ATLANTA, GA – (December 3, 2014)
Dr. D. Jason Hayes, Assistant Clinical Professor of Counseling at Richmont, along with master’s student and Pastor, DeVon Mills, are collaborating to create “Ministry and the Mind.” Intended to act as a parachurch ministry, Ministry and the Mind will educate and equip pastors and lay-leaders to better assist congregants struggling with mental health issues, addictions, and other life events that necessitate pastoral counseling. This also includes helping pastors know when they should consider, and how to go about, making a referral to a professional counselor.
“Today, like never before, pastors are facing complex emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs in their congregations,” said Dr. Hayes. “The goal of Ministry and the Mind is to equip pastors to know how to best meet these multifaceted issues.”
The two will offer their first training workshop, Effective Pastoral Counseling in a Defective World, on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The workshop will cover topics such as “Who Comes to Church?” which examines the prevalence of mental illness, addictions, and survivors of childhood abuse in the general population and what that looks like in a local congregation.
Similarly, Dr. Hayes’ session on the Millennial Generation will address issues unique to working with this population. Regarding the Millennial Generation, the Pew Research Foundation states, “They are more ethnically and racially diverse than older adults. They’re less religious, less likely to have served in the military, and are on track to become the most educated generation in American history.”
Other topics to be discussed during February’s workshop include an introduction to basic counseling skills, what authentic relationships look like in regard to counseling, and a question and answer session. The workshop will also be recorded and DVDs will be available for purchase shortly after.
“The composition of the church has shifted dramatically over the past few years,” said Pastor Mills. “Dr. Hayes and I feel it is imperative that the local pastor be as educated and well equipped as possible in order to address the myriad problems affecting those who attend their churches.”
The workshop will begin at 9:00a .m. and end at 2:00 p.m. Registration is $50.00 per person and includes lunch. To register, read details and download directions for the February 21 training visit: http://ministryandthemind.com.