FREE, One-day Event for area clergy and mental health professionals. This is an Ecumenical event in which you will Explore ways to partner in caring for Veterans and persons with mental health problems.
August 1, 2019 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Journey Mental Health Center
25 Kessel Court – Madison
Building 25 Lower Level
Register online by July 25:
Light breakfast / Full Lunch / Refreshments will be provided
What It’s About
Humans are fundamentally social creatures and having a sense of belonging is one of our most basic needs. When this need goes unmet, the health consequences are numerous and can be severe. At the other end of the spectrum, persons who feel a sense of belonging in communities that have a shared mission and purpose are more likely to experience a range of better health outcomes.
Churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship have traditionally been epicenters of social, emotional, and spiritual lives for many Americans. Epidemiological findings from longitudinal research studies indicate that persons who are more actively engaged in these kinds of communities are more likely to improve and maintain healthy behaviors and mental health, increase social relationships, and have stable marriages. Yet there can be challenges to integrating into such communities. This can be especially true for persons who feel like outsiders, especially veterans transitioning to civilian life and persons with mental health issues. This difficulty is compounded when religious communities, who can sincerely intend to be welcoming, are uninformed and do not know effective ways to respond to the needs of such individuals. The current project aims to address these challenges.
The one-day training event utilizes a series of videos which feature post-9/11 veterans, clergy from diverse faith traditions, and mental health professionals as they discuss the opportunities and struggles with respect to belonging and meaningful reintegration into faith communities. Segments from these videos will be shown followed by questions for discussion by the group and moderated by event faculty.
Program attendees will participate in pre- and post-event surveys and an evaluation conducted three months after the event. The evaluation will assess effects of the material presented with respect to changes in knowledge (e.g., mental health awareness, knowledge of veterans’ issues), attitudes (e.g., mental health stigma), and behaviors (e.g., efforts to reach out to veterans and persons with mental health issues and to collaborate across disciplines). The quantitative and qualitative methods used in the evaluation will measure overall participant acceptance of and satisfaction with the program.
Our program seeks to bring clergy from all faith disciplines (e.g., Reverends, Rabbis, Imams, etc.) and all types of mental health providers (e.g., psychologists, counsellors, social workers, nurses, etc.) together to discuss expanding collaboration to help reintegrate veterans and those with mental health issues within communities of purpose and belonging.
The educational goals of the program are for attendees to be able to:
- describe current levels of collaboration between clergy and mental health providers in their work, discipline or geographic area;
- list three barriers to Veterans and persons with mental health issues to seeking mental health or spiritual care;
- describe three ways to increase partnership and collaboration thereby providing better care for those struggling with mental health issues or moral injury;
- specify ways to expand access to appropriate care services for Veterans and people with mental health issues (e.g., building avenues for referral or reducing stigma);
- suggest one way to systematically foster clergy-mental health partnerships in order to encourage replication at other locations.
Register on line by July 25: https://tinyurl.com/y6flgvt3