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The Rev. Dr. Daniel Schlorff, CSA

2019 CSA Conference

 

The Rev. Dr. Daniel Schlorff, CSA

Chaplain
Masonicare Health Center
preachercomforts@gmail.com

 

 

From Isolation to Integration: Men's Fellowship Groups in Healthcare Facilities

In many assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, women comprise the majority population. Therefore, therapeutic recreation programs often tend to be geared more toward interests that appeal traditionally to women—from manicures and salon days to baking sales and crafts. Without complaining much, some senior men may feel that there's nothing to do and no one to talk to, so they isolate. However, in some healthcare facilities, men’s fellowship groups decrease isolation and increase community integration. In a men’s group, men in healthcare facilities express themselves to each other while also perhaps engaging in activities that capture their particular imagination, such as playing cards, restoring antiques, chili cook-offs, pancake breakfasts, or simply watching the game. Using conversation starters as a back-up, men are able to share with one another traumas of war, family legends, and potentially conduct life-review in community.   

Outcomes that arise as a result of men participating in a gender-specific fellowship group include: 

  • Greater community integration marked by increased participation of men’s fellowship participants in other therapeutic recreation programs 
  • Deeper spirituality and reflectiveness noted by participants 
  • Greater maturational and numerical growth regarding relationships between participants 
  • Increased empathy and tolerance amongst participants 
  • Decreased isolation amongst participants   

This workshop will cover the following topics: 

  • Problems that arise in facilities without a men’s program 
  • How to foster confidentiality and nurture covenant 
  • Who institutes a men’s program, and who else needs to be on board? 
  • Recommended resources for a new men’s fellowship group 
  • An ethnographic study of a men’s fellowship group at a healthcare continuum in Connecticut   
  • Other success stories 
  • Possible pitfalls, and   
  • Is a men’s fellowship group right for my facility?     

Learning Objectives

  • For participants to identify and articulate a need amongst senior men for greater community
  • To make participants aware of literature and other resources available for men's fellowship groups
  • For healthcare administrators to envision utilization of male-specific programming to include but not be limited to men's fellowship groups

About Daniel

The Reverend Dr. Daniel Rodriguez Schlorff, an Indiana native, is clergy of the American Protestant Union, a brother of the Order of St. Luke (OSL), and has been a Certified Senior Advisor since 2006. 

Schlorff holds the Doctor of Ministry degree from Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley, CA) and master’s degrees from both Hartford Seminary (Hartford, CT) and Meadville/Lombard (Chicago, IL). His undergraduate studies led him to triple minor in Greek, Music, and Biblical Studies, while majoring in Philosophy and Religion. He has also completed four units (1600 clinical hours) of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Daniel works for Masonicare Health Center (Wallingford, CT) as Chaplain, and prior had worked in children’s and youth ministry for seventeen years. Schlorff has taught adjunct at Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin—Parkside (both in Kenosha, WI), teaching religion, sociology, and anthropology courses.

When he is not doing things related to ministry, Daniel finds spiritual fulfillment through classical music performance. A double bass player for the American Chamber Orchestra and Hamden Symphony Orchestra, Daniel also sings bass II for Pro Arte Singers, a fully professional choir.

Daniel prefers reading either nonfiction or poetry, rather than watching television. And, though his unusual height (6’7”) may suggest otherwise, Daniel does not play basketball. (So don’t ask!) He resides in Wallingford, CT with his canine roommate, Stewie. For more information, please visit www.schlorff.com.

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