Faith and community leaders are facing historic challenges, testing the limits of our creativity, strength, and resilience. In this webinar series, experienced specialists in disaster response, recovery, health, mental health, and congregational & family life offer their expertise to help leaders gain new skills and knowledge to face the difficult crises impacting our communities.

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Detailed Schedule

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

COVID Conversations for Faith Communities

Learn and share insights about the impact of COVID-19 upon our faith communities with Oklahoma denominational executives.

Facilitators: Rev. Derrek Belase, Director of Connectional Ministries, Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Pam Holt, Regional Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma

           

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

Where are We? The Spiritual and Emotional Phases of the COVID-19 Disaster

Our experiences with COVID-19 seem to be moving through emotional phases experienced in other disasters. What can we learn from the commonly seen emotional trajectory as we look forward to recovery?   

Facilitator: Rev. Mary Gaudreau Hughes, LPC, Director, Crisis Care Ministries

 

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

Explaining COVID-19 to Children

Germs are scary, and in today's world even scarier. Especially for kids. This webinar will give you the confidence to address, and teach the kids in your life about viruses, germs, and COVID-19.

Facilitator: Taylor Snider, St. Joseph’s Counseling Center, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

                                                                                                                         

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

The Disillusionment Phase: Assisting Others & Ourselves in Long-Term Recovery 

Well into long-term recovery from disasters and other crises events, discouragement can take its toll. Stresses caused by our current historic circumstances can push even the most resilient among us to the limits of our emotional and spiritual resources. In this webinar, participants will learn how to address emotional & spiritual risk factors and to amplify emotional & spiritual protective factors for ourselves and others.         

Facilitator: Rev. Mary Gaudreau Hughes, LPC, Director, Crisis Care Ministries

                                              

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

Ministry in an Age of Pandemic

We must be the voice and hands that prepare others for the devastation of pandemic. We must minister to the sick and distressed during the havoc, and we must minister to the living after the pandemic has taken its toll.

Facilitator: Dr. Naomi Paget, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

                                                                                                               

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

Providing Support to Schools After a Traumatic Loss  

When schools are faced with emerging needs due a traumatic loss, faith communities are the natural responders to provide support functions for the school community. The workshop will discuss all levels of support and responsible roles for the faith community.

Facilitator: Julie Geddes, Sr. Prevention Program Field Representative, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

                                                      

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

In Good Faith: Why Legal Services are Critical for Disaster Survivors Including COVID-19

The vital role of faith community leaders in recognizing issues and referring congregants for help with civil legal problems after disasters. LASO is grateful for funding from Legal Services Corporation via the Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Project to provide community trainings on this important subject.    

Facilitator: Christa Figgins, Director of Mission Advancement, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma         

                                                   

                

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

Providing Support to Your Community After a Traumatic Loss

As communities experience deaths due to traumatic events, there are many ways faith communities can respond and provide stabilization from the onset until the crisis subsides. Faith participation is critical and there are many roles for these events.         

Facilitator: Julie Geddes, Sr. Prevention Program Field Representative, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

                                                

                                

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

Introduction to Stress First Aid        

SFA is a set of supportive actions designed to help you with self-care and peer support & to mitigate the negative impacts of stress. This presentation will provide a brief introduction & overview of the technique.   

Facilitator: Dr. John A. Call, Director, SRT, Inc. and Coordinator of the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps Stress Response Team                          

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST 

Taking the Long View with Faith                           

Rabbi Vered Harris leads a discussion about theodicy, a dynamic and changing faith, and how humans have adapted with wisdom throughout our long history.

Facilitator: Rabbi Vered Harris, Temple B’Nai Israel, Oklahoma City

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

In Good Faith: Why Legal Services are Critical for Disaster Survivors Including COVID-19

The vital role of faith community leaders in recognizing issues and referring congregants for help with civil legal problems after disasters. LASO is grateful for funding from Legal Services Corporation via the Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Project to provide community trainings on this important subject.

Facilitator: Christa Figgins, Director of Mission Advancement, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

                            

                          

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

Managing Holidays in a COVID-19 Environment

This webinar explores strategies for experiencing meaningful holidays even in the midst of the forthcoming season’s unique challenges.

Facilitator: Dr. Candace Fish, St. Luke's United Methodist Church

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

Navigating Political and Cultural Polarization Among Family and Friends

This webinar explores strategies for maintaining personal boundaries while remaining connected to those we love who may hold differing perspectives.

Facilitator: Dr. Mickey Potts, Heart and Mind Pastoral Counseling

 

                                                                                

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

Personal and Family Disaster Preparedness

Protect your family and build a more resilient community by learning how to be more prepared for any disaster. Bonus content: Hear ideas for holiday gift-giving that will help your loved ones be more prepared.      

Facilitator: Roxie Beall, Preparedness Public Outreach and CERT Training Coordinator, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security                                                                   

 

 

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

Caring for Those with Access and Functional Needs

This presentation contains information on "No Box" accessible planning and ideas for people who have access and functional needs. Suggestions on reducing the feelings of “isolation” and ensuring accessible information for the whole community. 

Facilitator: Glenda Ford-Lee, MHR, At-Risk Populations Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Emergency Preparedness & Response Services

                                               

                    

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

National VOAD Disaster Emotional Care & Disaster Spiritual Care Guidelines Implementation at the State and Local Levels

The National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) provides guidance on best practices for disaster response and recovery. This webinar, designed especially for disaster emotional and spiritual care operational decision-makers, discusses pertinent issues and challenges as we seek to adopt important national guidelines. Key national leaders in the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster’s Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee will lead this presentation. 

Facilitators: Dr. Naomi Paget, Chair, National VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee; Dr. Kit O’Neill, Chair, National VOAD Disaster Emotional Care Guidelines writing group; Rev. Mary Gaudreau Hughes, Chair, National VOAD Disaster Spiritual Care Guidelines writing group 

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