Chaplaincy services aim to enhance traditional psychotherapy by enlivening, strengthening, and revitalizing spiritual awareness and understanding that directly impact mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. We partner with clients to compassionately and respectfully address emotional, pastoral, religious, and spiritual needs.
Chaplaincy services offer support for clients needing compassionate care during times of grief, loss, terminal illness, death, and various life transformations and transitions.
Chaplaincy services offer spiritual and pastoral guidance to clients seeking to maintain or develop personal wellness within social, familial, professional, and interpersonal environments.
Dr. JaCon Canese Washington
JaCon C. Washington earned her Doctor of Ministry degree, with a concentration in Peace Building and Interfaith Dialogue, from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York, the same academic institution at which she earned her Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Practical Theology and Christian Scriptures. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, with a concentration in Sociology/Anthropology and English/Theatre.
In addition to serving as Chaplain at Renewing Your Mind Counseling and Psychological Services, Dr. JaCon has also served as Chaplain at Strong Memorial Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Rochester, New York, during which time she provided pastoral care, spiritual support, crisis intervention, guidance and bereavement consolation to patients, families, and hospital staff, with specialized focus and daily care for the Burn/Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Burn/Trauma Step-down Unit, NeuroMedicine Intensive Care Unit, Trauma/General Surgery and Colorectal Unit, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit. Additionally, she provided on-call and 24-hour chaplaincy services for the entire hospital on a rotational basis with a predominant focus on palliative care, surgical progressive and intensive care, emergency psychiatric care, emergency obstetrical care, and emergency trauma and critical care. She has received numerous service awards for exceptional care and excellence at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. JaCon is a licensed minister who has served in the capacity of Associate Pastor at Genesee Baptist Church in Rochester, New York; Visiting Pastor at churches throughout Upstate New York and Southern Pennsylvania; and Radio Personality for Mars Hill Network, a Christian radio network that broadcasts throughout New York State and Canada.
As a proponent of personal success, beyond normative and societal standards, Dr. JaCon engages life-coaching, spiritual-directing, and related consultation encounters with a determination to guide clients through the ebbs and flows of life in ways that are personalized, goal-oriented, solution-focused, and sustainable. She is passionate about tending to the unique and diverse needs of individuals in order for them to thrive, maximize and enjoy life, and succeed based on their own standards and aspirations. She is also passionate about faithful Christian service, familial bonds, social justice, human rights, advocacy, world peace, love, and children. As an associate pastor, chaplain, youth program coordinator, youth counselor, Sunday school teacher, mentor, and volunteer Dr. JaCon has worked extensively with children and teenagers, in America and abroad, and has developed and implemented programming focused on positively impacting their mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, intellectual, and overall health and wellbeing.
Dr. JaCon served as a delegate for a global peace summit in Kenya, and has had enlightening, meaningful, and enriching experiences traveling throughout parts of Spain, Italy, West Indies, Canada, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, England, and France. She is a former ballerina who delights in holistic health and fitness, especially old school boxing, running, and cross-fitness training. Her greatest joys are sharing quality time with family, friends, and children, and serving communities within the USA and abroad.