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    • 04/04/2023
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course Spring 2023
    Sponsored by the Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities

    Course description: This course is required as preparation for RNs seeking to practice as Faith Community Nurses (FCNs). It is based on the curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing which is owned by the Spiritual Care Association of New York, NY. We have updated and enhanced this course to include Trauma-Informed care for FCNs to help you care for persons who have experienced psychological and/or spiritual trauma and included information on Opioid Abuse and vulnerable populations.

    Format: Virtual via Zoom

    Contact hours: 38.25 contact hours for RNs. ANCC approved.

    Dates: April 13-14 April 25-26 May 4-5 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (CST) each day

    Registration: Register online at foundations-course/ Deadline: 4/4/23

    Fee: $425 (plus cost of the participant manual) Includes a virtual mentoring session after course completion. Need-based scholarships available

    Questions? Contact Lead Faculty, Sondra Weinzierl or 763-478-1027 Or call the FCNN office at

    For the flyer and more information click here.

    • 04/21/2023
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual - 6 sessions

    Faith+Lead Dare to Lead

     From a young age, a lot of us received some pretty consistent messaging about how to successfully navigate life, love, and work:

     Go with the flow. Avoid making any waves. Don’t rock the boat.

     These words have the potential for real disaster when they become your identity. At their worst, these are the ingredients for becoming indecisive and conflict-avoidant. If you’re someone who absorbed those messages in full and now finds yourself in a leadership position, you may be experiencing frustration, fatigue, and a high degree of burnout. 

     Here’s the bottom line: you’re stuck with these old patterns or a lifetime of going through the motions. Not if we can help it! We want to tell you about a course we’re hosting. It’s called Dare to Lead for Church Leaders, and it’s based on the research and teaching of Dr. Brené Brown. Over six immersive sessions, our facilitator, Rev. Sarah Ciavarri, will apply these Dare to Lead principles to church leadership. In it, you’ll learn what authentic leadership looks like, what it’s not, and how to build the courage to live out your values in all aspects of your life and ministry.

    In Dare to Lead for Faith Leaders, you'll experience hands-on training and practical wisdom that includes:

    • The four sets of skills inherent to daring leadership
    • Self-awareness and emotional literacy that impacts your thoughts and decisions
    • Appropriate vulnerability and the myths that keep you from authenticity
    • How your core values inform your professional life
    • The skills that guide tough conversations – including giving and receiving feedback
    • What role “meaning-making” plays in humans and the stories we tell ourselves
    Registration Information: 
    Get access for $600

    SPRING SESSION: April 21, 27, May 5, 12, 19th, 25th from 9:30-1:00 Central
    FALL SESSION: Sept. 6,13,20,27,4, and 11th from 9:30-1:00 Central

    • Open to any leader in a faith community
    • Six live online sessions—not recorded
    • Access to the Dare to Lead video library
    • A safe place to learn and a community for support
    • 20 Contact Hours

    Click the link below for all the details and a chance to register. Sometimes you have to rock the boat.

    • 04/29/2023
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Jefferson Lansdale Hospital, Lansdale, PA

    “Trauma 109: Trauma in a Pandemic”

    Three years have passed since COVID-19 appeared in the United States. The impact of this pandemic has been global.

    Why is it important to explore trauma of a pandemic? What are the consequences and impact that the pandemic has had on our body, mind and spirit?

    This workshop will discuss the exposure of trauma and toxic stress created during the pandemic, as well as some of the issues our population faces regarding their overall health and well-being moving forward.

    • Please note – We will need to have a minimum of 30 people registered for this program by March 31st, or the program will be cancelled.

    Presenters: Keynote speakers are Certified Trauma-Competent Professionals from Lakeside Global Institute


    Date:  Saturday, April 29, 2023

    TimeRegistration: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

               Program: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Location: Jefferson Lansdale Hospital – Classroom E/F (Lower Level, near the cafeteria), 100 Medical Campus Drive, Lansdale, PA 19446

    Program fee: $20.00 early-bird registration; After 4/3 - registration fee will be $25.00

    Pay by check or credit card (information on registration form)

                          *Registration fee is non-refundable

    (Fee includes: continental breakfast, program content, materials and continuing education certificate. Please bring you own hot beverage, or you may purchase one in the cafeteria).

    • Do not delay in registering – take advantage of the early-bird registration

    Contact hours: 3.0 contact hours for nurses. All are Welcome to attend.

    Registration is required.

    Click on the linked conference title above for more information
    and to access the registration form.

    • 05/11/2023
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Registration Now Open for 6th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium

    Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day (OAMHAD) Symposium, which will be held on May 11, 2023. This free, all-day, virtual event will feature an engaging plenary, informative sessions, and a diverse array of topics addressing the most pressing mental health needs in older adults.

    Who should attend?

    Public health practitioners, professionals in the aging network, mental health providers, health care professionals, and anyone interested in ensuring the mental health of older adults are invited to attend. In partnership with the E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) will be offering continuing education for several disciplines.

    The symposium is brought to you by NCOA, ACL, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

    Join the conversation on social media using #OAMHAD.

    • 05/17/2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 05/18/2023
    • 3:30 PM
    • Mequon, WI - Concordia University Campus

    Compassionate Service

    The 31st Annual Parish Nurse and Congregational Health Ministries Conference

    May 17-18, 2023

    Hosted by:

    Concordia University Wisconsin

    School of Nursing

    12800 North Lake Shore Drive

    Mequon, WI 53097

    Dr. Carol A. Lueders Bolwerk,


    For Registration information and the complete program details follow this link:  
    Parish nurse 2023 final brochure with room numbers 31stconference.docx

    In addition, the Lutheran Parish Nurses International will offer four (4) $250 scholarships to offset the costs of attending the event. Click this link for the scholarship applications.  
    parish nurse 2023 LPNI scholarshipPNconference.doc

    • 06/05/2023
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • First Lutheran Church, Fargo, MN

    Parish Nurse Ministries Foundation Course
    Offer by 
    Concordia College, Moorhead MN

    The Parish Nurse Ministry Program of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN will be offering the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course June 5-9 of 2023 (the deadline to register will be May 26th). The course will be held at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND. This will be a full week of in-person learning activities as we do not offer a distance learning option. The program is open to licensed registered nurses who are interested in personal growth and/or starting a health and healing ministry within a faith community.  

    In addition to the full week of instruction, the program cost of $450 includes the participant workbook, practice standards for FCNs, and a binder of program specific materials. A small scholarship is available to those who are not sponsored by a faith community. The cost also includes refreshments and some meals for the week! Lodging is not available on site but there are many hotels in the F/M area.

    Dates: June 5-9, 2023 

    Cost: $450 

    Location:  First Lutheran Church
    619 Broadway
    Fargo, ND 58102

    Registration deadline is May 26, 2023

    For additional information, please email Dr. Jean Bokinskie, PhD, RN, PNM Program Director, at or call 218-299-3825 or
    701-866-3063.  Please visit our website for detailed information, program resources and a link to complete your registration.

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Mental Health First Aid is likened to CPR certification, where information is shared to assist individuals experiencing mental health or substance use-related issues. Specific risk factors and warning signs are discussed, with shared strategies to meet the needs of individuals with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychoses, substance abuse disorders, and trauma. The outcome focus is the development of recovery and resiliency.

The 4 reasons to become trained in Mental Health First Aid:

1. Being Prepared 
2. Being Helpful learn recommended strategies 
3. Mental illnesses affect 1 in 5 adults
4. Share caring for one another

To learn more, go to the Mental Health First Aid website at and if you are interested in taking a course, click on "Get Trained" and if you are interested in being an instructor, click on "Be an Instructor".

Last updated: 03/04/2023


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