COMMUNITY BUILDING MILWAUKEE (CBM) INITIATIVE
In the spring of 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) enlisted Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. (WCS) to lead the Community Building Milwaukee (CBM) initiative. The CBM initiative aims to incorporate a powerful change process called Community Building into social service, criminal justice and faith-based community programs through Community Building Workshops.
Community Building is an intense interpersonal group process and experience that promotes social and emotional learning and improves or builds on the core competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship building, and responsible decision-making skills in participants.
HOW DOES CBM WORK?
CBM is working in partnership with the Community Building Institute to train a network of Milwaukee based facilitators so that Community Building Workshops are available for clients, community leaders, employees, and anyone else from the community that would like to participate. Community Building Workshops last 2-3 days, and typically involve 10-35 participants and two facilitators. The highly experiential workshop creates an experience of unusual safety, allowing participants to address unproductive attitudes and behaviors, and heal unresolved trauma and grief that may be driving current dysfunctional circumstances.
CBM MISSION, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
To encourage people and groups to connect and heal in true community, so that they and the communities
they share can thrive and be at peace.
The overall goal of the Community Building Milwaukee (CBM) initiative is to incorporate a powerful change process called Community Building into social service, criminal justice and faith-based community programs across Milwaukee.
CBM does not replace existing programs, rather, Community Building enhances the outcomes and impacts of a broad range of existing programs and services.
The long-term goal of the CBM initiative is to dramatically reduce crime, violence and even poverty – and put our community on a better path for the future.
Enroll, train and certify 30-40 Milwaukee facilitators to conduct Community Building Workshops
Incorporate Community Building Workshops into a minimum of 30-40 social service,criminal justice and/or faith-based programs of participating agencies
Support and maintain an ongoing network of Community Building Workshop facilitators to serve the Milwaukee community
Continuing Education (CE) credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES).
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES!
COMMUNITY BUILDING WORKSHOP SURVEY REPORT
The report details the strong impact of the Community Building Workshop experience on both youth and adults. This is why many people refer to the experience as "transformative."
CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT.
COMMUNITY BUILDING AND HEALING TRAUMA
Read this article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about Healing Trauma in Milwaukee. It is written by James “Dimitri” Topitzes, a WCS Board Member, associate professor of social work at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and co-founder and clinical director at the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CBM
If you or your organization are interested in participating, please contact Jim Bartos at
414-290-0472 or by EMAIL.