The Training Institute

The Bucks-Mont Collaborative Training Institute offers free professional development opportunities for organizations in our community, with a focus on trauma, cultural awareness, and Bridges out of Poverty trainings. Additional trainings are offered throughout the year to respond to emerging community needs.

This past fiscal year, the Training Institute coordinated nine workshops and three courses, or 101.5 hours of training, providing free professional development to 252 attendees in our community. Through a partnership with Gwynedd Mercy University Bachelor of Social Work Program, we also provided complimentary social work CEUs. For Training Institute questions, please contact Shushma Patel, Training and Outreach Manager: shushma@bucksmontcollab.org.

Training Institute Funders & Partners

Thank you to these wonderful funders and partners for their support of the Training Institute! We deeply appreciate you and your commitment to strengthening our community through collective learning and professional development. Thank you to Gwynedd Mercy University Bachelor of Social Work Program for your CEU partnership!

Let's Learn Together!

Upcoming Trainings

Trainer: Pearl S. Buck International

Implicit bias is something that we all have. First, we will define the different forms of bias and discuss the origins of implicit bias. Through the workshop, we will explore how to recognize our biases and how to manage these unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so that they do not develop into stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. We will also discuss biases across groups and generations and examine how to bridge the gaps with communication, understanding and empathy.

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September 29, 2022, 9:30am - 1:00pm, Zoom. Register Here

Trainer: Nadja Mummery, Director of Inclusion and Education, Manna on Main Street

This comprehensive approach to understanding poverty is presented in partnership with Manna on Main Street. Bridges Out of Poverty is an interactive training that provides applicable information that enables us to work together as a community, sharing a common language and understanding, to alleviate and eliminate poverty.

This training provides a framework for agencies, businesses, and individuals to create programs and policies that are innovative and most effective when serving or working with those who are in unstable environments. It is helpful for anyone who ever interacts with people who are different from themselves - whether that difference is related to economic class or not.

Throughout the workshop, participants will receive specific strategies for improving outcomes, but the focus is to provide a broad overview of concepts. This training assists employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals in gaining insight and strategies.

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October 18, 2022, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Zoom. Register Here
February 21, 2023, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Zoom. Register Here

Training is free to all attendees but registration is required, with a max of 3 people per organization.

Trainer: Nadja Mummery, Director of Inclusion and Education, Manna on Main Street

This comprehensive approach to understanding poverty is presented in partnership with Manna on Main Street. This is Part Two of Bridges Out of Poverty, an interactive training that provides applicable information that enables us to work together as a community, sharing a common language and understanding, to alleviate and eliminate poverty.

This training provides a framework for agencies, businesses, and individuals to create programs and policies that are innovative and most effective when serving or working with those who are in unstable environments. The workshop incorporates trauma principles into the Bridges framework. It is helpful for anyone who ever interacts with people who are different from themselves - whether that difference is related to economic class or not.

Throughout the workshop, participants will receive specific strategies for improving outcomes, but the focus is to provide a broad overview of concepts. This training assists employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals in gaining insight and strategies.

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April 19, 2023, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Zoom. Register Here

Prior attendance at Bridges 101 is a requirement. This training is free to all attendees, but registration is required, with a max of 3 people per organization.

Trainer: Pearl S. Buck International

Learn the framework of intercultural competency and cultural humility. Through self-reflection and self-critique, individuals learn about another’s culture by examining one’s own beliefs and cultural identities. Learn skills to interact effectively with others, recognize and challenge power imbalances and navigate differences while managing emotions and building intercultural literacy. Explore how to recognize implicit and explicit messages, identify our own biases, and learn how to manage these unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so that they do not develop into stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination. Through narrative storytelling, examine how to bridge the gaps with communication, understanding and empathy.

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Trainer: Pearl S. Buck International

Learn how to recruit and support a diverse team to achieve organizational goals and realize the value of diversity in the workforce.

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Trainer: Pearl S. Buck International

Learn techniques for cross-cultural verbal and non-verbal communication and managing difficult dialogue. Learn how to navigate challenging conversations, planned and unplanned, with principles and practices that mitigate conflict and lead to win-win results.

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December 13, 2022, 10am-12pm, Zoom. Register Here

Trainers: Licensed Adjunct Trainers through Lakeside Global Institute

Research shows that 67% of the population has experienced at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). These trauma-based adversities are predictive of a multitude of toxic physical, mental and social outcomes throughout a person’s lifetime. As a society and as individuals, we need to be better informed and prepared to prevent and address the traumatic impact of childhood adversities. In this multi-media, interactive workshop, professionals work together to build a powerful image that helps them appreciate the complex nature of trauma and its aftermath.

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Trainers: Licensed Adjunct Trainers through Lakeside Global Institute

Building on information provided in Trauma 101, professionals expand their understanding of trauma and are provided specific skills that enhance abilities to interact in emotionally and relationally healthy ways with people impacted by trauma. As professionals become trauma-aware, they have a responsibility to prevent, avoid and respond to trauma. In this hands-on, interactive workshop professionals are provided opportunities to implement and practice the skills presented.

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Trainers: Licensed Adjunct Trainers through Lakeside Global Institute

The emotional and physical cost of being an engaged and empathetic caregiver can be an occupational hazard. Considering the potential impact of vicarious and secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burn-out, caregivers are provided with critical steps in identifying signs and symptoms of each. Additionally, practical skills and a commitment to self-care are an integral part of this interactive workshop.

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Trainers: Licensed Adjunct Trainers through Lakeside Global Institute

Enhancing cultural competence and encouraging cultural humility is essential to increasing access and improving the standard of care for traumatized children, families, and communities. Cultural awareness, responsiveness, and understanding need to be infused at every level to be effective in addressing the needs of those who have experienced trauma. With both presentation and group interaction, participants will identify forces that contribute to behaviors that build or decrease emotional health in individuals and systems.

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Trainers: Licensed Adjunct Trainers through Lakeside Global Institute
Prerequisite training: Trauma 107, Trauma-Informed Cultural Sensitivity

This workshop provides information the subject of racism with a focus on:

  • Defining basic aspects and components of racism, historic racism and researcher bias
  • Implicit Bias and the Neuroscience of Bias
  • White Privilege, Colorism and Microaggressions
  • The Intersection of Trauma and Racism
  • Reasons to have Hope including Theory of Change, Social Movement and Tipping Point
  • A.R.C. of Racial Reconciliation
  • Constructive, Critical and Courageous Conversations
  • The Myth of Race

Additionally, time will be spent integrating trauma principles to highlight the profound impact of racism while offering ideas with regard to the responsibilities of white and BIPOC to actively promote anti-racism and social equality. There are opportunities for individual reflection and constructive conversations among participants to allow consideration of action steps to take as individuals, communities and a society to challenge and change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors around race.

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B-JEDI Training Series Year Two!

Belonging – Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training Series
Trainer: Quaiser Abdullah, PhD

The Bucks-Mont Collaborative, Interagency Council of Norristown, and Tri-County Community Network are hosting year two of this B-JEDI Training Series with Quaiser Abdullah, PhD! The topics respond to timely organizational needs and offer practical application to further develop organizations to be high-performing and centered in JEDI values and principles. Sign up for one or all three workshops! Thank you to the United Way of Bucks County for their generous sponsorship of this training series!

 

Upcoming Trainings

Trainer: Quaiser Abdullah, PhD<

This workshop will take the concept of Inclusion, which centers on creating space for everyone’s voices, and look at specific ways in which organizational members can develop better listening and questioning skills to deepen understanding across differences.

Many of us listen and ask questions – we do this every day. However, many of us are often told that we are not listening or that we are not asking the right questions. This workshop will engage you in a process of resilient listening and reflective listening, which are key components in developing curious questions. You will leave with a deeper understanding and engagement around these two key skills that foster greater collaboration in organizations.

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November 8, 2022, 10am-12pm, Zoom. Register Here
Sign-up for a B-JEDI accountability partner at registration!

Trainer: Quaiser Abdullah, PhD

Conflict is often seen as something negative in our professional and personal relationships. Although conflict comes at a cost in many instances, the cost can be reduced if we create more positive conflict cultures in which conflict is productive instead of destructive.

This workshop will challenge you to think of conflict as something that can be managed productively and even embraced, so that organizations can grow into high-performing systems. We will look at different tools to help us understand our orientation around conflict and the role it plays in developing high-performing teams.

Highly suggested and optional: We encourage you to complete the Thomas-Kilmann assessment in advance of this workshop. The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) is a world-wide leader in conflict resolution assessment, providing feedback on five conflict modes. The 30-question assessment can be completed in approximately 15 minutes, with a personalized report immediately available. The cost per participant is $25.00 if completed by February 1 as we can purchase assessments at a discounted rate. Your assessment will be emailed to you on February 7 for your completion before the workshop.

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February 14, 2023, 10am-12pm, Zoom. Register Here

Trainer: Quaiser Abdullah, PhD

We are often told that feedback is important for growth. Very often, there is anxiety around giving feedback and resistance to receiving it. This workshop will allow you to examine the ways in which you prefer to give and receive feedback. It will also help us examine the organizations in which we function and learn how best to incorporate feedback systems that create opportunities for individual and organizational growth and belonging.

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April 11, 2023, 10am-12pm, Zoom. Register Here