Christianity and Depression
Aaron Kheriaty, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UC Irvine
This workshop will look at depression from medical/psychiatric and spiritual perspectives. We will examine the effect depression has on an individual's spiritual life, how Christian spiritual practices can be a part of the recovery process, and how to distinguish depression from related moral or spiritual states.
Stigma or Stigmata: Helping the Church Rethink Mental Illness
Eric L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care
There are many reasons why mental illness is commonly viewed in a negative light. However, a number of teachings in the Bible present a very different way to view mental illness in churches that can help build a spirit of openness, community, and trust.
The Lay Person's Faith-Based Response to People in Crisis
Dr. Louise S. Dunn
Director of New Hope Crisis Center
How to use active listening skills to assist people in crisis when they call or walk in wanting help from lay people. A written resource will be provided.
Re-Think Mental Illness: The Role of the Church in Recovery
Matthew S. Stanford, Ph.D.
Executive Director The Grace Alliance
This workshop will present a balanced clinical and biblical perspective on mental illness. The foundational role of the church in the recovery process will be discussed along with practical steps for churches to effectively minister to those living with mental illness and their families.
The Most Important Lesson Learned from 87,000 Brain Scans
Daniel G. Amen, MD
Founder, Amen Clinics
This workshop will explore the biological nature of mental health issues and the complexity learned through obtaining the world's largest database of functional brain imaging studies on psychiatric patients.
President, Board of Directors NAMI Orange County
This workshop will address individuals with mental health challenges, family members, and mental health providers. It will provide an understanding for the lived experience of mental health from both an individual and shared perspective and will give clarity to differing understandings. The discussion will include the essential elements for building partnerships to support recovery.
Helping Helpers Manage Crisis in the Church: Building a Bridge with Professionals
Chuck Hannaford, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist; President, Health Life
This workshop will provide information that will assist "helpers" in the Church manage crisis situations more effectively. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with how to work as a team member. This workshop will be interactive-discussion and questions are encouraged.
Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis
Pastor Brad Hoefs
Founder and Executive Director of Fresh Hope
This workshop will offer encouragement, building hope and exploring mental health recovery from a wellness perspective. This will be peer focused, for those who have a mental health challenge. However, all are welcome to join us. Come and fill up your hope tank with fresh hope!
Troubled Families: Support for Loved Ones Affected by Mental Illness
Author, Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission
Behind every person with mental illness is a family changed-perhaps even devastated-by that illness. The effects of mental illness go way beyond the individual. Amy Simpson, author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission, knows firsthand what it's like to love someone with serious mental illness. She shares her own story, discusses how mental illness affects families, gives practical ideas for how churches can help, and offers tips for how families can advocate for the help they need.
El Papel de la Iglesia sobre la Salud Mental "-The Role of the Church in Mental Health"
La Dra. Herminia Shea-Martínez
La historia acerca del sufrimiento de las personas con enfermedades mentales serÃ¡ discutida. Hoy, esto nos ayuda a crecer con sabidurÃa y compasiÃ³n en como extender nuestras manos a aquellos que sufren. TambiÃ©n, el papel fundamental de la iglesia serÃ¡ analizado con intervenciones practicas para aquellos que sufren con la enfermedad mental y sus familias, al mismo tiempo reduciendo el estigma y manteniendo la dignidad de ellos.
Living with Bipolar Illness
Thomas H. Okamoto, M.D.
This workshop will cover medical information, types, symptoms, and treatments of childhood through adult Bipolar Affective Disorders. Discussion will include the impact the illness has on society, families, the church, and everyday life for those with the disorder. Available treatments and resources will be explored, including the benefits of using a multidisciplinary medical approach to care.
Food and The Body: 3 Steps to Healing Eating Disorders through Community
Founder and CEO of FINDINGbalance
This workshop will explore the core factors of eating disorders. We will examine eating disorder patterns and help you identify how your beliefs about food and weight impact others. The foundational role of a Christ-centered community in the healing process will be discussed along with ways you can become empowered and equipped to give hope and support to others in their healing journey.
Welcomed and Valued: Building Faith Communities of Hope and Support
Deacon, Archdiocese of Chicago
This workshop will provide a discussion of available resources and programs for a pastoral response to people living with mental illness and their families.
Understanding Women's Mental Health: Is There Really a Difference?
Shari Muir, MD
Nationally Board Certified Psychiatrist
This workshop will help you gain a greater understanding of mental health as it uniquely pertains to women. We will explore how mental illness affects women and men differently and will review key disorders women are facing today, including postpartum depression, breastfeeding and psychiatric medications, perimenopausal depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, PTSD, suicide, and substance abuse. This will be an interactive workshop that includes a question and answer session.
Understanding and Helping Loved Ones with BPD
Robin L. Kissell, MD
Director, Borderline Personality Disorder Initiative Semel Institute, UCLA
This workshop will provide a broad understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We will cover the symptoms, behaviors, and effects of this routinely misunderstood and misdiagnosed illness. A discussion of best-practice steps for treatment, tools, and resources for support will provide hope and help to those living with BPD and their families.
Celebrate Recovery and Dual Diagnosis
Founder and Pastor of Celebrate Recovery
Hear from Celebrate Recovery founder Pastor John Baker on how Celebrate Recovery can help those with dual diagnosis. During this workshop you will hear two testimonies of those who have found victory through Celebrate Recovery. Information will also be provided on how to start a Celebrate Recovery ministry at a local church. Celebrate Recovery is currently in its 23rd year of ministry, in 22,000 churches, over 1.5 million individuals have completed a one year step study, and it is published in 25 languages.
How to Launch a Support Group and Counseling Ministry in your Church
Pastor of Membership Saddleback Church
Over 2,000 people a month come to one of the 120 different support groups Saddleback Church offers and over 5,000 counseling hours are provided every month by volunteer trained counselors. This workshop will provide you with the basic foundational tools to develop a volunteer run counseling and support group ministry.
Suicide Prevention: Saving Lives One Community at a Time
Jessica Van der Stad
AFSP Area Director
This workshop will provide an overview of the prevalence and risk factors for depression and suicide, dispel popular myths, and highlight vital suicide prevention research and education programs. This workshop will include practical advice for those who know someone who may be contemplating suicide.
The Role of Church, Family, and Community in Advocacy for Those with Mental Illness
Gain a deeper understanding of mental health and the importance of working to provide access to all services, benefits and therapies under the special education law and community resources. Understand the importance of the church, family, and professionals who have the tools to help anyone with a mental health diagnosis. Help individuals face the challenges and leave any adversity.
Abogando por personas que tienen un diagnostico de salud mental y equipando la Iglesia , las familias, la comunidad y a los profesionales que trabajan con ellos
Aprenderan el concepto de salud mental, la importancia de la abogacia para ayudar a accesar a todos los servicios, beneficios y terapias disponibles,bajo el estado , ley de educacion especial y programas en la comunidad. Importancia de que la Iglesia , las familias y los profesionales tengan las herramientas para ayudar a personas con un diagnostico de salud mental, para salir adelante con el reto de efrentarse ante cualquier adversidad.
The Spiritual and Emotional Roots and Treatment of Addiction
Dr. John Townsend
Addiction is increasing in severity in the world and the church. The Bible and current research agree on the solution. Dr. Townsend will provide you with the principles and skills to be free of addiction, and how to help those you love who struggle with addiction.