Mental Illness, Spirituality and Faith

Mental Illness, Spirituality and Faith


Wednesday, February 3, 1:30 PM CST (lasts approximately 1 hour)

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Program Description:

Research indicates that spiritual resources and a person’s faith are important factors in their healing from mental illness and substance abuse or dependency. Yet clergy and clinicians receive little training in the area of spirituality and mental illness. This presentation describes four basic spiritual issues which individuals raise with caregivers in the course of treatment and recovery. The presenter provides a framework on spirituality which fosters dialogue between clinicians, consumers and clergy. Participants will be introduced to resources developed by Pathways to Promise, a national, multi-faith organization which educates faith groups on mental illness, and promotes models of collaboration and inclusion. Pathways’ Mental Health Training Cooperative pilot project, bringing together faith groups and community mental health providers, will be highlighted.

Program Presenter:

Craig Rennebohm, is a chaplain who has worked for the last 23 years on the streets of Seattle, WA with individuals who are homeless and struggling with serious mental illness, trauma and addictions. He has provided spiritual care on the inpatient mental health units of the county hospital, consulted with community mental health center staff and trained congregations, clergy and treatment providers in the practices of companionship, a way of relational outreach, engagement and support for healing and recovery. Craig has presented nationally and internationally, including doing trainings in Jamaica and Bosnia, and is the author of Souls in the Hands of a Tender God: stories of the search for home and healing on the streets.

Continuing Professional Education:

We offer the following accreditation which is available during the Web Conference, via a link below the video window: The University of Missouri-Columbia Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. The Missouri Institute of Mental Health will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEU) for this activity.MIMH credit will fulfill Clinical Social Work and Psychologist licensure requirements in the State of Missouri. Attendees with licensure from other states are responsible for seeking appropriate continuing education credit, from their respective boards for completing this program.

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