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

        Tuesday, March 5, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

        Thursday, March 7, 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.

This webinar will explore how to build an effective and well-rounded volunteer orientation for your outreach program. It will assist you  in conveying the needs of the populations you serve to volunteers, covering topics from logistics and tone to best practices. This webinar will include tips for using a volunteer orientation to increase leadership and community among an existing volunteer base and will provide time for skill sharing between participants.

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

Anxiety among our children is increasing, and today’s kids face numerous mental, physical, and emotional challenges that test their resilience and can make full engagement in life and learning difficult. The tools of mindfulness offer a powerful way to build awareness of self and others, increase emotional regulation capacity, decrease the harmful impact of stress, and ultimately help children manage anxiety and thrive even when life is difficult. This workshop will introduce you to mindfulness and movement practices that you can integrate immediately into your work with children and adolescents in your youth outreach program. No special props, mats or prior experience are needed.

The workshop will be presented by Little Flower Yoga and Mindfulness,  a New York-based organization dedicated to helping children and teens develop strong inner resources, and navigate the challenges they face with a sense of personal power and self-awareness.

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Motivational Interviewing

        Wednesday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Manhattan 

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

Motivational Interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings by eliciting and utilizing their internal motivators for behavior change. Participants in this workshop will learn:

  •  The philosophy and principles of Motivational Interviewing
  •   The 4 Basic skills of Motivational Interviewing
  •   Exploring and resolving ambivalence to change

Dr. Andrew Hamid has been on the Social Work faculty at Columbia University for the past 25 years, where he teaches in the area of Motivational Interviewing (MI). During this time, he has also been engaged in delivering professional development workshops on MI to social service organizations throughout the U.S and beyond.

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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 annual schedule includes both webinars and in-person trainings. In-person workshops are held in Poughkeepsie as well as Manhattan.  


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