Join us for a dialogue between psychology and theology
for mental health professionals and the faith community.
Research indicates the need for a dialogue between the disciplines of psychology and theology. People often go to ministers first when they face a challenge and many clients want to be able to include their faith and spirituality in therapy. The Center is convening psychotherapists, psychologists, ministers, church leaders, congregational care volunteers, and medical professionals to learn about the latest research and thought on the intersection of mental health and spirituality.
Please mark your calendars, plan to join us, and spread the word.
Thursday, October 4th
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church Richardson
Keynote Address by Dr. Mark McMinn
The Science of Virtue:
Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church
Dr. McMinn will guide exploration of several virtues currently being studied in positive psychology, including forgiveness, wisdom, gratitude, and humility, how Christian thought can help refine the constructs being studied in positive psychology, and ways the scientific study of virtue may be helpful in Christian faith communities.
Breakout sessions include:
Speaking into the Silence: Building Awareness and Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness in the Church
Angela Whitenhill, M.Div., LCSW, Mental Health Initiative Manager, National Benevolent Association
Explore cultural norms and stigmas that exist in our congregations about mental health challenges, offer transformative ways to address these stigmas, and discuss practical ways to engage congregational culture to be more welcoming and inclusive of persons with mental health challenges.
About Faith: Cultivating Spiritual Competence in Clinical Practice
Dr. Nathaniel Strenger, Dr. Marisol De Jesús-Pérez, Dr. Garrett Woods, Licensed Psychologists on the Center Staff
Develop an understanding of the relationships between faith, psychology, and social science as a whole. Increase awareness of potential pitfalls in work that “integrates” mental health and faith/theology. Gain insight into specific spiritual competencies and their practical approaches.
Adolescent Mental Health: Dealing with Crisis, Encouraging Well-being
Dr. Sarah Feuerbacher, LCSW-S, Director, SMU Center for Family Counseling
Understand issues and correlations associated with depression, self-harm, suicide, and school shootings.
We hope you will share this opportunity with others who are mental health professionals, ministers, chaplains, physicians, and lay leaders in churches.
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