Conference 75-Minute Workshop SU5
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshop Level: Intermediate
Stephen A. Ott, MA, BCC
Good Samaritan Nursing Home
Serious mental illness (SMI) afflicts nearly 10 million persons in the United States each year. This presentation first provides a comprehensive social history of SMI with the most current US statistics. The presentation will critically engage theologies that have been associated with mental illness and suggest a pastoral theology that affords the proper dignity to the person with SMI and mobilizes a healing ministry. Finally, specific ministerial practices for persons with SMI will be suggested.
As a result of this workshop, participants will:
- Understand the life circumstances of persons with serious mental illness.
- Critically engage theology commonly associated with mental illness and develop an appropriate theological understanding of persons with serious mental illness.
- Receive well researched recommendations for ministry to persons with serious mental illness.
Educational Materials (recommended books, articles, or websites for participants to review prior to the workshop)
– None required by the workshop presenter
Presentation Materials (items to be brought to the workshop and/or presentation materials)
– None provided by the workshop presenter
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