CHHSM, UMA August Webinar Geared Toward Professionals Serving Children, Youth, and Families

An important webinar for ministries serving children, youth and families takes place Aug. 11, from 1-3 p.m. ET. “Building a Resilient Ministry” is a joint event sponsored by the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries and the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA). It is designed to help youth-serving professionals better meet the changing needs of youth returning to in-person engagement with professionals.

Participants attending the entire webinar can earn two National Association of Social Workers (NASW) CEU credits. Additionally, all CHHSM member organizations and their employees can attend the webinar for free by using the promo code “CHHSM” during checkout.

“We know that youth — as well as those who work with them — are just emerging from an extraordinarily challenging 18 months. Focusing on resilience provides tools for those who work with youth in order to help them move successfully into the future.  We are thrilled to be partnering with UMA on this webinar,” says the Rev. George Graham, vice president of CHHSM.

A recent Stanford University study highlights the pandemic-exacerbated social isolation, economic stress, and other uncertainties that can cause anxiety, depression, and even trauma in at-risk youth. Inequitable access to youth professionals can add to those occurrences. The webinar is structured to assist child, youth, and family service professionals in meetings those increased healing needs.

The event features a keynote address by Frank Kros, MSW, JD, founder and CEO of Kros Learning Group. Kros, a career child advocate, has served as a childcare worker, child abuse investigator, and children’s home administrator. His presentation will offer practical applications to everyday practices involving children, youth and the adults who care for, counsel, and educate them. He is a “Master Aces Trainer” from Dr. Robert Anda’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study.

Immediately following the keynote is an informative panel discussion featuring Chris Cox, MSW, LCSW, president and chief executive officer of CHHSM member Hoyleton Youth and Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill.; and Adalay Wilson, MSW, LCSW, and vice president of programs for United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) in Richmond, Va. The panel’s moderator is Mary Kemper, president and CEO of UMA.

The webinar is designed to help child, youth, and family services organizations and employees build resiliency skills to better serve youth in need. Participants will:

  • Learn effective micro-, mezzo-, and macro-level responses to the changing needs that youth will bring to programs and facilities.
  • Design and implement a culture of resiliency so that youth can grow, learn, and thrive.

Child, Youth and Family agencies are encouraged to bring their teams of executive managers and administrators; youth-serving professionals — including employees overseeing programs and services, clinical services, and spiritual care; and counselors, educators, case workers, and social workers.

CHHSM members can register for free by using the promo code “CHHSM” at checkout. Register today for this important webinar.

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