8:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Devotional

My Journey Through an Active Shooter Situation (Paul DeHaven)

After attending the HDI conference in 2015, I left prepared to care for people in our church and community when disaster struck. Six weeks later, my family and I were in the midst of an active shooter situation on a mission trip to Brazil. I will reflect on God's protection and peace during the most frightening hour of my life.

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker. 

 

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Plenary Session

How Slow Kingdom Practices Can Prepare Us for Disaster Response (Kent Annan)

Kent will share how the 5 practices in his new book "Slow Kingdom Coming" can apply to your work of disaster relief, preparation, and development. These practices can guide both our theological reflection and our practical work. Kent's 20 years of international development work and theological reflection inform these practices and stories.

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker. 

 

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Breakout Sessions

Spiritual Resilience in the Valley of the Shadow (Rev. Dr. Laurie A Kraus)

This breakout session will address how disaster response programs can support the emotional and spiritual resilience and recovery of communities impacted by natural or human caused disaster, using the afflicted community's inherent capacity for spiritual resilience as well as resources that may be introduced by the response/recovery community.  Attention will be paid to identifying those most vulnerable in the wake of disaster.

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker. 

 

A Biblical and Practical Application of Cross-Cultural Forgiveness (Dr. George F. Rhoades, Jr.)

A Biblical review and practical application of forgiveness in an international context. The importance of internal and external forgiveness is presented along with the two sides of forgiveness, i.e. requesting and giving forgiveness. The application of the Biblical principles of forgiveness is also presented with the consideration of Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Judaism religions and people.

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker. 

 

Resiliency and Preparedness: Meeting Needs of Children Post-Disaster (Cari Logan)

Children are particularly vulnerable to the impact of disaster. This presentation will address the unique needs of children after disasters. Discussion will center around the spiritual and emotional impact of disaster on children and how building resiliency skills for children after disaster can lead to growth for the child and family and renewed hope and strength in the whole community. The presentation will also overview several resources available including Camp Noah: a resiliency and preparedness program for elementary children in communities impacted by disaster.

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker. 

 

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Coffee Break & Networking

 

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. | Plenary Session

Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others: Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue (Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett)

Trauma work can be deeply rewarding. It can also lead to job-related burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Secondary traumatic stress, or compassion fatigue, can occur when witnessing traumatic events. Compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress can lead to physical and mental health sequelae for those experience them. They can also impair you as a care provider. Self-care is essential for being able to provide compassionate care to others. In this session, you will learn about the causes and consequences of secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue, as well as some specific strategies for integrating self-care into your care for others.

**1 CE Credit is offered for this speaker.

Wheaton College has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4597. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Wheaton College is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

+ Objectives

  • To understand the causes of burnout for perinatal care providers
  • To understand the causes of compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress in perinatal care providers
  • To understand posttraumatic growth
  • To describe steps to recovery from burnout and secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue

 

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch (on your own)

 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Plenary Session

Sustainable Community Disaster Risk Reduction (Dr. David Boan)

Relief organizations are challenged to engage the local community as partners to create greater community impact.  This is especially true in the areas of disaster risk reduction and climate change, both of which require anticipating challenges rather than reacting to past events.  Current program models emphasize working with the local community as partners and recruiting vulnerable members of the community as collaborators.  Still, research shows that more than 70% of community change programs are not sustained.  A recent program by HDI to create local Communities of Practice for Disaster Risk Reduction shows promise in addressing this problem.  This presentation describes how this program differs from other existing programs, how it was implemented in programs in the Philippines, Haiti, and elsewhere. The key elements for lasting community change are presented, including static versus dynamic capacity, learning networks, and rapid cycles of change.

**1 CE Credit is offered for this speaker.

Wheaton College has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4597. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Wheaton College is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

+ Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • The importance of dynamic capacities in creating sustainable change
  • The role of learning in generating locally adapted community programs
  • The necessity of engaging vulnerable populations in program implementation, and
  • Indicators of sustainable programming

 

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Poster Session & Coffee Break

 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

Reimaging Parternships in Emergency Management (Marcus Coleman)

As the work of emergency management evolves to address new threats, opportunities and communities, social capital is still a premium asset in responding to and recovering from disasters. This presentation will engage participants in a two-way discussion about the significant influence that are changing the way organizations, religious and secular, partner together. This presentation will also highlight resources that are results of existing partnerships between the DHS Center and faith-based and community organizations.

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker. 

 

Serving the Community During Times of Disaster (David L. Maack)

In this session, we will look at ways a congregation can meet the needs of the community in the aftermath of a disaster by assessing strengths before disaster strikes and developing plans to fulfill that mission.

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker. 

 

Trauma-informed Care - for Self and Others (Elaine Zook Barge)

In a world of disaster, disease and conflict and violence, the stories of trauma, pain AND resilience are similar across countries, cultures and continents. But too often, trauma is the ‘elephant in the room’, the topic no one dares talk about, but that impacts us all – including the ones caring for the most vulnerable. This breakout session will address the impact of trauma on the body, brain, beliefs and behavior of individuals and communities and highlight some processes for addressing trauma and building resilience which come from the STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) program. This session aims to prepare individuals and organizations to be more confident in responding to their own and their communities’ needs.

*CE credits are NOT permitted for this speaker. 

 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Concluding Remarks

Dr. Jamie D. Aten