Almost half of all Australians experience a mental illness in their lives. How can God's people best respond? Short Courses equip ministry staff and church members to care for those facing mental health challenges.
The Mental Health Masterclass provides a theological and practical framework for ministers who want to navigate mental illness and church life with wisdom.
This course enables ministry staff to effectively serve those within their congregations struggling with mental health issues while sustaining the other essential ministries of the church. A theological and practical approach that helps you to understand mental health issues, how the church can help, the limits of your role, and when and how to seek support from mental health professionals.
For all clergy and ministry team members.
Thinking theologically about mental health
People as bio/psycho/social/spiritual beings
Mental health issues as a form of human suffering
Mental health and human responsibility
Mental health and demon possession
Understanding mental health issues
Mental health as a continuum
Risk and protective factors
Classifying mental health concerns
The range of mental health concerns
Trauma and stress-related disorders
Psychotic disorders and schizophrenia
Addictions and substance abuse
Other mental health issues
Managing suicide risk and responding to mental health crises
How to respond if you suspect someone is suicidal
How to respond if you suspect that someone is self-harming
How to respond if you suspect someone is having a psychotic episode
How to respond if someone is violent/potentially violent
Understanding and engaging with the mental health system in Australia
The range of mental health professionals and access/referral
Getting help in the community
Getting help from a hospital
The role of the church
Providing supportive relationships
The role of ministry staff
Wisdom in the face of complex needs
Involving others and referral
Being trauma aware
Offering the consolation of the gospel
Love and clear boundaries, especially in relation to personality disorders
Promoting mental wellbeing
Caring for carers
Sustaining yourself in ministry
Who is this course for?
Ministry staff and pastoral care workers
Keith Condie Co-Director, Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute and
Jackie Stoneman Director of Studies, Mary Andrews College
Time and Location
Thursday, 2 May 2019
9.30am – 4pm
Anglican Deaconess Ministries
Level 1, St Andrew’s House
464-480 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
Note: Lunch will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements.