Spotlight Sessions

The MHPCI hosts a monthly Spotlight Session, both in-person and online, where a Christian mental health professional provides information on a mental health-related matter and discusses how church communities can offer support.​

The cost of each Session is $25. If you are experiencing financial hardship, and are keen to attend this seminar, we have a limited number of tickets available at the reduced price of $10. Please email us at and we will be happy to provide you with a code.

Living with the Impact of Childhood Trauma

Date: Monday 17 June 2024
Time: 7 – 8:30pm
Cost: $25
Location: In person at ADM, online and recording access

What happens when, as a child, your world is not safe and the people you rely on are unable to meet your needs?

We are understanding more of the long term impacts of childhood trauma, but the relational templates that are formed have far reaching impacts in our adult lives, our church relationships and our experience of God. This seminar aims to help both survivors and ministry workers understand some of these impacts and ways to build safe and healing relationships in a church setting.

Speaker: Ruth Holt

Ruth Holt is a Clinical Psychologist and Certified Schema Therapist (Supervisor/Trainer) in both Individual and Couples. Based in Canberra, Ruth works with clients with a focus on complex presentations, recovery from abuse and conducts workshops and training for psychologists on Schema Therapy, couples therapy, ministry resilience, women’s mental health and abuse in relationships.

2024 Spotlight Sessions

Save the dates in your diary for our 2024 Spotlight Sessions:

11 March – Living with Adult ADHD Matters with Sarah Hindle

13 May – Social Media and Mental Health with Leisa Aitken

17 June – Living with the Impact of Childhood Trauma with Ruth Holt

22 July – Social Anxiety with Lauren Errington

12 August – Burnout with Valerie Ling

9 September – Suicide Prevention with Sarah Piper

21 October – Depression with Lyn Worsley

11 November – Borderline Personality Disorder with Neil Jeyasingam

"to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,"

(Eph 4:12)

Professional Development

Seminar: Suicide Prevention

Speakers: Sarah Piper & Rev. Dr Keith Condie

Date: Tuesday 27 August 2024 (1/2 day)

Save the date! More information coming soon.

Attend in person at Anglican Deaconess Ministries, or online via Zoom.

Seminar: Trauma

Speakers: Rev. Dr Keith Condie, Tim Dyer, Lynda Dunstan

Date: Tuesday 27 August 2024 (1/2 day)

Save the date! More information coming soon.

This three-day intensive forms part of a unit in the Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Care for Mental Health. Attend one, two or three days for professional development for those not enrolled in the Graduate Certificate.

9 Oct: Biblical & Theological Perspectives on Trauma – Keith Condie
10 Oct: Spiritual Abuse – Tim Dyer
11 Oct: Family & Domestic Violence – Lynda Dunstan

Attend in person at Anglican Deaconess Ministries, or online via Zoom.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding professional development, or you want request that we run a course for your organisation, contact us!