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Quagliana Speaks at FOCUS Conference

Lee University’s Dr. Heather Lewis Quagliana, associate professor of psychology, was recently a headlining speaker at the Focus 2019 Church of God Kidmin Leadership Training Conference.

Hillary May, a former student of Quagliana’s and graduate of both Lee University's undergraduate psychology program and graduate Marriage and Family Therapy program, serves on the Children’s Leaders Association Board and invited Quagliana to speak at the conference.

Quagliana speaks at Conference
Dr. Heather Quagliana speaks at a FOCUS conference.

Quagliana held four sessions regarding how to approach emotional intelligence and psychological trauma in children’s ministry.

“It was such an honor to be invited to speak at the Kidmin conference,” said Quagliana. “It is a dream come true to collaborate with former students and serve the church through psychology. Specifically, children's ministers are often the first responders to children's distress and trauma and need to be equipped to respond both theologically and psychologically to such issues.”

In her first session, “Trauma Informed Children’s Ministry,” Quagliana taught on childhood psychological trauma and its impact so that children’s ministers and leaders may be better equipped to face these challenges.

Her second session, “What does sexuality have to do with children’s ministry,” was broken into three parts: normal sexual development in children, childhood sexual abuse and the church’s role in prevention and intervention, and sexual identity development. This session challenged participants to think about their own theology and how to best approach difficult topics with parents and children.

Quagliana’s third session, “Utilizing Spiritually Informed, Creative Interventions in Children’s Ministry,” focused on how children communicate through play and art. This session gave hands-on experience to help participants learn creative activities that help enhance emotional coping and resilience in children.

In her final session, “Self-Care and Burnout in Children’s Ministry,” Quagliana addressed the issue of burnout in children’s ministry. She gave strategies on self-care and preventative methods that promote resilience in the face of numerous ministerial demands.

Quagliana joined Lee’s faculty in 2008. She earned her doctorate and master’s from Fuller Theological Seminary and her bachelor’s from Lee. She was recently awarded the Lee University Excellence in Advising Award, one of the highest honors presented to Lee faculty members.

For more information on the conference, visit FOCUS.
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