Professional development

In recent years mental health has been on everyone’s radar. We are never far removed from these challenges, whether it be the people we serve in Christ’s name, our own experience, or that of those close to us.

How do we shepherd God’s people with compassion and care without losing missional focus or being overwhelmed by complex needs?

What should we do (or not do) to be faithful workers in this context?

The Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute have developed two half-day professional development seminars, that help you to think about mental health both theologically and pastorally.

One-day workshop on 24 May
Trauma: a Christian perspective on care4

‘Binding up the brokenhearted’: Understanding trauma biblically and psychologically will help churches care for those impacted by trauma.

This day is for:

  • Pastors and those working in churches who are keen to learn about trauma
  • Mental health professionals keen to grow in their biblical understanding of trauma
  • Other believers caring for those who have experienced trauma

This seminar will help participants better understand trauma and the significant role the church can play in caring for and supporting those with lived-experience of trauma.

The day will include speaker input, the opportunity to engage with the material in small group discussion, and time for questions and answers.

This workshop will be in person but also available online via Zoom for those outside Sydney.

Seminar: Theological and Pastoral Approaches to Mental Health

This 3-hour seminar focuses on:

  • Understanding mental health
  • Towards a theological understanding of mental health
  • Pastoral responses to mental health challenges

 

We will think about mental health both theologically and pastorally to equip you to respond with confidence and effectiveness.

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

(Eph 4:12)

Seminar: Mental health and wellbeing

This 3-hour seminar focuses on:

  • Understanding mental health
  • Understanding stress and burnout
  • Looking after your own wellbeing

 

One of the most basic tools we have to serve the Lord in our ministry and work is ourselves – our bodies and minds.   If we want to serve Christ faithfully, we need to steward our bodies and minds.  This seminar will equip you to do this.

Helpful feedback from organisations

"Keith and Sarah gave an 'inservice' to our entire Credo staff team over several sessions, advancing our knowledge and pastoral care abilities in mental wellbeing and self-care. Their expertise was second to none, and the way they integrated the gospel into our thinking was particularly beneficial, giving us helpful frameworks as ministers of the word and prayer to take up our God-given mantel to see Christ formed in students on campus. Moreover, the material was also helpful and personally practical in our own lives!  What a blessing this dedicated day with Keith and Sarah has proved to be."

Paul Winch

AFES Staff Team Leader, UTS Credo.

Contact us

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