The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) is proud to host the 14th annual Faith and Spiritual Affairs Conference. The theme this year is “Keeping the Faith: Connecting through Quarantine”. The conference will illustrate how faith communities and the City of Philadelphia have partnered to connect and promote togetherness and love throughout our communities’ through unprecedented times.COVID-19 is an ongoing pandemic that has affected many individuals. It has taken a toll on people across the world, our neighbors, communities, friends, family and personal wellness. We are going to look at how the COVID 19 pandemic has impacted the faith of community. How do we keep the faith through, food insecurity, loss of life, gun violence, and racial injustice? The purpose of this conference is to build on the strengths and compassion of Philadelphians to address how Covid-19 has affected our communities and find ways to stay connected. This year’s conference is a reminder that Philadelphia was founded on the notion of love and is a call to renew our faith in one another and our ability to effect change. Speakers and panelists will present on their efforts to respond to the pandemic as both individuals and members of their communities. We invite community members, faith leaders, service providers and all others to partake in this transformative event. “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.”- Helen Keller
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Conference Speakers and Panelists:
Dr. Howard Stevenson: Keynote Speaker
Donald Price, PhD
Rev Dr Lori Banfield, MTS, DMFT
Amberlee Venti, LPC
C. Virginia O’Hayer, PhD
Diane Abatemarco, PhD
Nick Lordi, BA
Meghan Gannon, PhD
Suja Mathew, MA
Sarorng (Rorng) Sorn, MS
Reverend Naomi Washington-Leapheart
We will also have a Wellness hour that will connect you mentally, physically or socially. Choose to take some time to listen to spoken word, learn the art of Zhong Xin Dao, update your Zumba skills or just connect and network with others. This conference will offer these experiences and so much more. For Wellness hour schedule CLICK HERE
• Identify two initiatives supported by DBHIDS Faith & Spiritual Affairs to address disparities in understanding marginalized communities such as: youth, men of color, people reentering society from prison.
• Identify two options available for continuing the conversation between faith and spiritual communities, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), the provider community and the community-at-large to promote optimal health and well-being of Philadelphia’s individuals and communities.
• Outline one strategy promoted by DBHIDS to integrate violence reduction approaches into the delivery of behavioral health services as well as into community services and supports.
• Identify two city service systems which have been transformed to allow easier access and/or more effective outcomes.
• Examine collaboration opportunities to reduce social isolation and promote social and spiritual wellness.
• Understand how to implement therapeutic framework into the workplace to support staff who are continually exposed to secondary trauma.
Philadelphia Faith Community, Behavioral Health Provider Agency, and Individuals with Lived Experience.
Certificates will be given to participants who attended a workshop for at least 90% of the time and have completed an evaluation.