Mental Illness through the Eyes of Faith

March 26, 2010

April 30 Free Workshop Designed for Congregational Staff, Leadership

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"Viewing Mental Illness through the Eyes of Faith" will be the topic of a free luncheon workshop, noon to 2 p.m., April 30, at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Ave. in Waco.

The workshop, one of a series offered by Baylor School of Social Work's Center for Family and Community Ministries (CFCM), provides professional development for church staff, leadership, deacon bodies and congregation members.

The presenter is Matthew Stanford, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University and author of Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness (Paternoster, 2008).

"We will be talking about the biological and spiritual aspects of mental illness including depression and anxiety disorders," said Jon Singletary, CFCM director and associate professor at the School of Social Work. "You will learn how to recognize serious mental illness, when a mental health referral is appropriate and how to make it, and the essential role of the church in the recovery and treatment process."

To make lunch reservations, contact Kimberly Schlesinger or call 254-710-3854 by April 26.

Contact: Vicki Marsh Kabat, School of Social Work, (254) 710-4417

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