2018 Pre-Conference Workshops 

All workshops will be held on Wednesday, November 7th and include lunch.

Mental Health First Aid (9am-5pm, $50 members/$70 non-members) – Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In this workshop led by clinical educators from Ballad Health, attendees will learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. They will learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing: panic attacks, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions), overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use, reaction to a traumatic event. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice these techniques in the workshop, making it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation with a volunteer, homeowner, or staff member. The price includes a book, morning coffee/snack break, lunch, and an afternoon coffee/snack break. Although this workshop is longer than the others, we are able to keep the cost low due to a grant. The class will be held at MeadowView Marriott. 

Home Repair Field Trip (12pm-5pm, $45 members/$65 non-members) – This workshop will begin at MeadowView Marriott or Appalachia Service Project in Johnson City, Tennessee (location will be decided in the fall, depending on the location of the homes that will be visited) with a discussion over lunch about best practices related to construction specs/write-ups and project planning. After lunch, attendees will go on a field trip to visit homes repaired by ASP. Transportation will be provided. Adam Bean, ASP's Home Repair Coordinator and Safety Officer, will share about ASP's home repair methods, the materials they use, and how they facilitate volunteers in completing projects. The tour will include a new home that was constructed by ASP - Tom Kendall, Constrution Superintendent for ASP's Tri-Cities New Build, will co-lead the workshop. Attendees will have an opportunity for informal networking while traveling between homes as well. The price includes lunch and an afternoon snack. 

Great Marketing + Great Selling = More Volunteers! (12pm-5pm, $45 members/$65 non-members) - Could your organization use more volunteers? Do you need more participants for your summer program? Well, you're not alone. The good news is that your marketing and sales can have a positive return on investment (ROI) when done strategically. This workshop will review the best marketing practices from some peers in our industry, give tactical next steps for implementing marketing techniques that have proven beneficial for others, and help you think about your sales process more strategically. Engenius will lead the workshop; they have served the nonprofit sector for over a decade providing strategic marketing planning and execution. Their team also has strong experience in sales strategies, having grown the company's revenue 50% in multiple years. Based in Greenville, SC, Engenius has over three dozen nonprofit clients and has a passion for helping the social sector find success through marketing. The price includes lunch and an afternoon coffee/snack break. The class will be held at MeadowView Marriott.