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Office of Community and Faith Engagement (OCFE)
Faith-based 2022 Virtual Series
The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused much distress throughout Michigan communities, in many cases, worsening already negative and even dangerous situations. Generally, faith leaders are "first responders" when individuals and families face public health crisis, disaster, or mental health problems. This Faith and Mental Health virtual Presentation is a 5-part series that provides resources to help faith leaders identify some of our most prevalent and devastating public and mental health problems and know how to reach out for help for vulnerable congregants and community members. Experts in each topic will provide the information you need to better serve your community.
Dates and Topics
May 17 - Multigenerational Trauma and Its Impact on Family Systems and Communities
May 24 - Adverse Childhood Experiences and Child Trauma
June 16 - Regional Faith Leader Panel Discussion – COVID 19: What’s Next?
June 21 - Children’s Exposure to Domestic Violence
August 04 - Substance Abuse: The Comeback of Fatal Drugs from the Past
August 25 - Working with Veterans – Critical Insights and Tools for Faith Leaders
Virtual Workshop Series
Multigenerational Trauma and Its Impact on Family Systems and Communities
May 17th (10:00 AM ET / 9:00 AM CT) (1.5 hours)
Speaker: Meredith Reese, LPC
Join us for this revealing faith leader conversation! You will be informed on the lasting affect that trauma causes from a different, yet compelling perspective. Participants will explore the significant impact of multigenerational trauma on communities and discover community resilience through vicarious transformation.
Adverse Childhood Experiences and Child Trauma
May 24th (to be rescheduled) (1.5 hours)
Speaker: Joyce Wright
This workshop purposely brings insight and awareness to how a multitude of traumatic experiences impact children directly, and how to identify them. Resources will be provided.
Regional Faith Leader Panel Discussion – COVID 19: What’s Next?
June 16th (10:00 AM ET / 9:00 AM CT) (1.5 hours)
Speaker: MDHHS Office of Community and Faith Engagement
Many faith leaders around the state have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. So many questions with the expectation that faith leaders have the answers, relating to the vaccine, children receiving the vaccine or not, to the booster and the new occurring variants. Who should be trusted and why? This discussion seeks to unpack where we stand as a community to day-learning to live with COVID-19 ongoing.
Children’s Exposure to Domestic Violence
June 21st (1:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM CT) (1.5 hours)
Speaker: Joyce Wright
Children are our precious commodity and should always be protected from ALL harm mentally and physically. This educational approach will delve deeper into the effects that Domestic Violence specifically can play on children. Resources will be provided.
Substance Abuse: The Comeback of Fatal Drugs from the Past
August 4th (10:00 AM ET / 9:00 AM CT) (1.5 hours)
Speaker: Dwight Vaughter, LMSW
This experience will provide an educational opportunity concerning substance abuse, use, and the grand reentrance of drugs from the past, to include Fentanyl and Heroin. Learn what the current troubling trends are with the resurgence of these drugs. In addition, resources, and referral processes will be provided for faith leaders to assist their communities.
Working with Veterans – Critical Insights and Tools for Faith Leaders
August 25th (10:00 AM ET / 9:00 AM CT) (1.5 hours)
Speaker: Marc Houck
Workshop participants will gain insight on the increasing mental challenges that veterans are facing. Suicide, PTSD, and homelessness are a few challenges that are on the rise for vets. This training will provide tools and resources for faith leaders to better understand veterans and how to successfully work with them. Resources will be provided.
Meredith Reese, Chief Integrated Behavioral Health Officer
Meredith Reese, LPC is the Chief Integrated Behavioral Health Officer at Vista Maria. She is a featured speaker, and trainer relating to human trafficking, and trauma. She is an active member and Board Member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Taskforce and raises awareness to stand against human trafficking through community advocacy and presentations. She is the former recipient of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services –Best Practice Award for her work and dedication to the anti-trafficking movement.
Joyce Wright, Former Director of Training
MDHHS – Division of Victim Services/Michigan Domestic and Sex Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
Joyce Wright is the former Director of Training in the Division of Victim Services/Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. Inspired over 30 years ago by victims seeking assistance and not finding it. She has dedicated her career to providing supportive services to adult and child survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, intervening with those who are perpetrators of these behaviors; and delivering training to professional, religious, and civic organizations on these issues. Through her consulting work and media appearances, she has reached thousands of people with her message of helping those who are victimized.
MDHHS Office of Community and Faith Engagement
The Office of Community and Faith Engagement (OCFE) promotes collaboration between government, community organizations, and faith leaders to improve the quality of life for Michigan residents, with specific efforts to inform organizations of federal/state resources and grants, and also to convene community and faith leaders to support program areas that directly impact Michigan’s most vulnerable adults, children, and families.
Dwight Vaughter, CEO
Dwight Vaughter has been active in the substance abuse and mental health field since 1980 and has served -providing leadership to several behavioral healthcare programs. He earned a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 1989; is a State of Michigan Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) and possesses various certifications in addictions. In 2008, Dwight became the CEO of SHAR Inc. (aka SHAR House), a well-known and respected substance use and recovery agency with multiple sites. SHAR delivers the full continuum of services from withdrawal management through recovery support services to individuals with substance use and co-occurring disorders. As a person in long-term recovery, Dwight has participated in several local and national opioid-related symposiums, town hall meetings, and other forums designed to educate and increase the awareness of the public.
Integrated Care Program Manager, VA Wyoming (MI) CBOC
Dr. Marc Houck is an Army Veteran (Iraq, ’03-’04) and graduate of Calvin College and Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. He’s a clinical psychologist and Program Manager with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and he maintains a small private practice in Holland, MI. Dr. Houck resides in Holland with his wife of 24 years, two kids, and two dogs. In his spare time he enjoys exercise, travel, and time with family and friends.