April Lay Caregiver’s Workshop

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Resources for  Caregivers

Church leaders and Stephen Ministers can be highly effective in supporting those with mental illness.  In fact, when faced with mental illness and substance abuse problems, many people consult first with their religious community (pastors, church leaders, Stephen Ministers, and other congregation members).  This initial discussion about the problem(s) they face prepares them for their journey of healing.  How can we best help those suffering from mental illness to begin their healing journey on the right path and to ensure that they have the support they need?


This workshop is one step in equipping yourself, as a Lay Caregiver, to be an effective support on the road to mental health and wellness.  SCC staff members Dr. Vanessa Brown and Freda Lerman will present case examples and practical information to aid Stephen Ministers in obtaining a better understanding of mental illness.  Furthermore, this workshop will assist participants in building skills that help to facilitate the relationship between church leaders (including Stephen ministers) and community mental health supporters.


Date:  Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Time:  2:30—4:30 p.m.

Location:  Nardin Park UMC

29887 West 11 Mile Rd.

Farmington Hills, MI 48336


Cost:  $15.00 per person, if your church does not hold a subscription

You must register by Thursday, April 25th   

                  if you wish to attend.


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Spiritually Integrated Care


Our clinical staff  here at Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan has been focused on providing spiritually integrated care.  We began by sharing our individual spiritual journeys with each other.  Since we are an interfaith counseling center this was a rich experience because we come from different faith and spiritual traditions.  We also read and discussed Dr. Ken Pargament’s seminal book, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy.  In his work Dr. Pargament offers a way to understand, assess and address the spiritual concerns people bring to therapy and counseling.  Issues like forgiveness, about discovering or re-discovering life’s meaning, being part of a vital religious community are often brought up by people who are intentionally addressing their life concerns.

Currently our clinical staff at monthly gatherings are taking turns presenting how spirituality informs the way each one of us practices our craft of psychotherapy.  Regardless of our clinical orientation, e.g. cognitive-behavioral, family systems, etc. we are working at being able to articulate how spirituality informs the work we do.  I trust our focus on integrating spirituality with psychology and therapy will continue at our Center.   It is part of our mission of “providing professional therapeutic counseling and educational services to all God’s people seeking wholeness through emotional and spiritual growth.”

Robert Martin

Executive Director

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