Long Run 2.001Self-Care and Mental Health for Longevity inYouth Ministry

Monday, January 7, 2019 • 1:00-5:00pm • $150 per individual or married couple

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You are invited to a seminar from the dual perspectives of a veteran Youth Minister and a Family Therapy/Mental Health Professional on topics promoting longevity in ministry.  Sessions will combat burnout through exercises on self-care, mental health, and legal issues that you will likely encounter during your tenure in youth ministry.

  • SESSION #1: First Things First: Caring for Yourself and Your Soul
  • SESSION #2: Caring for Others & Their Souls:  Mental Health Red Flags & Resources
  • SESSION #3: Boundaries: Best Practices for Healthy Ministry
  • SESSION #4: Training Volunteers to See and Address Mental Health Needs

Sessions will include:

  • Managing work/life balance and specific disciplines for developing healthy boundaries in your ministry
  • Determining the difference between pastoral counseling situations and professional therapy situations.
  • Resources to help a student go to counseling.
  • Training your volunteer staff on mandatory reporting and steps for lay members to recognize and address mental health needs in adolescents.
  • Caring for your own mental health.
  • Legal issues, Insurance needs, and other nuts and bolts regarding safety in your ministry.

About the Presenters:

Dr. Walter Surdacki,DMin, is a Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN where he teaches youth ministry and practical ministry courses since 2008, as well as spiritual disciplines and spiritual formation. Dr. Surdacki served in full time youth ministry for over 16 years in Torrance, Malibu, and Campbell, California. He has served for 10 years as a youth ministry volunteer and parent, and currently serves as an elder at the Otter Creek Church in Brentwood, TN.

Dr. Chris Gonzalez, PhDLMFT Is a professor of Psychology and Counseling at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN where he teaches in the MFT program; Dr. Gonzalez founded Lipscomb’s masters’ degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy. His research explores family and spiritual influences on positive youth development. He is a practicing licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has served for 8 years as a youth ministry volunteer and parent at the Otter Creek Church in Brentwood, TN.