College of 21st Century Services

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College of 21st Century Services
Dean Glenda Stansbury

How do you respond to a family who says, "We don't want a traditional funeral?" You'll learn how to go beyond tradition with innovative offerings and become certified as a funeral celebrant trained to provide meaningful alternatives to clergy-led services.

 

Friday, July 17

2 - 4:30 p.m.
Registration and Check-in

4:30 - 5 p.m.
Orientation

5 - 6 p.m.
University Reception

6 p.m.
University Dinner

 

Saturday, July 18

8 - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast

8:45 - 9 a.m.
Introductions
Glenda Stansbury

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Celebrant Training
Doug Manning and Glenda Stansbury
Celebrants offer an alternative to services provided by clergy persons for those families who are not affiliated with a church or who do not wish to have a traditional religious funeral service. They design services that are completely personal, incorporating those unique stories, songs and experiences that defined the deceased.

Celebrants schedule a special "Family Time" meeting when the family can share memories, anecdotes and defining moments in the loved one's life. They will then base the essence of the service on the remembrances of the family, and family and friends will be encouraged to participate.

Celebrants develop a library of resources available for readings, music, ceremonies and personal touches. They consult with the family to help them choose elements of the service that reflect their loved one. They are bound by a Code of Ethics for complete confidentiality in all dealings with the family.

Becoming a Certified Celebrant
After completing this college, students will be certified as celebrants. The training for celebrants as established by the In-Sight Institute seeks to provide the most comprehensive and sensitive training available for people who wish to develop this as a profession or to add to their current job description. It is important that a family knows they are being served by someone who understands the process and is prepared to offer the very best funeral possible.
What Does This Service Cost Families?
The celebrant fee is usually higher than the fees charged by clergy. They can range widely across the country from $200 to more than $800, depending on type of service, location, travel and other expenses. A celebrant spends approximately 10 hours preparing for each service, as well as the expenses of training and maintaining a resource library.

What is The In-Sight Institute?
The In-Sight Institute has one mission: helping people help people. This has evolved over the years, expanding from grief care books and seminars to include celebrant training and certification. Founder Doug Manning is a best-selling author, sought-after speaker and a grief expert relied on by the media. His first book, "A Minister Speaks About Funerals," was self-published in 1978, and in 1979, he wrote his best-selling book, "Don't Take My Grief Away From Me." In 1983, Manning wrote "When Love Gets Tough: The Nursing Home Decision." With the success of that book, he made the commitment to change careers and founded In-Sight Books as his publishing and seminar company.

In-Sight Books now publishes more than 40 products by Manning and select authors. The In-Sight Institute is the training arm of the company.

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Break

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Celebrant Training (continued)

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Celebrant Training (continued)

3 - 3:30 p.m.
Break

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Celebrant Training (continued)

5 p.m.
Dinner

7 - 9 p.m.
Annual Sports Tournament
Join your ICCFAU colleagues for a friendly game of volleyball.

Sunday, July 19
8 - 9 a.m.
Breakfast

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Celebrant Training (continued)

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Break

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Celebrant Training (continued)

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Celebrant Training (continued)

3 - 3:30 p.m.
Break

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Celebrant Training (continued)

6 p.m.
Dinner

 

Monday, July 20
8 - 9 a.m.
Breakfast

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Celebrant Training (continued)

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Break

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Celebrant Training (continued)

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Celebrant Training (continued)

3 - 3:30 p.m.
Break

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Celebrant Training (continued)

6 p.m.
Dinner at the Holiday Inn

7 p.m.
Student Night
NEW THIS YEAR! Dinner on Monday night will begin at 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn. From 7 to 10 p.m., there will be a DJ, dancing and an open bar available in the Holiday Inn ballroom. Thanks to friends of the ICCFA University for their financial support of this event!

 

Tuesday, July 21

Class pictures will be taken on Tuesday

8 - 9 a.m.
Breakfast

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Essentials of Public Speaking Basics
Carol Little

  • What is a Presentation?
  • Principles of Liking

Carol Little is a Certified Master Trainer and Facilitator. In her 15+year career she has trained leaders in the computer, finance, corporate real estate, automotive, funeral, electronics and health care industries, as well as many high-level executives and individuals. She excels at helping people move beyond the roadblocks that prevent them from achieving their full potential. Dedicated and hardworking, Little is committed to her client's success. Her passionate and fun style keeps her clients coming back for more. She is also the managing trustee of an educational trust fund.

She has three years of experience providing public speaking training for InSight Certified Celebrants and brings her skills to the University for the first time to assist our newly trained Celebrants in polishing their presentation and speaking tools. 

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Break

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Essentials of Public Speaking Basics
Carol Little

  • Principles of Authenticity
  • Body Talk

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Essentials of Public Speaking Basics
Carol Little

  • Vocal Techniques
  • Group Presentations and Feedback

3 - 3:30 p.m.
Break

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Essentials of Public Speaking Basics
Carol Little

  • Practice Makes Permanent

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Graduation/Reception for Students Completing Four Years

 

Wednesday, July 22
8 - 9 a.m.
Breakfast

9 - 10 a.m.
Summary Panel/Q&A with All Professors
Best Practices with Firms Utilizing Celebrants

10 a.m.
Presentation of Certified Celebrant Certificate and Class Diploma