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VA Maryland Health Care System

 

VA Maryland Health Care System Chaplain Receives National Recognition for Dedication to Profession

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Susan G. Turley, M.Ed., M.Div., BCC, the associate clinical pastoral education supervisor for the VA Maryland Health Care System, is the recipient of the Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of government services and is named 2014 National Association of Professional Women’s VIP Woman of the Year.

(PERRY POINT, Md.)  The Continental Who’s Who has recognized Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System Chaplain Susan Turley as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of government service and named her the 2014 National Association of Professional Women’s VIP Woman of the Year for outstanding excellence and dedication to her profession and the achievement of women.  The Continental Who's Who recognizes professional individuals and organizations each year who "stand-out" in their specific field.  Included are executives and officials in business, science, education, philanthropy, religion, government, finance, law, engineering, etc.

Turley, the associate clinical pastoral education supervisor for the VA Maryland Health Care System, manages the Clinical Pastoral Education program, an interfaith, multi-faith program designed for those seeking ordination and board certification in professional chaplaincy and for faith leaders seeking advanced skills and theory in chaplaincy and spiritual care.

“As a VA chaplain who has the privilege of ministering to Veterans and their family members, I am truly humbled and appreciative of this recognition,” said Turley.  “It is an honor to help Veterans who have experienced illness, trauma, poverty and violence transform their suffering into wisdom and regain a fulfilled and joyful life,” she added.

Turley, who joined the Gold Star Mothers after her son, Private First Class Keith Jesse Moore, died while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2006, works closely with fellow VA chaplains in the areas of grief and loss, trauma, end of life care, and spiritual counseling to enrolled Veterans and their family members.  To help educate those wanting to learn how to be an effective presence to others who have suffered loss and trauma, Turley recently developed a film about mothers who have lost their children in war titled, “Broken Hearts Lifted Spirits: Mothers of the Fallen Speak Their Truth.”  The film serves as an education and training resource.  Turley also expresses her spirituality through watercolor paintings that she uses as a therapeutic tool to help heal emotional wounds.

Turley holds a Master of Science in Education from Suffolk University and received her Master of Divinity in Religion from the Pacific School of Religion.  She was ordained as one of the first women in the Swedenborgian Church in 1980.  Turley, who is longstanding member of the American Counseling Association, also has two years post graduate training in Family System’s Therapy that included a focus on mental health.  Her ministry has included spiritual counseling to those affected by AIDS, homelessness, addiction and abuse recovery.