Bridges Out of Poverty Training and Application

Day 1 - Basic Bridges Training

Day 2 - Bridges Application

Date: April 9 & 10

Time: 8:30am - 3:30am with Registration at 8:00am

Location: American Legion 3615 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio

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Overview for Day 1
Developing a mental model of poverty, and how relationships and "tyranny of the moment" trump all; learning the hidden rules of survival for property and middle class and how these skills - critical in one context can mean failure in another; understanding the difference between formal and informal register and how to make our communications meaningful; identifying resources needed to achieve middle class (it's not all about money) and barriers that limit their acquisition; and a commitment to making our community a more succesful community.

Course evaluations will be collected and CEU information will be provided at the conclusion of each day of the conference.

Overview for Day 2
Pre-requisite: Basic Bridges Training (Day 1).

Learning how to create relationships and mentoring; developing skills and strategies; studying barriers to change and stages of change; motivation; developing mental models.

Target Audience
This course is particularly designed for community partners, attorneys, counselors, judges, educators, law enforcement, probation staff, social workers, social service staff & volunteers, and employers, but it will benefit all who seek a better understanding of
persons in generational poverty and how best
to assist them in moving out of it.

Presenter Jodi Pfarr from Minneapolis, Minnesota, brings to her audiences the knowledge gained from direct experience with not-for-profit organizations. Pfarr served as executive director of Emma Norton Services, providing housing to single women with issues around low income, mental illness, and/or chemical dependency. She worked several years for Catholic Charities, supervising low-income housing units for people with mental illness, chronic inebriation, and/or low incomes. This followed her post of supervising the Special Needs Shelter for the Salvation Army. Pfarr holds a Master of Divinity degree and is formerly a certified critical debriefer and chaplain with the St. Paul Police Department; she wrote the book Tactical Communication for law enforcement. She is familiar with the police culture and the challenges that officers face. She has advised several city and county agencies on projects related to poverty issues. Pfarr has been a consultant for Aha! Process, Inc., since 2001 and shares her experiences on the DVD "Jodi's Stories."

Continuing Professional Education Credit Approved/Pending
Up to 5.5 CEUs pending Ohio Counselor, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for each day.
There will be a fee of $10/day for CEUs.

Special Needs
Please indicate on the registration form special dietary needs or any mobility requirements.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013. Cancellations with full refunds will be accepted until March 25th, 2013.

Conference fee:
Early Bird registration prior to March 15th, 2013: $35/per day.

After March 15th, registration is $45/day.



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