professionals and the general public.  He is the Editor of the Handbook of Spirituality for Ministers Vols. I and II, Senior Co-Editor of the three volume Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counseling, General Editor of Prayer in the Catholic Tradition featuring 45 Catholic prominent writers and is author of a number of works on spirituality including Riding the Dragon and Crossing the Desert.  Two of his latest psychological works are: Perspective: The Calm within the Storm and Bounce: Leading a Resilient Life.  His books have been translated into Chinese, Polish, Indonesian, Korean, and Spanish.

            In 1996 he was awarded the Papal Medal by Pope (now Saint) John Paul II.  In 2006, Dr. Wicks received the first annual Alumni Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology from Widener University, and is also the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Counseling Association’s Division on Spirituality, Ethics and Religious Values in Counseling.

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