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Working Effectively with People who have a Mental Illness Part I
March 9, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
My Quiet Cave is partnering with Mental Health Center of Denver and Elements Behavioral Health to put on free lunch & learn trainings for pastors about dealing with mental illnesses in your congregations. These seminars will be presented by Steve Fisher M. Div, MA, LPC.
Have you ever thought that if you work harder, the person you are trying to help will get better? Have you ever tried to ‘will’ someone well? Have you ever felt burnt out when trying to help others? Have you ever been confused why some people don’t seem to get better? Have you ever wondered what impact mental illness, substance abuse and trauma has on a person? Do you struggle setting healthy limits with some people that you are trying to help? If so, then this two-part training on working effectively with people who have a mental illness is for you!
Knowing how to demonstrate love, respect and help to people in a way that is ultimately helpful to them can be challenging when those people have a mental illness. This training will provide a brief summary of the common mental illnesses (thought disorders, mood disorders, addiction and personality disorders) and then zero in on how to be effective when working with individuals and families where some of these illnesses are present.
The majority of time in this training will be dedicated to explaining personality disorders and how people working in ministry settings can work effectively with people who have personality disorder traits.
Attending both of these trainings will be helpful in your understanding and skillfulness in working with this group of people.
About the presenter:
Steve has a Master’s of Divinity and a Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Denver Seminary. Steve began his career by working for 15 years in ministry—5 years in Young Life and 10 years in two churches as the Director of Student Ministries. After 15 years of ministry, Steve went back to Denver Seminary and earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Upon graduation, Steve began working at the Mental Health Center of Denver where he has worked as a case manager, a therapist, a clinical trainer, and a program manager. Steve has also worked for 10 years at a Denver Metro area hospital facilitating grief and loss support groups for recently bereaved parents. During his 15 years in the counseling field, Steve has provided clinical services to hundreds of clients and provided supervision to over a hundred therapists.