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    • 03/14/2024
    • 9:15 AM
    • 10/10/2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Virtual or Hybrid

    Faith Community Nurse Network
    Trauma, Trauma-Informed Care and Mental Health : Help & Hope

    Sponsored by the FCN Network of the Greater Twin Cities

    “It is important to understand how ubiquitous trauma is in our society, what devastating effects it has on family life, workplace productivity, the ability to learn and take initiative, the ability to stay calm and focused, and the capacity to be compassionate…” Bessel Van Der Kolk How much do you know about trauma and its impact on a person’s spiritual and emotional well-being? Did you know that persons who experience many traumas in their lives are more vulnerable to illness and shorter life spans?

    This four-part series is designed for faith community nurses, faith community leaders, RNs and other professionals who want to learn more about trauma, trauma-informed care and mental health. 

    January 18, 2024 | 9:15 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time | Virtual | Part 1: Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care: The Basics We cover the definitions of trauma and trauma-informed care as well as the many types of trauma that can occur throughout the life span.

    March 14, 2024 | 9:15 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time |Virtual |Part 2: Trauma-Informed Care: Why and How? How do we recognize trauma and provide the types of care that promote healing? Too often, our efforts can re-traumatize survivors. Learn strategies you can use in your unique setting.

    June 13, 2024 | 9:15 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time | Hybrid |Part 3: Mental Health and Trauma in Children and Youth There is a mental health crisis in children and youth in the U.S. The leading cause of death in ages 10-24 is suicide. Trauma is often a contributing factor. Learn about common mental health disorders and signs indicating help is needed.

    October 10, 2024 | 9:15 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time | Hybrid |Part 4: Trauma: Help and Hope In this session learn about new research on resiliency and protective factors that we can promote in our practice and communities. 

    Registration & Cost

    • Cost of individual symposiums (MN FCN $40, Out of MN FCN $50, Non FCN $50, Student $15)
    • Save when you register for the full series (MN FCN $145, Out of MN FCN and Non- FCN: $175, Student $55)
    • Registration closes 72 hours prior to the program start time
    Register Now 2024 Symposium Series Registration ( or call 651.204.0904

    • 06/18/2024
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 07/23/2024
    • 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • ZOOM meeting

    A 6-week support group for families who have experienced the loss of a baby through Miscarriage, Infant Death or Stillbirth Tuesdays, June 18-July 23, 2024 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

    When a family experiences the loss of a child, the grief journey can be a lonely one. This parent-to-parent support group will provide a safe place to share feelings and receive comfort from others who have experienced a similar loss.

    For more information and to register:

    Scroll down to bottom of page for the alternative date for open registration. No Nursing CEU's are offered.

    • 09/10/2024
    • Alaska


    10-18 September 2024 ALASKA USA 

    LPNI study tours provide Parish Nurses and others from around the world an opportunity to learn, network and support one another, share experiences and models of practice, meet with pastors, deaconesses, missionaries and others to enjoy fellowship with like-minded people. Previous study tours have included Palestine, Australia, Finland, USA, Germany, New Zealand, Brazil, England, Canada, Singapore, Romania

    For more information click HERE.

    Lutheran Parish Nurses International, NFP [LPNI] exists to serve the Lord and His Kingdom through Christ-centered parish nursing in Lutheran denominations. The methods to promote this purpose are: Promote, Support, Equip, Research. Although situations in specific countries require some differences in practice, the focus is always the same.  Lutheran parish nurses provide a Christ-centered compassionate health ministry to members of their congregation and community.

     How to Participate:

     LPNI is not a membership organization, but a network of parish nurses and others with an interest in the mission, vision, and purpose. As a network, there are no dues. You can provide support through your prayers and participation.

    • 09/23/2024
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (MDT)
    • Virtual

    PEAK AWARENESS Educational Opportunity with presenter Fe Anam Avis, PEAK Founder

    This is open to FCN’s, Pastors, Stephen Ministers, Health Ministry Teams, Care Ministry Teams, Senior Ministry Programs & other interested parties.

    DATE: Monday, September 23, 2024

    This event is free of charge. See registration link below. 

    Three options to attend:

    Via Zoom at your location


    Join the Zoom at Pathways Hospice

    305 Carpenter Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525


    Join the Zoom at Augustana Lutheran Church

    5000 E Alameda Avenue, Denver, CO 80246

    Family estrangement in general and parental estrangement in particular is being recognized as an emerging public health problem in our society. Roughly 70 million persons over the age of 18 indicate they are estranged from a family member, and one in eight parent-adult child relationships is estranged. During this opportunity, Fe Anam Avis, PEAK founder, will be assisting in providing information to educate and equip us in our ministries in order to serve those in our congregations experiencing the pain and trauma.

    The talk is sponsored by the Denver Area Faith Community Nurses

    so there is no fee to attend. However, in order to better plan and to send a zoom link, registration is required. To register, please click on this link:

    Further questions can be sent to:

Mental Health First Aid is likened to CPR certification, where information is shared to assist individuals experiencing mental health or substance use-related issues. Specific risk factors and warning signs are discussed, with shared strategies to meet the needs of individuals with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychoses, substance abuse disorders, and trauma. The outcome focus is the development of recovery and resiliency.

The 4 reasons to become trained in Mental Health First Aid:

1. Being Prepared 
2. Being Helpful learn recommended strategies 
3. Mental illnesses affect 1 in 5 adults
4. Share caring for one another

To learn more, go to the Mental Health First Aid website at and if you are interested in taking a course, click on "Get Trained" and if you are interested in being an instructor, click on "Be an Instructor".

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