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3.5 “Core” Contact Hours approved through the LPCA-GA.
3.5 “Related” Hours of continuing education for LCSWs and MFTs in GA.Mental Health Goes to Church: One in 17 Americans is diagnosed with a serious mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Nearly 9 percent of Americans aged 12 and older—an estimated 22.6 million people—report using illicit drugs. Pastors have the challenging task of ministering faith and hope, while remaining in tune with the everyday issues of their congregations.
Studies have shown that mental health professionals tend to be less open to religious beliefs than the average American. Christians who could benefit from counseling or other mental health services are often wary of counseling because of fears that their faith will not be understood or concerns that counseling will open the door to anti-Christian influences in their life.
As a result, 40 percent of the people in the church will go to their pastor first when they are in a mental health or addiction crisis. This seminar, led by a team of dually-trained professional counselors and pastors is designed to assist Professional Counselors, Christian Lay-Counselors, Pastors, and Church Leaders in addressing the historical tension and contemporary issues that create social and emotional treatment barriers for people of faith.
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