The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church
Research shows 1 in 5 children and 1 in 5 adults in America will be affected by mental illness in a given year. Although millions of people are impacted by mental illness - people often feel isolated and alone, unsure of where to turn for help and hope.
On October 7-9, 2015 Saddleback Church is hosting The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church which will include pre-conference training seminars and two full days of educating, equipping, and networking. The Gathering will focus on empowering individuals living with mental health challenges, family members and friends, church leaders, as well as mental health professionals.
Together we are committed to coming alongside, supporting, learning from, and compassionately caring for those living with mental illness.
Join us for this hope-filled event.
Rick Warren - Pastor, Founder of Saddleback Church
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. He is the author of 8 books, including the bestselling Purpose Driven Life, which has sold more than 30 million copies in English. He is also the creator of The PEACE Plan, which seeks to plant churches/promote reconciliation, equip servant leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation in the United States and around the world.
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Kay Warren - Co-founder of Saddleback Church
Kay Warren is the co-founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, with her husband, Rick, and the founder of the HIV&AIDS Initiative at Saddleback. She is an international speaker, best-selling author and Bible teacher. Her latest book, Choose Joy, Because Happiness Isn’t Enough was published in 2012. After their son, Matthew, took his life in 2013, the Warrens revealed that he had a lifelong struggle with mental illness. Rick and Kay are committed to raising awareness about mental illness, reducing the stigma many experience and equipping local churches and families to effectively minister to those living with mental illness.
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Thomas R. Insel, M.D. - Director, National Institute of Mental Health
Thomas R. Insel, M.D., is Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
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Patrick J. Kennedy - Founder, Kennedy Forum
Patrick J. Kennedy, Founder of the Kennedy Forum and Co-Founder of One Mind. A pioneer in mental health policy and advocacy, Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy served Rhode Island’s First Congressional District for 16 years, championing causes essential to the well-being of all Americans. During his time on Capitol Hill, Mr. Kennedy was the author and chief sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, groundbreaking legislation that guaranteed, for the first time in history, equal access to mental health and addiction services.
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Sheila Walsh - Bestselling Author & Speaker
Sheila Walsh is a best-selling author from Scotland with over 5 million books sold. In her newest book “Loved Back To Life”, she shares how she found the courage to live free in the midst of her father’s suicide and her own clinical depression. Sheila lives in Dallas with her husband, son and three little dogs. Reach out to Sheila at braveheartsisterhood.com.
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Bishop Kevin Vann J.C.D., D.D. - Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange
Bishop Kevin Vann J.C.D., D.D. was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1981 for his home Diocese of Springfield, IL and continued his graduate studies in Canon Law at the Angelicum in Rome. He served as a pastor for 16 years. Those years informed and guided his ministry in a profound way. He was installed as the third Bishop of Fort Worth Texas in 2005 and appointed as the fourth Bishop of Orange in 2012. He holds a number of positions at the national level which compliments his background and interests in health care and education.
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Paolo del Vecchio, MSW - Director, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, is the Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). SAMHSA is the lead Federal agency designed to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. In this role, Mr. del Vecchio provides executive leadership for Federal efforts to improve the nation’s mental health service systems. This includes management of the federal/state mental health block grant program and directing a range of programs and activities that address topics such as suicide prevention, children’s mental health, homelessness, disaster mental health, HIV/AIDS, and others. A self-identified mental health consumer, trauma survivor, and person in recovery from addictions, Paolo has been involved for over 40 years in behavioral health as a consumer, family member, provider, advocate, and policy maker. He graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University, has published widely, and is a highly sought after national leader and speaker. Paolo has been a leader in many Federal efforts including the Federal Advisory Planning Board for the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health, the HHS Multiple Chronic Conditions Initiative, the HHS Living Community Initiative and numerous others.
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Tommy Hilliker, M.Div. - Pastor of Membership, Saddleback Church
Tommy Hilliker, M.Div. is the membership pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. He leads and serves with his wonderful team to care for, connect and support the members of Saddleback and the local community. He is the author of the training program Leading and Launching Life-Changing Support Groups, a curriculum designed to help churches start a support group ministry and to train their leaders. Tommy’s life has been deeply affected by mental illness; he lost his brother-in-law to suicide in 2013 after a life long struggle with mental illness. Tommy’s desire is to help equip and strengthen compassionate church leaders around the world to reach out to people who are suffering.
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Robin L. Kissell, M.D. - Director, UCLA BPD Initiative
Robin Kissell is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and a Teaching and Supervising Analyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. Dr. Kissell has spent most of her career pursuing her special interest in the study and treatment of those with personality disorders, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder. She is Director of the Borderline Personality Disorder initiative at UCLA, which provides training in Mentalization Based Therapy, an evidence-based treatment developed by Peter Fonagy, PhD and Anthony Bateman MD FRP of the Anna Freud Centre and University College in London. She in addition is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has training in Transference Focused Therapy the two other major evidence-based treatments for BPD. Apart form her private practice in Los Angeles and work at UCLA she enjoys regularly teaching on the development of personality, personality disorders and borderline personality both at UCLA and the New Center for Psychoanalysis.
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Jerry Reed, Ph.D., M.S.W. - Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Jerry Reed, Ph.D., M.S.W., is the director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez - President/CEO, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the President/CEO of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and CONELA. The NHCLC is the nation's largest Hispanic Christian organization representing millions of Evangelicals and more than 40,000 U.S. Churches while CONELA counts with over 450,000 and seeks to reconcile evangelist Billy Graham's message of salvation with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s march of prophetic activism through its "7 Directives" of Life, Family, Compassionate Evangelicalism, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of some of America's leading Evangelical organizations such as: Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, National Association of Evangelicals, Empowered21, PCCNA, Liberty Counsel and Christianity Today. Rodriguez is the author of The Lamb's Agenda (Thomas Nelson, 2013) and Path of Miracles (2009). Rodriguez earned his Master's degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University. He is an Assemblies of God Ordained Minister since the age of 23. Rodriguez also serves as Senior Pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, CA where he resides with his wife of 24 years, Eva, and their three children.
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Chief Yost Zakhary, M.A. - Former President, International Association of Chief of Police
Chief Zakhary started his law enforcement career with the City of Woodway. He started out as a dispatcher in 1979 and worked his way up the ranks as a police officer, supervisor, and investigator. He was appointed Chief in 1985. In 2001, he was appointed City Manager/Public Safety Director. Chief Zakhary is an active participant in many law enforcement related positions and offices. In October of 2009 he was elected to serve as 4th Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has served on numerous IACP committees. In October of 2013, he was sworn in as President of the IACP. Chief Zakhary is an Adjunct Professor at Baylor University and McLennan Community College. He serves as chair for the M.C.C. Law Enforcement Advisory Committee Board and the county-wide E.M.S. Committee which serves the entire county. Chief Zakhary has served as the Board President of the McLennan County E-9-1-1 Board of Managers since its inception in 1986. Chief Zakhary holds a B.A. in Management and a M.A. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is a graduate of the 160th Session F.B.I National Academy. Chief Zakhary is married to Julie and they have twin daughters, Lauren and Emily, age 20.
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Daniel Amen, M.D. - Founder and Medical Director, Amen Clinics
Daniel Amen, M.D. is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist, teacher and nine time New York Times bestselling author. He is the Founder and Medical Director of Amen Clinics and has the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling 87,000 patient scans from 93 countries.
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John Baker - Founder, Celebrate Recovery
John Baker is the pastor and founder of Celebrate Recovery, a ministry born out of the heart of Saddleback Church. Over the last twenty-three years, nearly 20,000 individuals have gone through this Christ-centered recovery program at Saddleback Church. The Celebrate Recovery program is now being used in thousands of churches nationwide. Over one million individuals have completed the program.
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Louise S. Dunn, D.Min. - Director, New Hope Crisis Counseling Center
Louise S. Dunn, D.Min. is the Director of the New Hope Crisis Counseling Center in Garden Grove, CA. Dr. Dunn has been teaching the crisis counseling training for New Hope counselors since 2003. Classes include active listening, grief counseling, suicide prevention and intervention, setting boundaries, and how to pray with people in crisis. Dr. Dunn is also the head of the Mental Health Advisory Board for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
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Alice Forrester, Ph.D - Executive Director, Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic
Alice Forrester, Ph. D., is the Executive Director of the Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic in New Haven, CT. Clifford Beers Clinic is a community based, mental health center for excellence for the treatment of children and families. She is currently on Board of Directors of the Connecticut Community Providers Association, and is Past-President of National Association for Drama Therapy (NADT) and Past Chair of the National Coalition for Creative Arts Therapy Associations (NCCATA). She has served as the Project Director of two National Child Traumatic Stress Network grants, as well as participating as Guide Team Member in the New Haven CT MOMS Project. She was appointed by the CT Governor to sit on the Sandy Hook Commission. She has a Masters degree from New York University in Drama Therapy and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding University.
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Aaron Kheriaty, M.D. - Prefessor of Psychiatry, UC Irvine
Aaron Kheriaty, M.D. is an associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He serves as chairman of the clinical ethics committee at UCI Medical Center. Dr. Kheriaty is the author of "The Catholic Guide to Depression."
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David Mandani, MSW - Founder and CEO, Saving Face Saving Grace
David Mandani is the Founder and CEO of Saving Face Saving Grace (SFSG), a new nonprofit organization with a vision to serve the worldwide church and to be the nations go-to website for free Christian mental health resources. SFSG is committed to providing practical guidance and help to individuals, families, and organizations with a focus on delivering both biblical and empirical based training. David has served for over twenty years in nonprofit and behavioral health settings. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 18, he is committed to advocating, educating and sharing the comfort and hope he has found in Jesus Christ.
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Constance Rhodes - Founder and CEO, Finding Balance, Inc.
Constance Rhodes is the founder and CEO of FINDINGbalance, the leading Christian resource for DAILY help with eating and body image issues. Based in Tennessee, her non-profit serves people around the globe with quality, biblically-sound resources, small group tools and community support programs instantly accessible through technology and the web.
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Jessica Van der Stad - Area Director, American Foundation for Suicide Director
Jessica Van der Stad is an Area Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP is the nation’s largest not-for-profit exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, advocacy and outreach initiatives. As a survivor of suicide loss, Jessica’s work focuses on bringing people together from different communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes.
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- 9:00 AMPRE-CONFERNCE MORNING TRAINING SESSIONS (Choose One)
- 9:00 AMHow to Start A Celebrate Recovery Ministry in Your Church: Including the Landing for Students (Full Day Training)
- 9:00 AMHow to Start a Mental Health Ministry in Your Church
- 9:00 AMChildren's Mental Health - Part 1
- 9:00 AMFamily and Friends affected by Mental Illness
- 12:00 PMLunch (Available for purchase)
- 1:30 PMPRE-CONFERNCE AFTERNOON TRAINING SESSIONS (Choose One)
- 1:30 PMHow to Start A Celebrate Recovery Ministry in Your Church, Including the Landing for Students (Continued Full Day Training)
- 1:30 PMLeading and Launching Life Changing Support Groups
- 1:30 PMChildren's Mental Health - Part 2
- 1:30 PMIndividuals Living with Mental Illness
- 1:30 PMSuicide Prevention
- 1:30 PMIntegrating Faith into Your Mental Health Practice
- 5:00 PMEnd of Pre-Conference Day
- 9:00 AMPlenary Session 1 | Time to Focus
- 11:00 AM Plenary Session 2 | Time to Join Together
- 12:30 PMLunch will be provided
- 1:30 PMWorkshops
- 3:30 PMPlenary Session 3 | Time for Family
- 5:00 PMDinner & Networking Opportunities (Dinner available for purchase)
- 7:00 PMWorship Service | Time to Hope
- 9:00 AMPlenary Session 4 | Time to Speak Up
- 11:00 AMWorkshops
- 12:30 PMLunch will be provided
- 1:30 PMPlenary Session 5 | Time to Lead
- 3:00 PMConference Concludes
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