Annual New England Disaster Chaplains Summit
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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“A Day Reflecting on Healing and Hope”
Sponsored by Massachusetts Conference UCC Disaster Resource and Response Team 
and The Salvation Army.

DATE:  May 30, 2019
TIME:  10:00 to 3:00
PLACE:  25 Shawmut Road, Canton MA
COST:  $35.00

Schedule for the day:

10:00am Registration – Visit booths

10:30am-12:00pm - Seminar #1  “Lightening the Load”  What?! Another workshop on coping with stress? Another seminar on self-care? Not exactly. This isn't the same old jargon, folks! New research suggests that dealing with high stress and trauma is not to be undertaken as a purely mental exercise. We're not going to talk about theory or checklists.

In this workshop, you will learn simply by being active, performing activities that immediately reduce stress. We're getting out of our heads and into the wisdom of the body with practical, action-oriented tools to lighten the burden of stressful care-giving and trauma work.  This workshop will be presented by the Rev. Dr. Christina Belogour who last year presented the workshop on Post Traumatic Growth.

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch & visit booths   Lunch is provided by Salvation Army.  There will be booths from different organizations that respond to disasters in MA.

1:00pm-2:00pm  Seminar #2   Exploring ‘Trauma Stewardship'  Based on the new field of ‘Trauma Stewardship’, this will be an introduction to the ‘the often-unrecognized toll taken on those working to make the world a better place. We may feel tired, cynical, or numb or like we can never do enough. These, and other symptoms, affect us individually and collectively, sapping the energy and effectiveness we so desperately need if we are to benefit humankind, other living things, and the planet itself…we are called to meet these challenges in an intentional way’  (Laura van Dernoot Lipsky)
  • By raising awareness of the cumulative toll on individuals, organizations, institutions, movements, communities, and society as a whole as a result of being exposed to suffering, hardship, crisis or trauma
  • Responding to acute trauma, whether individual or collective
2:00pm-3:00pm - Seminar #3  Lessons Learned  Developing a practical self and team care plan for your agency; based on ‘best practices’ from the Boston Marathon Bombing and Hurricane Maria Response Both Seminar 2and 3 are taught by Chris Farrand, M.Div, is the Massachusetts Director of Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) for The Salvation Army, which oversees the development and operations of the EDS program for the state including the Emotional and Spiritual Care (ESC) Rapid Response Team.  Chris has overseen The Salvation Army’s responses for the Merrimack Explosions, the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Springfield, MA Tornadoes, and recently deployed to Puerto Rico five times to support ESC and Team Resiliency post Maria.

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