Solidarity through Companionship: a free training workshop
- Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
- Time: noon-2 p.m.
- Location: OPDX HQ Che Room, 1131 SE Oak St
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Come learn how to engage people into conversation in a non-threatening and welcoming way.
Based on the "congregational companionship ministry of presence" developed by the Rev. Craig Rennebohm, this training was originally designed for local churches and in mental health chaplaincy setting, but since then has been successfully used with little or no modification even in non-religious settings such as social service agencies and even by a few police departments in helping connect people with services and resources — and even in preventing escalation of aggressive/disturbing behaviors.
In particular, this training benefits those who are introverted or unaccustomed to interacting with people who are from very different background from who they are. The training focuses on building first an authentic human-to-human connection, instead of approaching a person through "frames" and roles one plays. Through a non-confrontational approach, the companionship also facilitates a person to address unwelcome behaviors by others without becoming confrontational and aggressive, and thereby proactively preventing any escalation that may lead to violence.