Essential Skills for Youth Workers

August 1-3, 2019 (registration closes Friday, July 26)

California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California

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Rozella  2019 Coach - Rozella White

Rozella Haydée White is the #LoveBigCoach, one who believes that love and Revolutionary Relationships can heal the world and bring us back to ourselves and to each other. She is the owner of RHW Consulting, which provides life and leadership coaching, retreats, inspirational speaking, and writing that accompanies people as they create and live their most meaningful lives. Rozella actively works to restore hearts to wholeness so that all cannot simply survive, but thrive. As a writer, teacher, speaker, and public theologian, Rozella boldly engages issues of faith, justice, self-care, mental illness, and the radical and transformative love of God as embodied in the person of Jesus. Her first solo book, Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World, published by Fortress Press, is available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Indie Bound and will be released on May 7, 2019.

Cost: $250 (includes program, meals and housing)
Commuter fee: $200 (includes program and meals)
There is a $50 non-refundable deposit included in your registration fee.  If you need to cancel before July 15, $200 will be returned to you. After July 15, your $250 registration fee is non-refundable.

Volunteer? Full time? Part Time?  Paid?  We've got a personal and professional development program for you or your youth workers!

  • Connect more deeply to your own context or ministry setting
  • Go home with resources and plans
  • Find space for renewal and rest
  • Build relationships and a network

The format of the event will include three rounds of:

  • TED-style talks on aspects of work with children, youth and families
    • Round table discussions with the speakers
    • Small groups of participants to "translate" content from speakers to your context
  • Workshop space to draft and collect resources to use in your context
  • Large group coaching to develop action plans


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Register by credit card.

Register by check:  Send registration form and check made payable to Cal Lutheran and mail to: California Lutheran University, Congregational Relations, 60 W. Olsen Road, #2125, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Sample schedule (if viewing on your phone)
 Thursday  Friday  Saturday
   7-8:15 a.m. breakfast/Ullman Dining Commons 7:30 -9 a.m. Breakfast 
   8;30 Worship - Samuelson Chapel 8:30 a.m.. worship - Samuelson Chapel
   9 am-12pm. Session 2 - speakers roundtable, application

 9-11 a.m. Insights to Actions Steps, Wrap-Up,

 2-4 p.m. Registration  12-1:30 p.m. Lunch   11:30 a.m. Dismissal

 4 p.m. Welcome

4:15-5:15 p.m. Group Coaching session with Rozella White

1:30- 5 p.m. Freetime  
 5:15 -6:30 p.m. Dinner/Ullman Dining Commons    

 7-10 p.m. Session 1

speakers roundtable, application

5:15 p.m. Session 3

speakers roundtable, application

Focusing the goals.  Applying the learning.  Mapping the resources.

 10:15 worship - Samuelson Chapel  6:30 p.m. worship - Samuelson Chapel  
  7:15 p.m.  Dinner off campus  



Guests will be housed in residence halls.  Most halls have private  bedrooms with shared bath.  Linens (sheet, pillow, light weight blanket, towel and wash cloth) are included. *Please note these are empty dorm rooms which basically include just a bed.


Most meals will be in Ullman Dining Commons where there are a variety of options. Some will be catered buffets.


Airport: What airport should I fly into? How will I get from the airport to the Cal Lutheran campus? Flying into LAX is often cheaper, but Burbank Airport is way smaller and closer to us…sometimes worth it if the cost isn’t that different. There are shuttles (Prime Time, SuperShuttle, Roadrunner) you can take from the airport to campus. Uber and Lyft pick up from both airports and that costs about $60 one way from both airports. There is a train station at Burbank Airport that you could catch a ride from (Amtrak) and then take Uber from there which is only about 15 minutes from campus so it would be less money.

Do I need a car? You can rent a car, but you don’t really need a car for the time you are here unless you are hoping to do touristy stuff. Often people share vehicles and get around just fine. 

For more information contact the Office of Congregational Relations at or 805-493-3936.


Edlyn Pena - Associate Professor of Education Leadership, Director of the Autism and Communication Center

Jodie Kocur - Associate Professor of Psychology

Chris Baldwin - Department of Media Services

Elizabeth Turner - Staff Psychologist

Shannon Savage-Howie - Addiction

Drew Stever - ELCA vicar, St Paul, Santa Monica

*Will be updated as we receive more information.  Stay tuned for what our excellent speakers will bring for you!