2018 National Training

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hyatt Place Raleigh West 
710 Corporate Center Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607

The Faithful Families National Training is for individuals and organizations interested in becoming Faithful Families Implementing Partners. This training is ideal for those who wish to implement the Faithful Families program in their local communities, but we will also discuss strategies for train-the-trainer programs.

During this training, you will:

  • Hear from the Faithful Families development team about the importance of faith-based health promotion.
  • Explore concrete strategies to implement environmental changes in faith communities, drawing on resources from the Faithful Families program.
  • Receive training on the Faithful Families curriculum, and develop a plan to train others in your community on the program.
  • Discuss strategies for train-the-trainer programs.
  • Develop an action plan to implement Faithful Families in your local community, and receive feedback from our development team on that plan.

The training will bring together a diverse set of faculty members and partners, from NC State University, the NC Division of Public Health, and other Faithful Families partners. We will also devote significant amount of time to hearing and learning from you.

Applicants must review and submit the National Implementing Partner Application form prior to registering for the in-person training.

Registration fee: $700 per applicant
Registration deadline: November 21, 2018
Training is limited to the first 100 applicants.

Registration includes:

  • Coffee/tea, breaks, and snacks each day.
  • Lunch every day.
  • One copy of the Faithful Families curriculum per participant.

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Wednesday, December 5   |   Thursday, December 6

8:15 a.m.

Coffee and Tea

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Participants will introduce themselves and provide a summary of their interests in faith-based health promotion and plans to implement Faithful Families in their state or community.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Understanding the Importance of Faith-Based Health Promotion

Participants will:

  • Understand the role faith communities can play in health promotion efforts.
  • Explain the theories used to develop the Faithful Families program.

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Move More Break

11:15 - Noon

Curriculum demo

Participants will participate in a mock Faithful Families lessons, led by a Faithful Families health educator.

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Curriculum Overview

Participants will understand the Faithful Families curriculum, including instructional tools and materials.

2:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Curriculum Practice, Teach Back, and Debrief

Participants will:

  • Work in small groups to practice delivering the Faithful Families curriculum and will receive feedback from training instructors.
  • Discuss their experiences of leading Faithful Families lessons and begin to develop a plan for implementing the program in their community setting.

Break from 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Faithful Families Portal Overview

Participants will discover how they can use the Faithful Families Portal to manage and track Faithful Families programming.


Thursday, December 6

8:30 a.m.

Coffee and Tea

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Message

Keynote: Dr. Janeé Avent Harris

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Supports

Participants will:

  • Understand the importance of PSE changes to the Faithful Families program
  • Explore PSE changes that can be implemented in communities of faith.

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Move More Break

10:45 - Noon

Panel Discussion: PSE Changes in Action

After this panel discussion, participants will:

  • Understand challenges and barriers to implementation of PSE changes.
  • Explore resources to overcome challenges and barriers.

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.


Participants will understand and brainstorm practical ways to implement the Faithful Families evaluation tools.

1:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Action Planning and Feedback

Participant will:

  • Develop an action plan to implement Faithful Families in their setting.
  • Receive feedback on their action plan from training faculty.
  • Develop an action plan to create a training for Faithful Families in their community (if needed).

Break from 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Final Thoughts

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Janeé Avent Harris received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling and Counselor Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate with clinical experience in a variety of settings including a college counseling center, level 1 trauma center, and a child/adolescent inpatient behavioral health center. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education program at East Carolina University. She is an active researcher, publishing and presenting on subject matters including diversity and cultural issues, examining the role of religion/spirituality in African American mental health help-seeking behaviors, counselor training and clinical supervision, and multicultural considerations in counselor education/academia. Her work is motivated by her passion to see people from all backgrounds and life experiences have access to quality and culturally sensitive mental health services.

Additional presenters info coming soon.

Hyatt Place Raleigh West

15 state-rate rooms at the Hyatt have been reserved for training attendees. It is first come, first serve. The Group Code needed to book rooms will be sent with your confirmation email after completion of registration. Click here to visit the hotel's website.

Additional Lodging

For other places to stay during the training, please click here for a list of alternative lodging options in the Raleigh area.

Registration fees are due December 1, 2018.

We can only accept checks. Please make checks out to Faithful Families/NC State University, and mail them to the following address:

Faithful Families 
NC State University
Campus Box 7606
Raleigh, NC 27695-7606

If you need an invoice or have questions related to payment and billing, please contact:

Kim Eshleman
(919) 414-0244