From Stigma to Freedom:
Establishing a Mental Health Program in Faith-based Community Organizations
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.
8 sessions over 4 Weeks (M/W)
Course Learning Outcomes
“As an adult, Rev. King experienced bouts of severe depression. The stigma against individuals with mental illness, which we still battle today, was even more profound in the 1960s. Concerned that people opposed to the civil rights movement would use it as a way to try to discredit him, his incidents with depression remained a closely held secret during his lifetime.”
From The Times Herald
Understand Mental Health Dilemmas
Understand how mental health and spiritual dilemmas present and how they intersect with and are continued by socio-cultural constructs.
Employ Best Practices
Learn, practice, and develop best practices for leaders to build organizations that address the intersection of faith and mental health and ways to better collaborate to foster inclusion in their organizations and communities.
Grow in systemic awareness for strategic planning and decision-making for faith communities.
Building Community: breaking down understandings and barriers to step up and step in
- Seminar Overview
- Shared Agreements/Ground Rules
- Introductions of Teachers and Classes
- Review of the learnings and research findings from the Kaiser Grant about Bay Area faith organizations and mental health
Understanding the manifestation of historical harms and dramatic/traumatic events in the context of community trauma
Community Trauma, Drama and Historical Harms
- Small groups review their experience with the Mental Health System and Churches
- Small group will go through the process of identifying positive and negative influences of mental health
- Small Groups will talk about the unique issues of homophobia, perfectionism, Satanic possession, and prayer, shame/stigma)
Tradition, history, and community
- Critical points of development and understanding of mental health and African American religious tradition
- Review of Terms
- Assessment: how to take a religious history assessment in the diagnosis
Building from the genogram
- Put on your mask on first
- Small group exercises of collaboration and cooperation
Extend the research and standing on the shoulders of others; contemporary Interventions that work
- Mental Health First Aid
- Focus Groups
- Listening and research in the local community
What do you do when…?
- Scenarios from focus groups
- Resources, responses, and processes developed from scenarios
Research that leads to action
- Stigma Reduction
- Response and Resilience
Strategic Plan Development
- Put the elements of plan together
- Plot timeline of a possible plan
- Process of getting buy-in
Peter Goldblum, PhD, MPH
Professor Emeritus, Palo Alto University, CA; Founding Director of Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic at Palo Alto University; Founding Director of UCSF AIDs Health Project
Palo Alto, CA
Alvin Mclean, Jr, PhD
Associate Dean, College of Psychology; Co-Director of Clinical Training at John F. Kennedy University
Pleasant Hill, CA
Cassandra Vieten, PhD
Executive Director of the John W. Brick Foundation Scholar-in-Residence; Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at the University of California, San Diego; Senior Fellow, Institute of Noetic Sciences
San Diego, CA
Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
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