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Journeying Together: Faith, Spirituality, & Mental Health

May 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Did You Know?

  • 1 in 4 persons sitting in our pews has a family member struggling with mental health issues;
  • 1 in 5 of our youth experience mental health problems;
  • A majority of individuals with a mental health issue go first to a pastor, priest, rabbi, imam, minister, faith leader for help;
  • Studies show that clergy are the least effective in providing appropriate support and referral information;
  • You need an ethical framework to choose how to respond appropriately to those with mental illness.
Learn…. Share…. Pray…. Break Bread…Be Inspired to:

  • End the Silence in Our Faith Communities about Mental Health Disorders;
  • Reduce the Stigma or Discrimination of Mental Illness;
  • Leave with skills, resources, and ethical framework for being with and advocating for individuals and families affected by Mental Health issues.
Who Needs to Come: Clergy, Lay Leaders, Youth & Young Adult Ministers, Pastoral Care & Social Justice Staff & Volunteers, Church administrative staff (paid and unpaid), Congregants, Parishioners, Therapists, Social Workers, & Chaplains

Event Contact and Ticket Questions:  Chris Miller; Email: cmiller@dsj.org
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9:00 Check-in
Coffee  (Browse resource table for NAMI, QPR, and other handouts)
Welcome & Prayer
Rev. Dana Bainbridge, Founder & Director, Recovery Cafe
Role of Faith and Spirituality in Mental Health
Simran Singh, MD, Behavioral Health, El Camino Hospital
10:30 Focusing an Ethical Lens
Ethics of What to Say, What to Do
Margaret McLean, Ph.D., Associate Director and Director of Bioethics,
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University
My Lived Experience with the Faith Community and Mental Illness
Tri-alogue facilitated by Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Spirituality and Health Institute, Santa Clara University; adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
12:15 Lunch inside or outside

1: 15
I’m thinkin’ the world is better off without me—Prevention and Intervention of Suicide -Evelyn Castillo Tirumalai, MPH, Senior Mental Health Program Specialist, Santa Clara County, Behavioral Health Services
2:30  Break
“What We Found Works”
Practical & Prayerful Tools for Well-Being
Rev. Kim Engelmann, H.E.L.P., West Valley Presbyterian Church; Sr. Nancy Kehoe, Ph.D. assistant clinical professor Harvard Medical School; author, Wrestling with our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness, and Wholeness, George Papageorge LMFT, Family Wellness Ministry, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco

Sending Forth in Peace & Wholeness
Sr. Nancy Kehoe, RSC

Speakers Bio

Rev. Dana Bainbridge

Dana-Bainbridge1is Pastor of First Christian Church, San Jose and has been an ordained minister for 22 years, as well as Co-Founder and Program Director of Recovery Cafe San Jose. Dana is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and has served on the staff and Boards of many non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity. She has also worked as a project manager for a welfare-to-work program where she developed programs and community relationships to provide work experience and jobs for people stuck in the welfare system. Dana holds Masters degrees from both Notre Dame University and Vanderbilt University.

Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., ABPP

Thomas-Plante1is the Augustin Cardinal Bea, S.J. University Professor and directs the Spirituality and Health Institute at Santa Clara University. He is also an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He recently served as vice-chair of the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and is past-president of the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Division 36) of the American Psychological Association. He has authored or edited 21 books including, Graduating with Honor: Best Practices to Promote Ethics Development in College Students (2017), Do the Right Thing: Living Ethically in an Unethical World (2004), Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012 (2011), Spiritual Practices in Psychotherapy: Thirteen Tools for Enhancing Psychological Health (2009), Faith and Health: Psychological Perspective (2001), among others. He has published over 200 scholarly professional journal articles and book chapters as well.  He teaches courses in abnormal, clinical, health, and general psychology as well as ethics and maintains a private clinical practice as a licensed psychologist in Menlo Park, CA. His practice specializes in Catholic and Episcopalian clerics and laypersons.

Nancy C. Kehoe, RSCJ, Ph.D.

Nancy Kehoeis a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart. She is a part-time Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has been affiliated with the Cambridge Health Alliance since 1976. Her area of expertise is religion and spirituality in the clinical context. For thirty-three years, using a model she created, Dr. Kehoe has led groups on spiritual beliefs and values for adults with psychiatric disabilities. She currently consults with healthcare providers in mental health and geriatric settings. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences and published on the subject of religion/spirituality and mental illness. She has recently published “Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness and the Journey to Wholeness.” She has also published six You Tube videos entitled, “Conversations on Religion and Mental Illness” which can be viewed by clicking on the following link:  http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/rshm/conversations-religion-and-mental-illness

Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.

Margaret-McLean1is the Associate Director and Director of Bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. A Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and affiliate faculty in Bioengineering, she teaches courses on ethics including health care ethics and ethics and biotechnology. In 2006, she received the Brutocao Award for Curriculum Innovation. Holding a doctorate in clinical pathology from the Medical College of Wisconsin and a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary, she has a second doctoral degree in ethics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She is a member of the Bioethics Committee at O’Connor Hospital (San Jose), Seton Medical Center (Daly City), St. Louise Regional Hospital (Gilroy), Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (San Jose), the Infant & Children Bioethics Committee at Valley Medical Center, and the Santa Clara County Medical Association Bioethics Committee. Professional and research interests include the ethical dimensions of biotechnology, especially medical applications of genetic technologies, neonatology, justice in health care, disaster preparedness, medical decision making for vulnerable patient populations, and end of life decision-making. Current projects include: end of life decision-making with a focus on unrepresented patients, ethical preparedness for medical disaster, innovative approaches to undergraduate education in medical ethics, and the ethics of space exploration and astrobiology.

Simran Singh MD MBA

Simran-Singhcompleted her psychiatry residency in Adult Psychiatry from Stanford Health care in 2000. She is a pioneer in building and sustaining integrated Primary Care Psychiatry programs or organizations like Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Currently she is the director of Thought disorders program at El Camino hospital. She continues to pursue her interest in inpatient psychiatric care, emergency psychiatry and partial hospitalization programs at El Camino Hospital. She is an MBA and can relate to business aspects of stress and their impact on health. Her interest in physician well-being issues and ethics draw her to create a platform of integrating self care, spirituality and personal value systems into comprehensive models of healing in her private practice and beyond.

Evelyn Tirumalai, MPH

Evelyn-Tirumasali1is currently Sr. Mental Health Program Specialist at Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department, having served as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator since 2012. Evelyn has a Developmental Psychology degree from UC Berkeley.  She completed her Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis on Health Promotion and Education at Loma Linda University. Currently, she coordinates the work of multiple workgroups and community collaborators in the implementation of the Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan. She was recently promoted to coordinate the County’s MHSA programs.

Rev. Kim Englemann

Kim-Englemann1is Pastor of Caring Ministries at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California, since February 2001. Menlo Park Presbyterian is a dynamic church with nearly 5,000 members. She supervises staff, oversees recovery and support groups, does individual counseling, crisis intervention, and prayer ministries as well as preaching on designated Sundays and teaching fellowship/bible study classes. Before working at Menlo Park, Kim was Associate Pastor at First Congregational Church in Redwood City, California. She grew up on the East Coast and worked in many pastoral settings there, including working as the chaplain in a psychiatric hospital and a general hospital, and serving churches in urban and rural settings. Kim was Associate Pastor of Trinitarian Congregational Church in N. Andover, Massachusetts, and The Federated Church of Ashland, Massachusetts. Kim is married to Tim Engelmann who is a clinical psychologist in private practice in California. They have three children. The Engelmanns live in the Bay Area in CA and enjoy the beach, kayaking, camping, water skiing, snow skiing and just about anything else that has to do with being outside.

George Papageorge, LMFT

George-Pappageorge1is a licensed marriage & family therapist who has been working with couples, families and young people for the past 25 years. Working in areas of empathy based relationships, parenting with emotional intelligence, family systems therapy and addiction recovery. He is also a highly sought out seminar speaker in a variety of areas of family life and personal growth. George serves on the Family Wellness Ministry for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, providing Wellness Conferences for the parishes of the west coast. George offers patients and workshop participants a path toward integrating sensible psychological insights within a solid Orthodox foundation.
Faith, Spirituality, & Mental Health Conference; May 10; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. $25 including lunch. Locatelli Student Actvity Center, Santa Clara University. Registration closes May 1. No walk-ins. 1 in 4 members of our parish are afffected by mental illness. People often first seek support from faith leaders. Sadly, folks experience rejection and are given incorrect information–soemtimes with tragic consequences. DSJ’s Mental Health Ministry Network partnering with Santa Clara University, NAMI, and Catholic Charities offers prayerful & practical day-long conference on accompanying those with mental illness and their families. Learn QPR–Question, Persuade & Refer: Three simple steps anyone can take to save alife from suicide. By being trained in QPR, you will recognize the warning signs of a suicide and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. If you minster to youth, adults, or elders, you need this training. Conference speakers include Simian Singh, MD, Sr. Nancy Kehoe, rscj, Harvard University; Thomas Plante, PhD, Spirituality and Health, SCU, Margaret McLean, PhD, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, SCU, Fr. George Aranha. Diocese of San Jose, Rev. Kim Engelmann, HELP; Rev. Dana Bainbridge, Recovery Cafe, George Papageorge, LMFT; Greek Orthodox Metropolitan, and Evelyn Tirumalai, MPH, Behavorial Health, Santa Clara County.
Make time NOW to register. Registration closes Monday May 1; no walk-ins. Take time for your professional and personal development to learn how to be present and effective to the 1 in 4 people in our churches affected by mental illness. Learn how to reach out to the 1 in 5 teens who struggle with mental illness. Practice skills in suicde intervention and prevention. Learn how to reduce the stigma of mental illness, end the silence and accompany those affected by mental illness with prayer and support. Sign up today, Registration closes Monday May 1
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May 10, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, 95053
Santa Clara , CA
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