Free Mental Health Webinars From LifeSupport

Our free mental health webinars bring you access to expert voices in the area of ministry for mental health and trauma.  There is no cost for LifeSupport webinars but we ask that you register so that we know how many will be joining us online.  Past webinars are listed and available for viewing approximately one day after the webinar.  Please contact us to suggest future webinar topics or guests.

Upcoming Free Mental Health Webinars

Live - June 16, 2021 - 9:00-10:15 am

Attachment and Trauma

How it impacts body, soul, and spirit

Attachment and Trauma

Melinda Cathey is a therapist who co-founded and served as executive director of The Harbor, a transitional care program in Russia. Melinda has spent nearly 30 years working with orphanages and trains and consults on trauma informed therapy and The Harbor model of residential care with those working with orphans or foster kids in any capacity.  Melinda is passionate about helping churches create safe environments, and learn to understand and respond to trauma.

Purpose:

To provide insight, understanding, and practical tips on how church communities can become safer and more compassionate environments where people can partner more effectively with the Holy Spirit to be healing agents for one another.

Topics covered in this 50 minute webinar include:

  • An understanding of the way attachment and trauma issues affect God’s plan for our lives.
  • Working definitions of attachment and trauma.
  • 6 risk factors that will cause developmental trauma.
  • The attachment cycle and development.
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (A.C.E).
  • Brain development.
  • Our personal attachment experience with God.
  • Practical ways to support one another as God supports us.

Who Would Benefit:

  • Team Leaders
  • Kids/Student ministry pastors
  • Care pastors
  • Volunteers who work with kids/students
  • H.R. managers
  • Anyone who wishes to understand the way trauma affects development, relationships, and mental health.

Included:

  • 75 minute video presentation  (1 hour presentation followed by Q&A time).
  • LIVE CHAT with Melinda Cathey during the presentation.
  • Reference resources/presentation materials – sent via email 1 week prior to the live webinar.
  • On demand replay (registrants will receive an email replay link following the live webinar).

Presenter:

Melinda Cathey, M.A. is an individual and marital therapist. Melinda lived in St. Petersburg from 1992 -2002 with her husband, Mark, and their three children. Prior to their time in Russia, Melinda received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in 1985 and practiced individual, family, and marriage counseling in a variety of settings: community health, church, private practice. While in Russia, she co-founded The Harbor with Alex Krutov in 2001 and served as its Executive Director until 2015.  The Harbor was the first transitional care program of its kind in St. Petersburg and the second in Russia. Most recently, Melinda completed TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Educator Training in 2015 under the study of the late Dr. Karyn Purvis at TCU in Dallas, TX. She now trains and consults on trauma informed therapy and The Harbor model of residential care with those working with orphans or foster kids in any capacity. Her training of TBRI principles has been enthusiastically received in Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, Bolivia, and the U.S.

Cost: FREE 

Past Free Mental Health Webinars

A recorded version of each past webinars is available at any time. A link to the webinar recording will be emailed upon registration.

Effective Support

For someone going through loss and pain

Julie Hull

Julie Hull is passionate about caring for people who are going through the pain of loss. She lets us into her story so she can  share wisdom and insights gathered through her own experience with the loss of her husband.  Julie had to find a path through unbearable pain while caring for her dying husband and their young son.

Topics covered in this 50 minute webinar include:

  • A look inside the reality of unexpected terminal illness. 
  • Biblical insights on loss.
  • Struggling to hold onto faith through suffering.
  • Practical Support Tools:
    • The stages of grief framed in terms of the pandemic.
    • What grief is and what grief isn’t.
    • The effects of grief.
  • Obstacles to support.
  • Grief rights for kids from kids.

Who Would Benefit:

  • Pastors and Church staff
  • Counselors
  • People who have/are experiencing the grief of loss
  • Anyone who is positioned to support someone in grief and pain.

Included:

  • 50 minute video presentation  (35 minute presentation followed by Q&A time).
  • LIVE CHAT with Julie Hull during the presentation.
  • On demand Replay (registrants will receive an email replay link following the live webinar)

Presenter:

Julie Hull is owner of Renewing Hope Counseling Resources in Burnsville, MN where she specializes in helping clients who are experiencing loss, grief and life transitions. Working with people to create sustainable self-care practices while walking through a new, difficult or unwanted change in life. She believes the integration of emotional, physical and spiritual health must be addressed in order to move toward healing. Julie holds a Master of Clinical Christian Counseling degree and is a Licensed Pastoral Counselor

Cost: FREE 

Depression in a Marriage

Where depression, marriage, and ministry meet

Depression in a Marriage Mental Health Webinar

Upon registration, you will immediately be taken to a recording of the webinar, and you will receive an email with a link to access the webinar on demand.

Practical and inspiring advice for pastors and counselors about ministry, mental illness, and marriage.  Counselor Jenita, and Pastor Tim Pace speak from their own experience about  depression/attempted suicide, caregiving, and the effects on marriage and ministry.  Their emotional story of healing provides tools and insights for ministry leaders, caregivers and those struggling with mental illness. (Trigger Warning – This webinar contains descriptions of attempted suicide events.  Please exercise appropriate self-care in viewing).

Topics covered include:

  • A raw and open presentation of the thinking, planning, experience, aftermath, and healing of Jenita’s suicide attempts. 
  • Possible warning signs.
  • The lies that people sometimes believe about themselves
  • Ways family mental health can affect ministry professionals
  • The importance of being KNOWN and asking for help.
  • Guidance on relating the gospel through mental health experiences.
  • Integrating Christian truths with secular therapy options
  • What effective Christian support looks like in the healing process.
  • Experiences with ineffective Christian support.
  • Descriptions of the healing process from both perspectives.

Who Would Benefit:

  • Pastors, Church staff, and Elders/Board members
  • Counselors
  • People who are navigating mental health and marriage struggles
  • Anyone who is positioned to support family or friends who are struggling with mental illness.

Included:

  • One hour video presentation  (fifty minute presentation followed by Q&A time).
  • LIVE CHAT with Tim and Jenita during the presentation.
  • On demand Replay (registrants will receive an email replay link following the live webinar)

Presenters:

Jenita Pace is a licensed professional counsellor with Three Rivers Counseling in Burnsville, MN.  Jenita has degrees in bible studies from Columbia International University, and a masters degree in school counseling from Western Carolina University.

Tim Pace serves as Pastor of Adult Ministries, Missions & Outreach at Trinity Church in Lakeville, MN.  Tim received undergraduate degree in bible & pastoral ministry, as well as a seminary degree in theological studies from Columbia International University.

Cost: FREE 

Fear Not!

Finding God’s grace in the worst of times

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Upon registration, you will immediately be taken to a recording of the webinar, and you will receive an email with a link to access the webinar on demand.

Death, divorce, job loss, natural disasters, political unrest and global pandemics are an unavoidable part of life.  Any of these events can have a significant effect on our emotional and physical health.  The resulting fear can be paralyzing.  Yet God tells us to “Fear not” more than 80 times in the bible. Learn how to look to God’s word to help overcome the fear and anxiety associated with catastrophic loss. 

Topics covered include:

  • How we heal after catastrophic loss.
  • Facing the difficult questions that come after suicide.
  • Post-traumatic stress triggers
  • Applying God’s grace to our suffering
  • How God responds to our suffering through the people in our lives
  • Redefining tragedy through forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Dealing with holidays and other reminders that bring back grief

Who Would Benefit:

  • Ministry/care leaders
  • Anyone who is living through the tragedy of loss/suicide
  • Everyone.  We will all experience loss and will need to support others who have experienced loss.

Included:

  • Forty-five minute (approx.) video presentation
  • Access to presenter during the live presentation
  • A recording of the webinar will be emailed to all participants.

Presenter –  Kim Harms, who lost her mother and son to suicide, her husband to heart failure, and her profession to disability will describe her journey to find God’s joy and eliminate fear by focusing on the eternal big picture described in the Bible.  Kim has learned that, in order to recover, we have to place our trust in God completely and although we will never be the same after a catastrophic loss, we can still find joy and peace and contentment in our quest to find and fulfill Gods plan and purpose for our lives.

Cost: FREE 

Power, Control, and Abuse

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Upon registration, you will immediately be taken to a recording of the webinar, and you will receive an email with a link to access the webinar on demand.

The purpose of this one hour mental health webinar is to inform and make people aware of when the use of power, control and abuse (whether overt or covert tactics are at play) is being used.

Topics covered include:

  • Healthy behaviors & relationships 
  • Categories of abuse defined
  • The Power and Control Wheel – behaviors and tactics used & the impact on targets and survivors
  • Spiritual abuse
  • Responding to abuse as a faith community

Who Would Benefit:

  • Those who seek to understand abuse
  • Organizational leaders who are positioned to help others break free from abuse, find hope, and seek help.
  • Everyone. We all have roles in cultures (home and family, work, church, etc.) to identify and speak up when there is abuse present, and not become part of a complicit culture who allows inappropriate power and control tactics to be used.

Included:

  • One hour (approx.) video presentation
  • LIVE CHAT with Lynda Koehler during the presentation
  • On demand Replay
  • Presentation PDF 
  • Extensive resource and reference list

Presenter – Lynda Koehler is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, speaker, lecturer, wife and mother.  Her practice, Turning Point Counseling, LLC., based in Eagan, MN, focuses on ministering to women who have experienced trauma, abuse (psychological, emotional, physical, sexual, financial, spiritual), betrayal and infidelity, sexual addiction, toxic and destructive relationships, helping those she ministers to “re-story” their life, finding healing and hope in Jesus Christ. Prior to opening her practice, Lynda was a global business executive with Fortune 100 companies, holding an M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Cost: FREE

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