April 7th, 2015

The Crisis of Suicide: Understanding it, Preventing it, and Supporting Survivors

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.
Jennifer Cisney

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Webinar Presenter

 

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A., is a Professional Counselor, life coach, crisis response trainer, author and speaker. She conducts training, counseling and coaching in the field of grief, crisis and trauma through the Institute for Compassionate Care. Jennifer is an approved instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, teaching several CISM courses. Also, Jennifer provides divorce coaching, training and speaking through Emerge Victorious, a ministry for women rebuilding their lives after divorce. She is the co-author of The First 48 Hours: Spiritual Caregivers as First Responders, with her husband, Dr. Kevin Ellers. In addition, Jennifer co-authored, Emerge Victorious: A Woman's Transformational Guide after Her Divorce, with Sandra Dopf Lee.

 

Abstract

The most recent statistics tell us that someone dies by suicide in this country every 12.8 minutes. For each of those deaths, there are countless others in pain who attempt or contemplate suicide. Each death by suicide also leaves a painful legacy of grief and unanswered questions. The Church and the Christian counseling community must increase their awareness of this devastating issue and plan an attack against the tragedy and pain of suicide. This Webinar will introduce the latest information available on the problem of suicide, as well as a model for understanding the mind of the suicidal person. It will also focus on how to respond to friends and family following a suicide through crisis intervention, ministry and counseling.

Participants will:

  1. Review the most current data from the Centers for Disease Control on Suicide in the U.S., including methods and risk factors
  2. Examine methods for suicide assessment and intervention
  3. Study the grief process for suicide survivors and practical steps for supporting them through ministry and counseling
 
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May 19th, 2015

The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Richard Winter, M.D.
richard winters

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Webinar Presenter

 

Richard Winter, M.D., is the Professor of Practical Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Educated at the University of London, he is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (U.K.). Dr. Winter came from the English L.Abri to head Covenant.s counseling program in 1992. He is a qualified clinical physician with a specialty in psychiatry who served as Senior Resident in Psychiatry at Bristol General Hospital in England. As an elder, he has served in a variety of ministry and leadership roles in the Church. Dr. Winter not only teaches counseling, but models the knowledge, respect and compassion of a Christian counselor. He is the author of The Roots of Sorrow: Reflections on Depression and Hope, Choose Life: A Christian Perspective on Abortion and Embryo Experimentation, Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment, and When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression.

 

Abstract

The cultural sirens of perfectionism promise success and happiness if we can only be perfect in appearance, performance or productivity. But we know that there is often a heavy price to pay for striving to achieve such high standards. We will look at social influences and psychological research, and then explore a biblical view of perfection.

Participants will:

  1. Identify different types of perfectionism and the distinction between a healthy pursuit of excellence and unhealthy perfectionism
  2. Name some of the deeper causes and thought patterns of perfectionism and explore some helpful strategies for healing
  3. Appreciate the deep relevance of the gospel of God.s grace in helping people find the key that unlocks the prison of perfectionism and puts Jesus' command to "be perfect" in the perspective of the wider teaching of Scripture
 
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