Essential Skills for Youth Workers

2020 TBD (registration closes Friday, July 24)

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

Ullman Dining Commons

  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.

Dr. Peña will encourage us to think outside of the box when involving people with disabilities in church or other religious settings. She will draw examples from her advocacy work with students with autism and other disabilities.

Hazel Hazel Salazar-Davidson

Reflecting on Loss: Grief is hard work and can lead to a feeling of isolation and detachment from community. It often results in creating new ways of being together. How can we effectively support those dealing with loss so that individuals can express themselves and feel safe with one another. How can we support family's to do this at home?


Jodie Kocur - Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kocur will provide information regarding identifying possible mental health needs in children and adolescents that church workers may interact with and cover helpful ways to respond to those needs.  

Chris Baldwin - Department of Media Services/Audio/Visual Technician

Elizabeth Turner - Staff Psychologist

Trauma is being identified and talked about more than ever, but how can religious leaders provide trauma-informed care? Diverse childhood upbringings contribute to youth’s health and mental health. Learn what constitutes adverse experiences for youth, its effects, and how you can help contribute to their resiliency.

   ShannonShannon Savage-Howie - Addiction

After spending more than a decade working in congregational youth and family ministry Shannon transitioned to her work as a spiritual director in the field of substance abuse. She will share pieces from that journey as well as insight and learning she has gained along the way. 

Drew  Drew Stever - ELCA vicar, St Paul, Santa Monica

Drew's call to ministry is to be a bridge between the church world and the queer world in order to bring about much needed healing. His most recent project, Queer Church, was organized by and for queer folks, but also for all who love queer folks, and/or might be curious about queer-related issues, or are simply hungry to hear the gospel in a new way. There were drag queens, communion, and Jesus. 

He is a queer, transgender Lutheran candidate for ordination in the ELCA church. He just completed his internship at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Santa Monica as their 7th LGBTQ and first transgender pastoral intern. He is a Cancer, loves large bodies of water and is a big fan of rest.