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Lasallian Summer Webinars

Professional development is going virtual! Lasallian educators are invited to explore timely topics through a free series of professional development opportunities this summer. Dynamic speakers will address issues complicated by coronavirus, including relationships, legal considerations and trauma-informed care. Sessions are applicable for all educational ministries, from higher education to youth and family services. Preregistration is required.

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Ann Garrido, D.Min.

July 14, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Tending to the Relationships that Matter Most During COVID-19

The first half of 2020 has been a time we will never forget. COVID-19. Racial violence and protests. Political chaos. As many of us work from home in close quarters with others also trying to work, study and live in those same homes, it is easy for the discord of the wider world to find its way into our living spaces, creating tension with the very people we value most. In this time, we can turn to Saint John Baptist de La Salle—recalling that he, too, once struggled with the challenge of helping a diverse group of people live and work in close quarters with one another. Drawing on the wisdom of our founder, Ann Garrido will talk about simple ways in which we can best tend to the relationships that matter most to us during a very stressful time.

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Ann Garrido, D.Min., is a theologian, conflict mediator and author of several award-winning books, including Redeeming Administration and Redeeming Conflict. Her newest book, Let’s Talk about Truth: A Guide for Preachers, Teachers, and Other Catholic Leaders in a World of Doubt and Discord was released just in time for the pandemic. She will be speaking to us from her closet in Miami, Florida, because it is less likely that her husband will wander by shirtless in there.


Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, JD, Ph.D.

July 21, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Navigating the Legal Landscape in a Coronavirus World

Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy will bring her wit and wisdom to the Lasallian family as our ministries begin to move beyond the initial crises caused by COVID-19 and subsequent shutdowns. A recognized scholar, teacher and leader in the field of Catholic school law, Sister Mary Angela will look at some of the complex issues facing schools, teachers and staff as many schools plan for some type of physical opening for the 2020-2021 academic year. While of interest to all Lasallian educators, this session may be of particular interest to those serving in our K-12 ministries.

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Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, JD, Ph.D., is a Sister of Charity of Nazareth who has taught at all levels of Catholic education from elementary through graduate school. For the past 30 years, she has served in a number of administrative roles in Catholic higher education, as well as teaching. Sister Mary Angela is considered to be an expert on Catholic education and the law in the United States. She has been named one of the 25 most influential persons in Catholic education, and in April 2016, she received the National Catholic Educational Association’s J. Albert Koob Merit Award, which is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to Catholic education. Sister Mary Angela currently serves at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, as a senior distinguished fellow.


Roy Petitfils, MS

July 28, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Beyond PTSD: How the New Science of Trauma Will Help Us Better Understand, Reach and Influence those Entrusted to our Care

There have been no greater advances in psychotherapy in the past 10 years than those that have been made in the field of trauma. In this session, Roy Petitfils will discuss how various forms of traumatic stress, such as events, cultural trauma, chronic stress and even generational trauma, affect the mind, heart body and soul. Participants will learn to recognize previously undetected symptoms of trauma and learn the critical elements of building a traumainformed faith community. 

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July 30, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Strong in the Broken Places: Helping Students, Clients and Families Who Have and Are Experiencing Trauma Heal and Grow in Resilience

When we see our students as part of a family system, we can better understand how trauma in the family can affect each individual. Participants will learn about tools to offer parents to help them recognize trauma in themselves and in their children and empower them to develop the skillset to shape a resilient child and family.

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August 4, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
From Wounds to Wisdom: How to Carry our Own Wounds While Helping to Heal Those of Others

In addition to your own trauma, the vast majority of educators and helpers experience vicarious trauma as we become present to the pain of others. This is no small thing, and it exacts a toll on our bodies and spirits. In this session, participants will learn how to bracket and use their own wounds to offer wisdom to others. Participants will also learn to recognize the often subtle drain of vicarious trauma and spiritual and physical practices to address it in their lives and ministries.

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Roy Petitfils, MS, is a licensed counselor at Pax Renewal Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. Petitfils studied ministry and spirituality at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and holds a master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Louisiana. He has worked with youth and young adults for more than 20 years as a minister, teacher, school administrator, school counselor and now as a counselor in private practice. He specializes in counseling teens and young adults. Petitfils regularly consults with churches, publishers and organizations to help them more effectively reach and minister to youth and young adults. He is an expert at raising and understanding teenagers. Petitfils has published four books, including his most recent What Teens Want You to Know (But Don’t Tell You). Petitfils’ blue-collar roots, natural humor, contagious enthusiasm and diverse personal and professional background have made him an internationally sought after presenter and trainer. Petitfils lives with his wife Mindi of 13 years and their two sons Max and Benjamin in Youngsville, Louisiana.