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This workshop, led by Glen Bloomstrom, will present compelling data and rationale for why clergy and faith leaders have potential to reinforce current federal, state, and community strategies for suicide prevention. Keys to fostering involvement include helping faith leaders to view their traditional roles broadly, creating and offering training focused on the needs and culture of faith leaders and ways to build positive collaboration between suicide preventionists and ministry providers. The session provide basic awareness and helpful tools, introduce comprehensive suicide prevention training, and information on how to access this training locally.
Content Warning: Suicide is a sensitive topic for some and participants may have reactions based on their experiences. This training will follow media guidelines for discussing suicide safely. The presenter will also be available following the training for any one-on-one conversations if requested.
EVENT DATE & DETAILS
This workshop will be offered twice to offer the most scheduling flexibility for attendees. Attendees do not need to attend both sessions.
Workshop(s) are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Glen Bloomstrom is the Director of Faith Community Engagement atLivingWorks Education where he partners with clergy, faith leaders, seminaries, denominations, faith communities, the Department of Defense, and veterans’ groups to prevent suicide through education and intervention training. Glen also has served as an Adjunct Professor for Pastoral Counseling at Bethlehem Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he specialized in pastoral counseling and marriage education.
Currently, as the Director of Faith Community Engagement, Glen’s passion is strengthening ministry competencies through LivingWorks programs in denominations, spiritual care networks, among chaplains, in parishes, and in diverse community settings through faith leaders. Under his leadership, LivingWorks recently fielded an online suicide prevention-training program for clergy and ministry leaders entitled LivingWorks Faith.
Glen’s civilian education includes: Bachelor of Arts from Bethel College, Master of Divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary, Master of Science from Kansas State University, Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and is a 2006 graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate Program.
In 2021, Glen became co-chair of the Minnesota Suicide Prevention Task Force Subcommittee. In 2022, he became an Elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church.