I will be speaking on:
Self-Care and Resilience for Church Leaders
Vicarious Trauma and the Resilient Leader
Leaders are inundated by needs and demands. Cultivating resilient and healthy leaders is the key to a thriving and healthy organization. Leaders are in a unique position regarding their emotional and mental health. They often feel like they have nowhere to turn and no one to speak with about their struggles. Many leaders feel they should suffer in silence. Building resilience among faith leaders involves cultivating a sense of purpose and meaning, developing healthy coping strategies, and seeking support from others. It is important to say that leaders need to know "it is okay to not be okay." Many leaders feel they should "soldier on" in the face of often overwhelming situations and persistent demands. Let us make it okay to reject the notion that resilience is the same as "pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps." It is not. This talk will place resilience in the context of grace. When it comes, it is a gift and it is our faithfulness which allows it to emerge and flourish in our lives and in the communities in which we live. We need to help leaders find pathways to wellbeing, even if it takes them out of ministry. When leaders grow through their struggles, they become more genuine and inspirational for others. Well leaders are better leaders. This is the example set by Jesus. It is also known as resilience.
Steve Millette has 30+ years experience in the behavioral health and addiction recovery field serving in clinical, administrative, academic and executive roles. His passion is to bring systemic change required to solve addiction and behavioral health problems in our society. His competencies include clinical service model development, service and system innovation, and organizational leadership. In his current role at Gloo, where he serves as the Executive Director of the behavioral health service line, he is particularly interested in developing and applying data and platform technologies to innovate and speed the advancement of needed solutions for the addiction problems in our society. He previously served as the Executive Director at The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) and Behavioral Health at the University of Colorado Hospital and at Pavillon International in North Carolina. Additionally, Steve has held leadership and clinical positions at prominent treatment facilities including the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Assumption College and his master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Nova University.