Spirituality and the Family

Monday, October 3rd 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Spirituality and the Family

Spirituality is a frequent point of emphasis in recovery, but can raise challenges for some and doubts for others — both those seeking recovery from a substance use disorder and those in loving relationship with these persons.

The evening’s program will provide helpful orientation to the landscape of alternatives in recovery spirituality as both concept and practice. The link between spiritual practice and personal well-being is certain. Attendees can also look forward to specific, practical recommendations to enhance self-care as travelers on the long journey of the family system as it seeks to find and sustain greater wholeness. Rev. Jack Abel is the Senior Director of Spiritual Care at Caron’s renowned “Magic Mountain” campus, and brings personal and family experience along with rich training in a variety of spiritual traditions and forms.

Who Should Attend this Program?

Any family member who has been impacted by a loved one’s substance use disorder will benefit from participating in this webinar.

Sponsored by the generosity of Lauren and Jay Springer.


Rev. Jack Abel, MBA, MDiv Senior Director of Spiritual Care

Rev. Jack Abel provides oversight for spiritual care services on the Pennsylvania campus, where spiritual counselors and interns offer a mix of individual, psychoeducational, and more experiential group services, depending on patient needs and preferences. Rev. Jack is also the principal presider for the historic Caron Chapel Service, a gathering of family members, alumni, and current patients for a weekly celebration of recovery. As part of this, Rev. Jack oversees the chapel music program, which invites musician patients to share their creativity with the Caron community as a therapeutic element in their treatment experience. A popular teacher and speaker, Rev. Jack has led efforts to establish and affirm clinical spiritual care as a core component in the panel of disciplines that shape integrated clinical addiction care in the United States and around the world. He helped to design and launch Caron’s unique program in clinical pastoral education (CPE) that educates chaplains in the work of addiction-related spiritual care. Rev. Jack began work at Caron in 2008 as the Director of Pastoral Services and worked collaboratively with Father Bill Hultberg to evolve the chapel program and clinical spiritual care services on Caron’s Pennsylvania campus until Father Bill’s retirement in 2015. An ordained and authorized minister of the United Church of Christ, Rev. Jack previously served as an elder and endorsed chaplain in the United Methodist Church and pursued advanced studies in sacramental theology at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He holds a Master of Divinity summa cum laude from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and also an MBA from Wilmington University in Delaware. A graduate of the interfaith studies program at the New Seminary in New York, Rev. Jack completed his undergraduate studies in mathematics and music at Hampshire College in Massachusetts and began his liberal arts studies at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

For questions or more information, please reach out to Cory Trevena at ctrevena@caron.org.

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Monday, October 3rd 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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