Upcoming Events

Event Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 8:00am, Event Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 8:00am

Join us for the morning to hear from Brooke Marshall, LSW, MATS, Oaklawn therapist and jail coordinator to learn more about Narcan, how it works and how to administer the medication to others.

This mental health breakfast will be a little longer than usual as attendees will be able to practice administering Narcan and attendees will be provided with a Narcan kit to be used in your own setting.

Narcan is credited for saving thousands of lives during our current opiate crisis.

What is Narcan?

Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is medication used to block the effects of opioids, specifically in an overdose.


7:40 – 8 a.m.: Registration & Breakfast

8 – 9 a.m.: What is narcan, when was it developed and why is it important

9 – 10 a.m.: Training on how to use a Narcan kit and real-life practice (on an orange)

Cost: Free

CEUS: 2.0 CEUs

Questions: Kari Tarman, kari.tarman@oaklawn.org

To register for April 10 in South Bend, click here

To register for April 24 in Elkhart, click here


Event Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 8:30am

About the program
Join us for the morning as we build upon our fall seminar. This event will discuss the effects of trauma on the brain and one’s ability to function or grow in adulthood. We will begin the discussion of resilience and how the brain can recover from trauma, or rebuild connections for a healthier life. Also, we will hear from three local individuals about their work to make their churches trauma-informed and the programs they have in place to address the trauma experienced by their congregants. You do not need to have participated in the fall session to participate in this event.

8-8:30 a.m.: Registration and breakfast

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Dory Lawrence
Dory is Oaklawn’s manager of employee training and an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) trainer. By day, Dory ensures that Oaklawn staff have the training they need to work with clients and maintain credentials, but by night, she trains community members through ACE Interface. In this seminar, Dory will lead the ACE Interface training, which includes what ACEs are, their effect on children, what it may mean for them into adulthood and how we can better assist these individuals into leading happy and healthy lives.

9:45-11:15 a.m.: Nancy Michael
As we learn what ACEs are, it is also important to discuss resilience. Hear from Nancy Michael, director of Undergraduate Studies, Neuroscience and Behavior from the University of Notre Dame. Nancy will discuss the newest brain research on resilience, how the brain can “heal” from trauma and what we can do to help that healing take place.

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Panel with local church leaders
Ryan Cooper, lead pastor of Covenant Community Church
As a result of sharing personal stories of trauma and abuse, Covenant Community Church has engaged in...

Event Date: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 7:30pm

Oaklawn is pleased to present author, singer and television host Sheila Walsh at the 19th Annual Spring Spectacular! Walsh has sold more than 5 million books, including “Loved Back to Life: How I Found the Courage to Live Free,” which details her struggle with clinical depression, and “In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for this Beautiful, Broken Life,” her most recent book. She’s spoken to more than 5.5 million women across the world, including as a long-time speaker for Women of Faith. Sheila is the co-host of the television show “Life Today,” which airs internationally, and a former co-host of “The 700 Club.”

In 1992, after four years co-hosting “The 700 Club,” the popular Christian talk-show, Walsh left the show to admit herself to a psychiatric hospital to deal with not only her depressive feelings but also the death of her father at age 5. Amid a sinking feeling of despair, she prayed for miraculous healing. But it did not come exactly the way she expected. It came one day at a time as God led her through a slow and steady journey of hope and recovery.

Walsh will share life-changing insights from her life’s journey and sing at the event which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at the Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart. For more information about becoming a sponsor of Spring Spectacular, which includes a meet-and-greet with Walsh before the event, contact Matt Lentsch at matt.lentsch@oaklawn.org or call 574-283-1234, ext. 4647.

Tickets: $25

The Lerner Theatre Box Office

(574) 293-4469

Church groups of 10 or more receive a $5 per person discount when you use the code swgroup20. 



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