2012 YPM Annual Conference Highlights

October 16, 2012

The 2012 YPM annual conference was held Oct 12-13 in Lewisburg , PA. The theme of the conference was: “Building Relationships for Spiritual Healing and Positive Change.”

The Friday evening speaker was Rev. Walter Everett whose son was murdered in 1987 at the age of 24.  For a year Walter went down the road of rage and depression until a series of events led Walter to choose a less traveled path that led to forgiveness.  For more on their stories see http://dailyitem.com/0100_news/x691305798/Victim-s-father-backs-restorative-justice Rev. Everett, along with his son’s murder, will be speaking at Bucknell University Nov 15, 2012. https://www.bucknell.edu/x78475.xml

Luis Rosa, a State Parole Manager and “Motivational Interviewing” trainer provided full training to 40 plus volunteers in a six-hour intensive, much sought after training. This “evidence based” approach being utilized by parole officers in the Commonwealth of PA and across the nation, is a great tool in building relationships for spiritual healing and change. Everyone involved with one-on-one mentoring will find this especially helpful and it will also prove helpful in group settings as well. Among the resources listed by Rosa were: materials by William Miller and Stephen Rollnick and a guide entitled Motivating Offenders to Change – US Department of Justice.

Other conference speakers included: Marsha Banks, founder of Amiracle4sure; Barry Nazar, Assoc Professor, Temple University; Daniel MacIntyre, Executive Assistant to Chairman of PA State Probation and Parole Board; Gerry Goerlitz, Kairos Prison Ministry International Council. Randall Schieck of Advanced Fellowship Ministries provided special music including a song he wrote, Will You Help Me, that he dedicated to Yokefellowship Prison Ministry, recognizing the  significant role YPM has played in his life.

See conference brochure for bios and more details. YPM SW Region 2012 Conference Flyer