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Upcoming 2017 Workshops

Registration Open for:

  • Making Sense of Mysterious Behavior: Mental Health in Feeding Programs and Food Pantries
            • Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Manhattan
            • Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Poughkeepsie

        This workshop will offer staff and volunteers of community kitchens, food pantries, and shelters tools to understand and work effectively with guests who exhibit challenging behaviors. We will discuss what those guests are communicating through their actions, as well as: 

            • The array of mental health diagnoses most likely to affect your guests
            • How to differentiate between “bad behavior” and symptoms of mental illness
            • How to avoid power struggles and burnout
            • Social issues that intersect with mental illness and contribute to hunger and homelessness
            • Nutrition and mental illness


        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.  


        Click here to find resources from past workshops. 






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