Mental Health Conference Elective Seminars


  1. Helping Others Lacking Insight or Awareness…Though Your Help May Be Unwanted • Philip Enomoto
    Serious mental health problems affect 1 out of 4 persons in any given population, and some may be affected by a marked symptom called, “anosognosia” from the Greek meaning “to not know a disease.” This symptom leads to anger, frustration, relational crises and a sure testing of one’s faith. This elective tells of an ongoing journey of having a beloved family member affected by schizophrenia and how God through Christ can and will “makes things new again” (Rev. 21:5).

  2. What You Believe Matters to Your Mental Health • Garrett Halweg
    Come along with psychiatrist, Garrett Halweg, MD on a rare journey to discover why “what you believe matters” to your mental health. You CAN do something about the way you feel. It starts by understanding the mind and unlocking its potential. This presentation will discuss how the mind comprehends reality and impacts the brain and emotional well-being. You’ll acquire knowledge on observing and focusing the mind to change behaviors, sensations, and desires.

  3. Complex Trauma: What Every Church Should Know • Jeannie Hughes
    “Complex Trauma” is one of many names for a cluster of symptoms that evolve from ongoing trauma often, but not always, occurring in early childhood. This workshop will review the history of what has come to be known as Complex Trauma, discuss the differences between Complex Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and provide guidelines to help with healing. The concept of Trauma Informed Care will also be covered.

  4. Bridges of Hope: Starting a Mental Health Ministry at Your Church • Kumi Macdonald
    Churches are one of the first places people seek help when struggling with mental health. This seminar will cover how to create welcoming communities of God’s love and hope as well as stronger safety nets for people with mental illness. We will discuss how mental illness impact individuals, families, and communities, the role of the church and offer simple steps for creating a loving mental health ministry.

  5. Healing Depression and Loneliness • Brian Misaka
    Depression is a common reaction to significant loss in one’s life. Grieving is the healthy alternative. When we grieve, we allow sadness and other emotions to run their course. With depression, the stream gets blocked and we shut down. Loneliness is also a common companion of depression. Many times with depression we isolate ourselves and go inward. We pull away from key relationships and eventually loneliness creeps in. Loneliness is a signal that we need to connect relationally. Please join us as we explore both loneliness and depression in this seminar.

  6. This Is Your Brain on Drugs: Understanding the Addict in All of Us • Dan Morehead
    Should addiction really be called a disease? Just what is going on inside the brains of those with addictions? What does it feel like to be addicted, and what is the difference between a bad habit and an addiction? Learn how brain science helps us better empathize with those suffering from addiction, and how to cope with the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of addiction.

  7. The Healing Power of Helping Others • Ed Morgan
    In this session we’ll learn how God built into each one of us a powerful and natural antidote to depression. We’ll learn how these simple practices have fallen into disuse while millions are spent on pharmaceuticals and psychotherapy. We’ll see how medical help is needed but much more effective when combined with an outward focus. We’ll close by practicing on ourselves!


  1. Healing Communities • Jeannie Hughes  
    Extreme Stress. Sensory Overload. Trauma. Abuse. Burnout. There is plenty in this world to push us down. The Church is uniquely qualified to raise us back up. Join us as we discuss how to recognize and pastor common mental health struggles, including difficulties of attachment and trauma. We will learn and practice relaxation and grounding exercises and review what self-care looks like in the life of a minister. Appropriate for pastors, small group leaders, and mentors of all kinds.

  2. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Carl Jones
    A traumatic event in a person’s life can change brain functioning and gives life and energy to PTSD. We will discuss the definition of PTSD, symptoms, who and how people are affected and treatment.

  3. Finding Peace in the Midst of Life’s Stresses and Messes • Jason Lehfeldt
    Would you like to more consistently tap into peace in the midst of fear, anxiety, confusion and anger? We all lose our peace of mind at times, but turning the tide and finding God’s supernatural peace is possible in any situation. Join me in this session where you’ll learn how to more effectively partner with the Holy Spirit to clearly identify and bring powerful transformation to your beliefs and conclusions that are stealing your peace of mind.

  4. Healing for the Anxious • Brian Misaka
    Do you know struggle with anxiety? Does it feel crippling at times? Please join us for this seminar about anxiety. What is it? Where does it come from? What tools can we use to decrease it? How can we use the Word of God to fight against it? Join us to learn more and to equip yourself with practical strategies to break free of anxiety’s grip.

  5. This Is Your Brain on Prayer • Dan Morehead
    Would you believe that prayer can change your brain? Would you believe that prayer can help with mental illness, or even physical ones? This review will explore the intersection between brain science and our most important spiritual discipline, the practice of prayer.

  6. How Churches Can Best Help the Homeless • Ed Morgan
    In this session we’ll see an overview of homelessness in the US (and Hawaiian Islands) — the problem and root causes — as well as examine Gospel-motivated efforts to address it. We’ll learn about the specialized skills required to effectively help today’s homeless, from compassionate care to addiction recovery, to mental health restoration and basic life skills. We’ll see some of the traditional efforts churches have made to help, the pitfalls of “toxic charity” and review some exciting new alliance-based modalities.

  7. Helping Hurting Teens • Christy Pierce
    If you are a parent, youth pastor or adult trying to help a hurting teenager, you are not alone. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 1 in 5 children suffer from a seriously debilitating mental disorder. Suicide remains the second leading cause of death among teens age 10-24 years old. Depression, anxiety, bullying and other pressures are epidemic among teens and college students. This seminar will help adults recognize depression, anxiety, eating disorders, cutting and other common problems among teens today. We will connect concerned parents and adults with practical resources that can help bring healing and hope to your hurting teenager.