Rev. Dorothy  A.  Grant

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

An ordained pastor, educator, and dedicated Chaplain seeking to provide spiritual care for patients their families in healthcare or community settings.

A  spiritual care practitioner for palliative, hospice and diverse populations in hospital and community setting for over 20 years.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Dedicated Chaplain

  • Spiritual Director

  • Outstanding worship Leader

  • Experienced Educator

  • Strong Oral and written communication Skills

  • Program Development, Implementation

  • Volunteer Recruitment and Training

 

  • Organised and self Motivated

  • Team Player

  • Non anxious presence in difficult times

  • Excellent listener

  • People person

  • Creative  thinker

 

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS:

MS Office Suite,  Photography and Video editing

WORK HISTORY  - RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

CHAPLAIN / SPIRITUAL CARE CLINICAL SUPERVISOR       2014 – Present

HOPE INSTITUTE HOSPITAL JAMAICA - 60 bed Oncology Hospital with Palliative Hospice Care           MAY PEN PUBLIC HOSPITAL  JAMAICA - 300 bed general hospital

  • Provide spiritual assessment and care  of patients and families, caregivers, , employees in emergency department, intensive care, and palliative care, critical decisions unit, paediatric ward, orthopaedics, hospice, and general patient care units within

  • Organize and facilitate spirituality courses for Chaplains and spiritual Care workers (SCW)  to address spiritual distress and  moral injury  for patients and their families who are suffering as a result of their  diagnosis and  illness.

  • Provide extensive support to administrative and healthcare staff by ensuring their medical readiness and professional training were compassionate and collaborative and complied with best practices.

  • Serve as Team Leader for Hope and May Pen hospitals palliative medicine project by facilitating  the delivery of clinical trials and teaching sessions

  • Assume a lead role in coordinating the continuous professional development  Medical, Nursing and Pharmaceutical staff in conducting spiritual screening of patients

  • Train, lead, and supervise 15 volunteer spiritual Care workers and chaplains  to work within the hospital

 

HOSPITAL CHAPLAIN    2012 – 2014                                                                                             ST JOHN EPISCOPAL HOSPITAL NY   257-bed facility densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved populations of the Rockaways and Five Towns in southern Queens County and southwestern Nassau County, New York.
 

  • Delivered compassionate collaborative spiritual care and pastoral response in numerous crises from patient’s illness - deaths in Emergency Department, Critical care and Intensive care units.

  • Employed superior leadership skills in planning rituals and spiritual care  activities for general hospital population regarding clinical assignments, duty schedule  and training

  • Presented valuable insight as member of Health Ethics Committee regarding, Jehovah’s Witness treatment concerns, improvement of patient education, informed consent, communication of Do Not “Attempt” to Resuscitate orders, fertility, infant medical cases, and other complicated questions that contain both moral and ethical implications.

  • Completed  4 units of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as a CPE resident

  • Researched and authored a paper “Enhancing Palliative Care at St John’s Hospital”  presenting  a pathway to provide spirituality as a dimension of care.

  • Made major contributions in drafting a manual for “precepting” new CPE  residents

 

CHAPLAIN  ON CALL 2003 TO 2012

PHILLIP FUNERAL SERVICES JAMAICA W.I

  • Provided pastoral care to hospice team members, patients and families

  •  Performed funerals and visited the sick

  • Facilitated forums on bereavement and grief counselling

  • Guided worship services and support groups in various settings

  • Plan and led annual memorial services for family of deceased patients

 

MINISTER OF RELIGION 1986-2018

UNITED CHURCH – JAMAICA 

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH USA – NEW YORK PRESBYTERY

  • Led worship services and administered several religious services, such as rites and sacraments along with baptisms, memorial ceremonies, and funerals.

  • Provided leadership and pastoral care to multiple parishes including  Falmouth United Jamaica, Mt Morris Ascension, New York, Church of the Nazarene NY

  • Provided pastoral care to parishioners of all ages, visited the sick at home, and in the hospitals.

  • Initiated and expanded  the church’s outreach ministry and developed an effective  Christian education program

  • Efficiently accomplished additional tasks, such as serving on School boards and community councils

 

OTHER EXPERIENCE     

EXTERNAL VERIFIER – 2006 – 2012

CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON                                                                                             

  • Conduct approval visits for organizations  to ensure quality assurance and compliance with company standards                                    

  • Help centres to develop internal assessment and evidence evaluation systems that are  fair, reliable, accessible and non-discriminatory

  • Monitor internal quality assurance systems and sampling by direct observation, assessment activities, methods and records and interpret standards to promote  best practice.  

  • Provide prompt, accurate and constructive feedback to all relevant parties on the operation of centers assessment systems.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

LECTURER IN PSYCHOLOGY       2000-2003                                                                                            INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF THE CARIBBEAN    KINGSTON JAMAICA W.I

  • Lecturer in Psychology

  • Practicum Group Supervisor

 

TEACHER /DEAN OF STUDENTS  1993 - 2000 

BOARD OF EDUCATION      BROOKLYN N. Y.

  • Supervised and developed educational goals for educational disadvantaged children.

  • Designed and implemented plan to impact instruction, discipline and  character development

  • Led strategic effort on task forces for  safety, wellness, and emergency planning

  • Implemented systems  to organize  student records, pupil census and  attendance policies and  procedures

 

EDUCATION

PHD CANDIDATE  Clinical Pastoral Counselling - Colorado Theological Seminary 

                                                                                                                   

MASTER OF DIVINITY - United Theological college of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica ( pending) CHAPLAIN RESIDENT, CPE Four Units, St John’s Episcopal Hospital, New York. – 2012

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN THEOLOGY United Theological College -West Indies – Jamaica W.I/ Queens Theological  Seminary-  Ontario Canada.     -1986  

 

DIPLOMA IN MINISTERIAL STUDIES    - 1986

 

TEACHERS’  CERTIFICATE  Church Teachers College                 Mandeville, Jamaica    - 1981                                                                                                                      

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Listening and Responding skills in Chaplaincy Care

Spiritual care as a Core competence  in Palliative Care medicine

Navigating Ethical challenges in Palliative Care

Dementia Care - Non medical interventions

Grief and Bereavement Pastoral Crisis Intervention with persons with Dementia

Spiritual Care communication and Techniques 

Self-care in Hospice chaplaincy

Symptom Management  Dyspnea, : Nausea and Vomiting,: Fatigue and Cachexia

Psychiatric Issues: Depression and Anxiety Delirium and Dementia

Medicinal Cannabis in Palliative Care

Chaplain Caregiver support & family dynamics

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Jamaica Association of Palliative Care

Jamaica Cancer Research Institute (JACRI)

STRide  Dementia Awareness

Health Care Chaplaincy Network,  New York (HCCN)

Spiritual Care Association – New York

Jamaica Association of Professional Chaplains

 

References

Bradley Edwards, MD

Senior Medical Officer, May en Hospital,

Clarendon Jamaica 

Telephone: 876 382-5914

 

Dingle Spence, MD

Senior Medical Officer, Hope Institute Hospital Associate Lecturer, Dept. of Medicine, University of the West Indies,

Kingston, Jamaica                                                                                                                        Telephone: 876 869-9864

 

Rev Oliver Daley,                                                                                                                          Minister of Religion, United Church of Jamaica and Cayman Islands,

Kingston Jamaica

Telephone: 876 633-3373 /5592082

 

Dr. Gary Budhoo-Fletcher                                                                                                             Staff Chaplain, Jamaica Constabulary Force, Jamaica                                                                  Telephone: 876 551-6309

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