At Risk Youth

From Stigma to Freedom:
Establishing a Mental Health Program in Faith-based Community Organizations

A Culturally Specific FaithBased Mental Health and Spirituality Approach for African Americans

This online conference is designed for Spiritual leaders, mental health professionals, and public health professionals, to provide authoritative public health information related to disease prevention, sustainable mental health support, and church engagement with people experiencing trauma, stress, and mental illness. Ample time will be allotted to share experiences and learn new strategies for connecting people while abiding by public health restrictions. Grounded in an awareness of a historical distrust among many African Americas of mental and public health services, the conference will provide a trustworthy approach. Through small group interaction, participants representing churches, public health departments, and mental health programs will discuss what is currently being done, problems that have arisen, and collaboratively find ways to move forward. Areas to be covered include: the theology of COVID-19, sustaining your congregation financially and functionally, and development of Mental Health Ministries. In addition, leaders will examine their needs for self-care and innovative applications of technology.

The dialogue will be live, interactive, and experiential.

Online via Zoom


Cost is Free

Friday, April 24, 2020; 9am-12pm

Thought Leaders

Lisa Brown

Lisa M. Brown, PhD, ABPP

Director of PhD Trauma Program; Director of Risk & Resilience Research Lab at Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

J. Goosby Smith

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

Ernie Jackson

Bishop Ernie Jackson, MBA

Bishop of Grace Tabernacle Church 

San Francisco, CA

Floyd Thompkins Jr.

Floyd Thompkins, Jr.

Justice and Peace Foundation

CE Opportunity

TWO CEs available for those certified by the APA and the CA Board of RNs. $35 fee for CEs.

CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Floyd Thompkins. For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhDTeachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

In Partnership with

About Project Trust

Project Trust is an exploratory program, funded by Kaiser Community Benefits, that aims to close the gap between spiritual communities, historically marginalized groups, and mental health providers. Kaiser Permanente of Northern California is supporting the program through a grant. For more about it, visit, here.

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