Workshops for Churches

Talks and Workshops for Sunday School, Family Ministries, and Church Staff

PCC offers a variety of talks and workshops on topics such as parenting, marriage, mental health, and relational and emotional well-being. We present to Sunday School classes, at parent seminars, for church staff meetings, at lay leader trainings including Sunday School teachers and care teams, and other gatherings with a focus on enrichment. PCC’s core team of presenters have years of experience in mental health and speaking and include clinicians who are Licensed Psychologists and licensed therapists with experience working within the church.

You many choose from the topics below or contact PCC for a presentation tailored to your group. Duration of these talks is 1 hour, unless listed below. For more information or to schedule a workshop, email Jodi Stewart. 214.526.4525.

Mental Health and Your Congregation: Responding to Relational and Emotional Crises and Needs 
PCC provides training on the following topics:

  • Recognizing the signs of emotional, relational, and mental health struggles
  • Diagnosis 101- a summary of core mental health issues
  • Treatment 101 - a summary of the roles of different mental health professionals and their approaches to helping
  • When and how to refer
  • How to provide follow-up support
  • Addressing mental health issues we all face with the broader congregation

Brief summaries will be provided of the key symptoms of each of the following diagnoses and how they may intersect with life in congregations:

  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Eating disorders
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bipolar disorder

The program may be led in any of the following formats:

  • 15-minute presentation: When and how to refer or focused on a specific issue
  • Hour-long session: Guide to responding to mental health needs
  • 2.5-hour session: In-depth background and application for specific mental health needs and challenges and how the faith community can respond

Child and Youth Sunday School Teacher Training          Duration: varies based on needs
PCC  provides training for preschool and children’s Sunday School teachers on guiding behavior and creating a positive learning environment. Training for youth Sunday School teachers and volunteers covers understanding teens, understanding the stage of adolescence, and communication with teens.

Caring for Adolescent Mental Health Needs in the Context of Community
Workshop participants will gain understanding of adolescent mental health in the context of community. When adolescents experience mental health challenges, their support network needs to be equipped to respond. PCC will provide tools for prevention and intervention that consider teenagers' social, family, spiritual, and academic lives.


  • Participants will leave with strategies for collaborating in mental health prevention and intervention in communities.
  • Participants will be able to identify the connections between adolescent development, the brain, and mental illness in teenagers.
  • Participants will be able to identify how spirituality intersects with mental health.

Teaching Skills for Mental Health to Prevent Suicide and Encouraging Relational & Emotional Well-Being
This workshop covers risk factors and protective factors related to suicide. Participants learn new ways of understanding suicide as death from mental illness or a mental health related issue. We cover preventative measures as well as responding after a loss from suicide. 

Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Children 
This workshop will help parents understand the impact that issues such as ADHD, anger, depression, and anxiety can have on children and teens. We will share the differences between just nervousness and anxiety, a quiet temperament and depression, and having high energy and having ADHD. You will leave the talk with the latest research on social and emotional well-being, best practices for helping your child succeed at school, strategies for engaging cooperation and building strong relationships at home, and tools for helping your child develop skills for managing feelings and having confidence. 

Parenting in the Pre-teen and Early Teen Years
Just as 5th - 8th graders are evolving, our parenting must evolve too. Join us to learn the key objectives for the emotional and relational development of your child for each grade, 5th - 8th grade. PCC will share strategies for setting limits while maintaining connection to help your child develop a healthy identity and independence.   

Raising Socially and Emotionally Intelligent Children
Hear the latest research on social and emotional well-being, best practices for helping your child succeed at school, and strategies for helping your child develop skills for managing feelings and having confidence. We provide insights from both psychology and faith in approaching how we can parent effectively and grow strong families. 

Stress – How to Help Your Kids Learn to Manage Stress (and How to Manage YOUR Stress)
What stresses do kids face today? Pressure to achieve? Social stresses? What stresses do you as a parent face? PCC will share what is causing stress and anxiousness in your kids’ lives, how to gain perspective, how to help your kids be resilient, and how to be calm and collected yourself as you manage the hectic lives of your families. 

Purposeful Parenting
We will share strategies for effective discipline, communication, and relationship building that teach kids skills and principles for healthy living. We will discuss how child development impacts behavior covering key developmental transitions and stages and how to respond. By having a purpose in our parenting interactions, we can equip kids for the future and help them reach their potential. 

Navigating Adolescence
Parents of teens and kids beginning college have to find the right balance - knowing when to step in and when to step back. The challenges change in adolescence and the parenting strategies need to change too. PCC will share about the adolescent brain and strategies for maintaining a relationship with adolescents while beginning the process of preparing them to laugh from the home. 

Denial, Fear, Hope, and Peace in Families Struggling with and Recovering from Alcoholism
Learn about the impact of alcoholism on the entire family, from spouses, to children, to parents, and even friends. We will illustrate the role that denial and fear play as families deal with substance abuse and codependency. We will discuss the process of finding hope and peace in recovery. Coming to terms with alcoholism is a struggle for all in the family. Each family member, including children and teens, can develop skills for the present and the future to fight the family cycle of addiction.  

Sexual Growth and Development for Parents and Children          Duration: 2 hours
Children are grouped by grade and parents meet together                                                               

The goals of PCC’s program on physical and sexual development for children and parents are to:

  • Empower parents with principles and information on child development to equip them to be a primary source for information for their children
  • Give children the opportunity to recognize that God has created their minds, bodies, and souls in order to normalize changes in the body and emotional changes and to help them develop confidence in who they are as individuals

We do not share details about sexual activity or reproduction with the children. We set the parents up for good conversations by emphasizing a sense of self-acceptance and understanding of God’s creation of mind, body, and soul. We set the tone in a safe environment that we will experience changes and that these changes are OK and that there is no part of who we are that God does not love or that we need to have shame about.

Topics for Parent Talk

We emphasize that helping children understand the changes they are experiencing is a process. There is not one “Talk” to give. Children’s self-concept and understanding develop over time through the messages we send through our words and actions.

How to talk to kids about and how to help them gain information on:

  • Puberty
  • The brain
  • Hormones
  • Changes in the body
  • Menstruation
  • “Wet dreams” and masturbation
  • The reproductive process

We will share what to expect at each age and stage and how to follow the child’s lead in conversation while creating a safe place for questions and discussion. 

5 Discipline Mistakes Parents Make
What’s your plan for discipline in your home?  Learn mistakes parents often make when it comes to discipline and what to do instead. 

5 Things Never to Say to Your Kids
Learn the top parenting clichés that we all try when desperate and what to say instead.  You’ll gain skills for communicating effectively with your children. 

Respect Rules
What do you need to know to help your child be socially successful? Uncover myths about cliques, popularity, and verbal bullying and get tips for encouraging your children to give respect at home, play, and school. 

Parenting Preschoolers
The preschool years are challenging and important.  We provide tips for handling common challenges of parenting preschoolers from tantrums to trouble sharing. 

Teaching Children the Other Three R’s: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience
Practical tips for guiding behavior and helping children deal with emotions, treat others with respect, and fulfill responsibilities.