Description: 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 presented the Open Table process as a uniquely valuable support model for disadvantaged persons and families in rural communities.
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