NCPD Webinar: October 10, 2007
with Mental Illness in your Parish
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This interactive Web seminar is created to support pastoral ministry with people with mental illness and their families. It is meant to inform and empower those who are not psychiatric professionals.
The target audience is Roman Catholic priests; deacons; seminarians; diocesan and parish pastoral, school, youth ministry and religious education personnel; ecumenical partners. People in each of these ministries find themselves needing to reach out with care and assistance to those who experience mental illness and their families at some time in the course of their work. These groups want to be as welcoming and loving as Christ, but are often unsure of how to proceed on their own. The good news is that friends, family and ministry personnel can be key to the recovery and life of a person who has mental illness. What these informal support persons bring to the individual and his or her family can be invaluable to them, as critical as the support of mental health professionals.
Dorothy Coughlin, director of the Office for People with Disabilities of the Archdiocese of Portland, OR, will be moderator of the Webinar. Our presenters are Sr. Sharon Collver, SNJM, and Dr. Thomas P. Welch. Sr. Sharon, a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S. Ontario Province, is a member of the Interfaith Council on Mental Health based in Portland, Oregon. Certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, her ministry is with patients at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem and Portland. Thomas P. Welch, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Portland, Oregon and the chair of the Interfaith Council on Mental Health. He is currently completing a master of arts degree in pastoral ministry at the Northwest Center for Catholic Graduate Theology. Both Dr. Welch and Ms. Coughlin serve on the NCPD Council on Mental Illness.
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