Beautiful weather and surroundings made for a perfect day June 17 as nearly 300 Catholic Charities staff from all seven counties of the Diocese of Syracuse attended Staff Development Day 2015 at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. Staff from all the areas — Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Oneida/Madison, Onondaga and Oswego Counties — gathered in the Panasci Family Chapel to kick off a full day of informative workshops held throughout the campus.

The event’s theme, “Riding the Winds of Change,” began with a welcome, prayer and opening remarks by Joseph Slavik, CEO/President of Catholic Charities Diocese of Syracuse, and featured keynote speaker Bob Blenn of Inspiring Human Potential.

Blenn’s address, “Professional Agility: Adapting with Flexibility in an Ever-Changing World,” proved both fitting and well-received by staff. He was followed by a day of workshops which included safety training by William Paton of the Office of Mental Health; family cultural identities by Lenora Reid-Rose, MBA, Director of Cultural and Linguistic Competence; emotional intelligence by Jesan Sorrells of Human Services Consulting and Training; trauma informed care by William S. De Joy, LCSW-R, Clinical Director of Conifer Park Rehabilitation Center; effective partnering: families and providers by Cathy Munson, Joan Godlewski and Jean Austin; and “Reclaiming Your Mojo” by Blenn.

The day ended with a closing session led by Blenn, comments and prize drawings by Slavik, and prayer led by Syracuse Bishop Robert J. Cunningham.

The event will be held again in 2017.

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