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The Open Table: How a Faith-Based Support Model Can Transform Futures in Rural Communities

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 03:00
Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series 2016

Supporting systems in rural communities to address their lack of resources and build capacity to address the behavioral health needs of children, youth and families often requires innovative approaches.  Faith communities frequently assume such a role. The Open Table, conceived in 2006, provides one significant model for a faith-based approach. The Open Table process teaches congregation members how to support children, youth and families to develop and carry out a Life Plan away from limiting, impoverished circumstances by accessing the “intellectual and social capital” available in every congregation. Open Table is currently being implemented in both rural and urban counties in 20 states. This webinar will present the Open Table process as a uniquely valuable support model for disadvantaged persons and families in rural communities. 

June 29, 2016, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern


Participants will:

  1. Learn how The Open Table can support positive life transformations for young people with mental health needs and their families;
  2. Understand the theory of change and evidence basis that underpin and reinforce The Open Table model;
  3. Explore how faith communities and formal service systems can collaborate to develop The Open Table process in diverse rural/frontier locales;
  4. Learn how to seek assistance to pursue potential development of The Open Table to enhance behavioral health service delivery within rural communities.


Jon Katov, Founder and Director, The Open Table

John VanDenBerg Ph.D., Consultant, The Open Table

Stassi Cramm, Ph.D., Presiding Bishop, Community of Christ

Frank Rider, M.S., Human Services Financing Specialist, American Institutes for Research

Rachel M. Ludwig, LCSW, Chautauqua County, New York Systems of Care


Karen B. Francis, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR) 

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