Saddleback’s Gathering on Mental Illness and the Church to be available online…

Saddleback Gathering

Rick and Kay Warren are using their platform to call attention to the needs of families impacted by mental illness in the church.

On Friday, March 28th Saddleback Church will be hosting the Gathering on Mental Health and the Church from their Main Campus in Lake Forest, CA. The Gathering is a one-day event designed to encourage individuals living with mental illness, educate family members, and equip church leaders to provide effective and compassionate care to any faced with the challenges of mental illness.

Stanford_Color_HDIn addition to the Warren’s, Saddleback has assembled an excellent lineup of speakers, including two leaders who have previously guest blogged for us…Dr. Matthew Stanford from Mental Health Grace Alliance and Amy Simpson from Christianity Today.

We learned yesterday that the Gathering will be streamed live by the folks from Saddleback so that church leaders, advocates and family members everywhere can participate. Blog readers can follow this link to the conference website on the day of the event to find the live feed. Presentations begin at 11:30 AM Eastern, 8:30 AM Pacific Time.

Amy SimpsonThanks to the folks at Saddleback for making the Gathering available to us unable to travel to California! This conference looks to be essential viewing for anyone interested in the cause of those impacted by mental illness in the church.

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shutterstock_80344798Confused about all the changes in diagnostic terminology for kids with mental heath disorders? Key Ministry has a resource page summarizing our recent blog series examining the impact of changes in the DSM-5 on kidsClick this link for summary articles describing the changes in diagnostic criteria for conditions common among children and teens, along with links to other helpful resources!

About Steve Grcevich

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as Founder and Director of Strategic Initiatives of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland, and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health.
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