Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Crisis Response Training

Author Avianca Bouchedid, Written Mar 19, 2013

Crisis Response Training and Retreat
April 14-17, 2013
Murray Grove, New Jersey

This event is underwritten by a generous grant from the CERG UU Disaster Relief Fund. Established in 2002, the UU Trauma Response Ministry mission is to provide a UU presence to UU ministers, congregations and communities in the wake of disaster and significant trauma. We accomplish our mission by responding to requests for assistance through phone support and consultations, deploying trained volunteers on site and conducting congregational preparedness workshops for UU congregations.

The fee is on a sliding scale $30-$100.  Pay what you can. Scholarships are available.  For questions or to register, contact Rev. Julie Taylor:

The event will begin at dinner on Sunday, April 14th and end after lunch on Wednesday, April 17th.  Space is limited, registration is required.

This April, the UU Trauma Response Ministry team is offering training for religious educators, lay people and clergy in crisis intervention techniques. You will learn practical skills in providing one-on-one crisis intervention and information on what to expect in a long-term recovery process. Lay people, religious educators, church administrators, clergy and district/region staff are all invited and welcome to attend.

The training will be held during the day while breaks and evenings will be spent in rest, reflection and spending time with other UUs from around the district who have responded to and been affected by this storm. The setting of Murray Grove offers many opportunities for relaxation, solitude, and encounters with nature as well as supportive community.

Room and board for this training/retreat are fully paid for, there is a nominal fee to help offset materials costs.

Following the widespread devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the UU Trauma Response Ministry received an increase in requests for training in crisis response. This 3-day training and retreat has been created to support and bring new “tools” to the Metro NY District.