This course is for those, mental health professionals, faith leaders, and families whose lives are or have been affected by mental illness themselves or in someone else. Times have changed, we now know that the communities can not enjoy civil or human rights without addressing historical and ongoing trauma. Faith leaders are no longer denying or hiding the issue of mental health. They are looking to partner with community mental health and private practice counselors to address the needs of their community in general and individual families. This seminar will provide learners with a survey of the literature of best practices and a toolbox for engaging with the faith-based community and the Mental Health community. Learn about referrals, group-based interventions, shared vocabulary and a quicker and more effective response to immediate and community trauma.