Strengthening Connections and Pastoral Care Workshop - Innisfail

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Cassowary Coast Uniting Church Innisfail

8 Scullen Ave

Mighell, QLD 4860


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Workshops focused on preparing local communities for the emotional, psychological and pastoral care aspects of community disaster

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  • Local Community members are equipped better-ready for the emotional-psychological-pastoral aspects of community disasters
  • People are trained ready to be volunteer Community Recovery workers
  • Capacity for Community Recovery Chaplaincy is developed (already an established service offering in NSW and Victoria)


  • Strengthening Connections (Day 1 Only) - Community Members 
  • Strengthening Connections and Pastoral Care (Day 1 and Day 2) - Pastoral Carers / Chaplains Pastors / Ministers 


Strengthening Connections (Day 1 Only) can be attended by anyone as a standalone workshop. 

To attend Pastoral Care (Day 2), you must first attend Strengthening Connections (Day One). Day Two is aimed at the Mission Team and those who provide Pastoral Care.

(Whether you attend day one only or both days, you only require one ticket type)


DAY ONE - Strengthening Connections Workshop

  • Recognise signs of emotional/psychological distress
  • Respond to the person’s immediate needs with care and support
  • Refer confidently to appropriate services

The session focuses on the support that is given to someone immediately following a disaster or critical event until more appropriate professional help is available, and/or until the person is less overwhelmed and more able to cope.   During this session, participants will learn to:

  • Reduce the initial distress
  • Foster short and long-term adaptive functioning (build resilience)
  • Minimise the risk of further harm

DAY TWO - Pastoral Care/ Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Workshop   When disasters strike, people are affected in every aspect of their lives, physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. A holistic approach is needed to take into account all aspects of a person’s experience. Issues of meaning, justice, forgiveness, hope, and worldview have spiritual elements.  These are all challenged at a time of major loss, and many people connect these things with their own faith or spirituality. Holistic care should allow for pastoral and spiritual care and comfort in this context. While other services and groups will aid in taking care of people’s physical and emotional needs, chaplaincy seeks to support people’s spirituality. Chaplaincy Training prepares people to -

  • Provide pastoral presence and support to people and communities following disasters.
  • Participate in recovery activities.
  • Provide resources, training and support to local ministry agents as they, in turn, support their communities in recovery.


At Lifeline Training, we are serious about the health and safety of our trainers and participants. Through employing the below procedures, we are committed to hosting our training in a COVID safe environment:

* Our staff and trainers are strictly directed to stay home if they are unwell/ to go home immediately if they become unwell whilst at work. It is organisational procedure that staff is tested if they have COVID symptoms and must not return to work until cleared with a negative test.

*Ensuring there is space for 1.5m between our participants and trainers. All training components and exercises are structured to ensure that no contact training takes place. This also includes the registration and sign-in process on the day.

*Ensuring that our participant numbers are capped to allow for a minimum of 4 square metres per person in the room

*Hand sanitisers available on site

*Individual pens and workbooks for all participants

*No shared food offerings

If any of the below apply to you, you must NOT attend the workshop:

* If you are unwell or have any cold, flu, or COVID symptoms

*If you've returned from a hotspot within the last 14 days

*If you have had contact with a confirmed COVID case in the last 14 days

*If you have a confirmed case of COVID

Should any of the above prevent you from attending, please contact us at your earliest opportunity to organise alternative arrangements.


As you are aware we are living in very uncertain times, these trainings were delayed from last year due to COVID. If circumstances change again and new restrictions come into place, we will inform you with as much advance notice as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

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8 Scullen Ave

Mighell, QLD 4860


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