New Mental Health Training for Clergy

by | Aug 29, 2022 | Clergy Wellness, Health & Caring Ministries, Training

In times of crisis, the first place many turn to is their local church or faith community. Studies show that 25% of those seeking help for mental illness first turn to a clergy member. This is higher than the percentage of people who first go to a psychiatrist or medical doctor.* In light of this, a new curriculum on mental health first aid has been developed by ACPE, specifically for clergy in parish ministry. ACPE (the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) is already known for providing the highest quality Clinical Pastoral Education at many hospitals and clinics around the country. This new program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills around mental health that pastoral caregivers in churches and faith communities need to help others effectively, ethically, and safely. Rev. Tres Adames is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor who serves as Chair of the program and is Director of Prism Counseling in Peoria and Phoenix, Arizona. He has been helping develop this program since its inception. He has taught three course offerings so far and is currently enrolling the next cohort. The final deadline to apply and enroll is Tuesday, September 27th, but applications are being accepted now. The course is limited to 20 students for a better instructor-to-student ratio. For more information and to apply, go to arizonachristiancounseling.com/pcs

​*Health Services Research (2003): ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1360908

Find more information about clergy wellness here: https://dscumc.org/committee/clergy-wellness/

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Author: Rev. Tres Adames

Tres is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and Director of Prism Counseling in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds a Master of Divinity from Wesley Biblical Seminary and Bachelor of Arts from Asbury University. Tres is an active member of ACPE (the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) and previously served on the ACPE Psychotherapy Commission in 2020 and 2021. He is the current Chair of the new ACPE Pastoral Care Specialist program, which is a new mental health first aid training for clergy and pastoral caregivers. Tres is a member of Desert Mission United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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