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Webinar: How to Build an Effective and Well-Rounded Volunteer Orientation

        Tuesday, March 5, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

         Thursday, March 7, 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

This Webinar will explore how to build an effective and well-rounded volunteer orientation for your outreach program. It will cover topics from logistics and tone for volunteer orientation, to best practices in conveying the needs of the populations you serve to volunteers. This webinar will go walk you through tips for using new volunteer orientations to increase leadership and community among an existing volunteer base and have time devoted to skill sharing between participating programs.

The Webinar will be hosted by Episcopal Charities Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Collie-Beard. Emily previously worked with The Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice at Fordham University to expand their volunteer program and strengthen their commitment to service learning.


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Embodied Mindfulness, Helping Children Thrive

Saturday, March 30, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., Poughkeepsie     

Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Manhattan

Mindfulness is all about working to be aware of actions that affect those around you. This workshop will be about how to use mindfulness practices to center and reduce anxiety in the children and young adults participating in your Episcopal Charities Sponsored Program.  This workshop is meant for those programs seeking a Youth Opportunity Grant.  

The workshop will be presented by Little Flower Yoga,  a New York based organization dedicated to making the tools of yoga and mindfulness available to all children and teens. Their classes are rooted in youth development principles and address children’s holistic wellness needs in a joy filled environment.

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Motivational Interviewing

        Wednesday, May 22, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Manhattan 

        Saturday, June 15, 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Poughkeepsie

Motivational Interviewing is an interactive client based type of counseling and interaction that allows people to find the motivation behind a certain feeling or action and work to change a negative behavior. This workshop is based around how to use the principles of Motivational Interviewing within your program.

Presented by Doctor Andrew Hamid. Dr. Hamid teaches at the Columbia School of Social Work and is the Senior Advisor to the World Health Organization’s Bureau of International Drug Prevention. He frequently presents on Motivational Interviewing and other similar topics around the country.

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We offer a series of professional development workshops for parish-based and parish-supported outreach programs in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. These sessions provide a forum in which to network, ask questions, gain valuable resources, and learn from experts in the field – all with the goal of increasing program sustainability. Clergy, program directors, and volunteers are all invited to participate.

Programs receiving Episcopal Charities’ grants are required to attend at least two workshops per year. The 2017 schedule includes both webinars and in-person trainings. In-person workshops are held in Poughkeepsie as well as Manhattan.  


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