December 13, 2016

Developing and Maintaining a Thriving Lay Counseling Ministry

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Eric Scalise, Ph.D.
Dr. Fred DiBlasio
Jared Pingleton, Psy.D.
Dr. Fred DiBlasio

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Webinar Presenters

 

Eric Scalise, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, is the President of LIV Enterprises & Consulting, LLC. He is the former Vice President of Professional Development at the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), as well as the former Department Chair for Counseling Programs at Regent University. Eric is an adjunct professor and the Senior Editor for both AACC and the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation. In addition, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with more than 36 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field. Specialty areas include professional/pastoral stress and burnout, combat trauma and PTSD, marriage and family issues, leadership development, addictions and recovery, and lay counselor training. Eric is an author, conference speaker, and frequently works with organizations, clinicians, ministry leaders, and churches on a variety of issues.

Jared Pingleton, Psy.D., serves as Vice President of Professional Development at the American Association of Christian Counselors. As a clinical psychologist and credentialed minister, he is dually trained in both psychology and theology and specializes in the theoretical and clinical integration of the two disciplines. In professional practice since 1977, Dr. Pingleton has had the privilege to work with thousands of individuals and couples to offer help, hope, and healing to the hurting. He is an author, a national and international conference speaker, a consultant and was the founding director of two church-based counseling centers.

Abstract

Lay helping within the Church and among parachurch organizations is a rapidly growing and global phenomenon. The movement is due, in part, to the shortage of professionally trained clinicians, the lack of regulatory infrastructure in many countries, and the resulting need to provide mental health services to the millions of hurting and broken people, and those who fall between the cracks. This in-depth workshop will cover initial planning considerations and core guidelines for developing a lay counseling or lay helping ministry from a biblical perspective. Using two major models—informal organized and formal organized—the selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of lay counselors and helpers will be addressed, along with the role of mental health professionals and potential legal, ethical, and liability issues.

Participants will:

  1. Understand how to develop, organize, and initiate an effective lay counseling or lay helping ministry from a biblical perspective, using two major models: informal organized and formal organized
  2. liLearn how to identify and integrate a strategic plan regarding the selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of lay counselors or lay helpers, as well as address potential legal, ethical, and liability issues in the process
  3. Be able to articulate the critical partnership needed between the Church and other community resources, including the various roles that mental health professionals can play in developing lay counselors and lay counseling or lay helping ministries
 
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January 24, 2017

The Church and Mental Illness

6 - 8:00 PM ET

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D.
Ed Stetzer

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Webinar Presenter

 

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is a researcher with a background in church ministry and a passion for engagement around issues of mental health and wholeness. He is the Executive Director of LifeWay Research Division and has trained leaders on six continents, holds two masters and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Dr. Stetzer is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, a weekly curriculum used by more than half a million people each week, and is Executive Editor of Facts & Trends, a Christian leadership magazine. He is the Senior Fellow of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College and a Visiting Professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Southeastern Seminary. Dr. Stetzer serves on the Board of the National Association of Evangelicals and volunteers as Lead Pastor of Grace Church, a congregation he planted in 2011.

Abstract

This Webinar will enhance participants’ knowledge of the state of the Church’s understanding and engagement in mental health issues. The focus will be on research done on three samples. First, a quantitative phone survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors, analyzing their views of mental illness and their (and their churches’) engagement and responses to such issues. Second, a sample of those who self-identify as having a diagnosed mental illness. And third, a sample of the family members of those diagnosed with a mental illness. By analyzing the responses and looking at best practices, participants will be better informed about congregational care, perceptions of the community, and options for partnerships with local mental health professionals.

Participants will:

  1. Identify the current views of mental illness among pastors and critique and analyze those responses
  2. Identify gaps in perception between different samples and provide solutions to fill those gaps
  3. Propose church-based or church-partnered solutions for better engagement in mental health issues
 
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