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Diversity & Inclusion in Faith Communities
Is there a need to consider diversity and inclusion strategies in the faith community? Diversity and inclusion has increasingly become a focal point for businesses, educational institutions and service organizations.
During this webinar we discuss the following:
- Issues of cultural diversity in the context of faith communities.
- A few basic concepts of cultural diversity, explicit/implicit bias, and microaggression.
- These concepts were examined from an individual, group and community perspective.
About Rev. Deborah Burris, M. Div.
Rev. Deborah J. Burris earned her Master Divinity from Eden Seminary and is the Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
In this capacity, she provides administrative leadership for equal opportunity and diversity for UMSL and counsels the chancellor, senior administrators, faculty, staff and students concerning equal opportunity issues.
She brings to her position over 30 years of higher education experience working in student development, human resources and equal opportunity/diversity administration. Advancing opportunities for women and other underrepresented groups has been at the core of her career.
She currently serves as co-chair of the Chancellor’s Cultural Diversity Council. Ms. Burris earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri Columbia and an undergraduate degree from St. Louis University in Organizational Development.
Presentation Origin date: August 9, 2017. Click the video below to watch the webinar.
Sabbaths of Hope Orientation
“A Time of Healing”
Sabbaths of Hope is a mental health literacy initiative that enables clergy and other faith leaders to recognize types and symptoms of depression, provide referral and linkage to treatment options, and offer more effective support to congregants suffering from depression and other mental health challenges.
On May 5th, participants who attended this webinar received training and resources to enable them to conduct educational events for congregants and how to integrate mental health awareness in sermons, sacred text and other liturgical elements in both a Christian and Jewish context.
Rev. Jermine Alberty, is the Lead Consultant of Pathways to Promise, National Trainer of Mental Health First Aid and has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, faith community, mental health and government. He has worked in the mental-health field for over ten years and has had the privilege to serve as a National Trainer of MHFA USA for eight of those years, he has trained hundreds of instructors and thousands of first aiders in Missouri and across the Nation.
Jermine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business management and a Master’s Degree in Divinity. He is a Mental Health Cultural Competency Trainer which was conferred by the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare and has served as co-chair of the UMSL Chancellors Cultural Diversity sub-committee. Jermine is an active volunteer, serving as a chair of Bridges to Care & Recovery Steering Committee and initiative of the Behavior Health Network of Greater St. Louis, Board President of Future Leaders Outreach Network and a former board member of NAMI St. Louis.
Lesley Levin is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and served as the founder and President/CEO of Behavioral Health Response, the Eastern Region of Missouri Crisis System from 1995-2012. She is the President of AccredAssist. Lesley received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her MSSA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse for over 45 years.
Lesley has over 30 years of experience in both for profit and non-profit management. Ms. Levin has been an accreditation surveyor for both CARF and The American Association of Suicidology for 16 years. She has conducted over 250 accreditation site visits.
In 2001, Lesley completed training as a Para Rabbinic Fellow at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lesley served as the Vice President of the NAMI St. Louis board of directors and the board of CHADS Coalition, Covenant Chai Senior Housing and the Sisterhood of Congregation Shaare Emeth.
Presentation Origin date: May 5, 2017. Click the video below to watch the webinar.
Faith.Hope.Life: A new Suicide Tool for Faith Communities
Faith communities of all traditions have an important part to play in fostering mental health and helping prevent suicide. Faith leaders are on the “front lines” –the first people many turn to in times of emotional or spiritual crises. Moreover, our congregations offer the faith and hope needed to get through the most difficult of times. The webinar will introduce an exciting initiative entitled Faith.Hope.
•Familiarize participants with the components of the Faith.Hope.Life Initiative
•Describe the resources on the Faith.Hope.Life website as a go to resource for the broader topic of Suicide Prevention and faith communities
•Discuss the ways that faith leaders and congregations can integrate resources to create action plans.
Colonel (Dr.) David A. Litts, USAF (Ret)
Dr. Litts is a nationally recognized consultant in suicide prevention with a 19 year record of historic accomplishments in the field. Throughout his suicide prevention career, Dr. Litts has contributed significantly to the writing, development and distribution of publications and resources to support faith communities in recognizing and responding to suicide risk and suicide loss and currently serves as a Co-Lead, Faith Communities Task Force, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the public private partnership catalyzing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. From 2011 to 2014 he served as Executive Secretary of the Action Alliance, bringing together leaders of dozens of organizations from across the country to build the organization to one of national stature.
For eleven years after its founding, he served as a senior leader at the federally-funded national Suicide Prevention Resource Center. He has led initiatives researching stigma among U.S. soldiers and providing crisis services for the NFL, led the development and dissemination of suicide prevention policies and practices for various clinical settings, was selected by the White House as one of seven civilian experts on the Congressionally mandated DoD Suicide Prevention Task Force, and served as Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General overseeing the completion of the first-ever National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. From 1996-1999, he coordinated the history-making Air Force Suicide Prevention Program, the first population-based effort to show a statistically significant decrease in suicides. In 2015, Dr. Litts received The Louis I. Dublin Award for distinguished contributions from the American Association of Suicidology.
Presentation Origin date: April 12, 2017. Click the video below to watch the webinar.
To access the resources discussed in webinar from Faith. Hope. Life initiative please click this link resources.
3’Ms Meditation, Mediation, Medication, providing Mental & Spiritual Wellness to those who serve in Communities of Faith” Presented and led by Jermine Alberty, BSB/M, M. Div.
In this workshop, the role that active support from faith leaders and communities and the principles that can enhance an individual’s wellness and recovery of both mind and soul will be discussed. Participants will learn holistic approaches to successfully ministering to the needs of individuals with mental illness, how to recognize the impact stigmatizing language can have on all individuals and how to recognize and eliminate it from sacred places.
Jermine will soon send us the link and phone number for this call. Please let others know of this webinar who might be interested. The second half hour will be devoted to sharing and networking about what you are doing related to mental health awareness and organizing in faith communities in your area.
Rev. Jermine Alberty, is the Lead Consultant of Pathways to Promise, National Trainer of Mental Health First Aid and has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, faith community, mental health and government.
He has worked in the mental-health field for ten years and have been privilege to serve as a National Trainer of MHFA USA for eight of those years, he has trained hundreds of instructors and thousands of first aiders in Missouri and across the Nation.
Jermine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business management and a Master’s Degree in Divinity. He is a Mental Health Cultural Competency Trainer which was conferred by The Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare and has served as co-chair of the UMSL Chancellors Cultural Diversity Council sub-committee.
Jermine is an active volunteer, serving as chair of the Bridges to Care & Recovery Steering Committee and initiative of the Behavior Health Network of Greater St. Louis, and board member of NAMI St. Louis.
Presentation Origin date: February 8, 2017. Click the video below to watch the webinar.