NEW COURSE! Mental Health in Parish Ministry | Revive

NEW COURSE! Mental Health in Parish Ministry | Revive

When someone is struggling with their mental health, do you know how to minister to them?

Mental Health concerns exist and are prevalent in every community your parish serves. 1 in 5 adults experience mental health concerns, and 1 in 6 teens (age 12-17) reported a Major Depressive Episode in 2020.
From the elderly to the youth, families, and singles, wealthy and impoverished, people face more mental health concerns than ever. As a minister, what is your role? What should you do? What is helpful? What is harmful?

Don’t guess, and don’t avoid it! Silence is a breeding ground for shame. Sister Josephine Garrett, a licensed Catholic counselor and therapist will provide answers to these questions. Embrace your parishioners, family, self, and colleagues with love, compassion, and truth. You will walk away from this course with a plan of action to best receive God’s people in the most challenging moments of their life.

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NEW COURSE! Mental Health in Parish Ministry | Revive
  • Welcome | Chapter 1

    When someone is struggling with their mental health, do you know how to minister to them? Mental Health concerns exist and are prevalent in every community your parish serves. in 5 adults experience mental health concerns, and 1 in 6 teens (age 12-17) reported a Major Depressive Episode in 2020. ...

  • Why Should They Care? | Chapter 2

    Why do we need to talk about mental health? Sister Josephine lays the foundation of how ministering to one’s mental health is a vital aspect of ministering to the human person.

  • Post-Pandemic Mental Health Realities | Chapter 3

    Sister Josephine guides us through the statistics of mental health realities in adolescents and adults as they currently stand. This will help us see how necessary it is to pay attention to these realities.

  • Family Mental Health Trends; Common Concerns in Family Life | Chapter 4

    This chapter is a deep dive into the trends that exist in family life. This data will help us pay attention to the needs in our parish families.

  • Special Communities, Cultural Considerations (Rural, of Color, etc.) | Chapter 5

    This chapter is a special look into the statistics on mental health for special communities. These are important considerations for different communities in your parish and allow us to meet them in their places of need.

  • The Difference Between Ministry and Counseling | Chapter 6

    This chapter gives us a practical understanding of the difference between being a minister and a counselor. This will allow you to be confident in knowing what your role is, and when to make a referral to a counselor.

  • Case Study - Samantha | Chapter 7

    Sister Josephine guides us through a case study to help us practice the knowledge and boundaries we learned about in the previous chapter. In real-life scenarios in ministry, it can be more difficult to practice these boundaries or act when we are supposed to. 

  • What is the 4-Part Model? | Chapter 8

    Sister Josephine gives us an overview of the 4 part model. She will explain how vital this model is vital to integrate into every part of your parish and ministry.

  • Steps 1 Through 3 | Chapter 9

    In this chapter, Sister Josephine will walk us through steps 1-3 of the 4 part model. She will give us definitions, practical examples, and the tools to implement them in your parish or ministry.

  • Making a Mental Health Referral - Step 4 | Chapter 10

    This chapter provides a deeper look into step 4 of the 4-part model. This step is the last step you would take, but one of the hardest. Sister Josephine will guide you through it with confidence and clarity.

  • Accessing Further Indicators - Step 4.2 | Chapter 11

    Sister Josephine gives us extra tips to assess further indicators for mental health needs. These tips will prove practical and helpful when you encounter situations that can cause stress for ministers.

  • Boundaries | Chapter 12

    Sister Josephine lays out the boundaries you will need to hold as you minister to people’s mental health needs. This will protect not only you but the other as well.

  • Countertransference and Biases | Chapter 13

    This chapter dives into a word many of us have never heard, but most will experience when we minister to a person and develop a relationship with them, particularly when we have our own issues or wounds that remain unresolved.

  • What are Crises/Modeling a Proper Response to Difficult Situations | Chapter 14

    This chapter is incredibly practical and incredibly challenging. Sister gives us clarity and tools so that we know what to do and what not to do, what to say and what not to say, and what constitutes a crisis situation.

  • Tools for Responding Well | Chapter 15

    Sister Josephine provides tools to respond to crisis situations so that you can encounter them with confidence and com

  • Self-Stewardship: What Is This About | Chapter 16

    Rather than promoting “self-care”, which has been tainted by the culture, Sister Josephine promotes a new idea: Self-Stewardship. She discusses what this entails in this chapter.

  • Proactive Coping | Chapter 17

    Proactive Coping is a part of self-stewardship. It is a vital practice for you as a minister and for every person you minister to.

  • Stigma Regarding Mental Health | Chapter 18

    How can we battle the negative stigma that comes with admitting we have mental health needs? Sister gives a few very practical ways we can promote a culture of wellness - which includes the spirit, the body, and the mind.

  • Conclusion | Chapter 19

    Sister Josephine wraps up the course with a word of encouragement and a few more practical tips for your everyday lives as ministers living in today's mental health crisis.