Join the Academy of Faith and Leadership at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary for Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges for Congregations on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Reinartz Hall.

Many adults and parents of children and adolescents report discomfort in churches that fail to acknowledge the challenges surrounding mental health and developmental issues. Mental health conditions can affect a person’s mind, feelings, and mood, and it can affect their relationship with God and interactions with their church family. This seminar, led by Dr. Kenneth Phelps and Dr. Amy Montanez, will help ministers and lay leaders identify the diverse and unique needs of individuals, from childhood to adulthood, who live with mental health conditions. How can the church provide care and walk alongside members who struggle with mental health conditions? How can the church be a welcoming and safe place for all?

General admission is $35. General admission with 0.5 CEUs is $40. Lunch will be provided. Online registration is required. You can click the link at the end of this email to register.

Dr. Kenneth W. Phelps is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neuropsychiatry and Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Phelps also serves as the Director of the Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic. He completed a Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy from East Carolina University and a pre-doctoral internship in Behavioral Medicine at Dartmouth College’s Family Practice Residency Program. Dr. Phelps specializes in cognitive-behavioral and relational treatments for neurological and psychiatric concerns of childhood. He has been published in a number of peer reviewed journals and presents regularly on the topic of chronic illness and relational health.

Dr. Amy Montanez is a licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, coach, and spiritual director with over twenty five years. In her Columbia, SC private practice, she sees individuals, couples, families, and groups. Her areas of expertise include working with clergy from all denominations and with local seminarians, all aspects of women’s issues, leadership during hard times, forgiveness, grief work, healthy relationships, building healthy families and communities, the spiritual journey, healing, and the mind-body-spirit connection. Dr. Montanez says one of her greatest joys is seeing people grow into their wisdom and strength, living out their God-given potential. She believes this happens most completely at that juncture where one’s personal psychology and personal spirituality intersect.

General admission is $35.
General admission with 0.5 CEUs is $40.
Registration is required. Lunch is provided.

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