Providing mental health education and community mental health services has long been a central part of the life of CTS. Along with its world-class counseling degree programs, CTS maintains its own Counseling Center, which serves as a clinical training center for counseling students and offers counseling services to the public.
In its programming for the spring, CTS has continued to deepen its work on this front by hosting four events pertaining to mental health. CTS President David Mellott explained that “Mental health education is a priority of CTS. Training counselors and mental health professionals is a vital part of our mission to serve the church and the world. We’re inspired to continue thinking about innovative ways for CTS to offer our strengths and capacity around mental health education and advocacy in service to our life in common.”
- On March 9, the Faith & Action Project at CTS hosted its annual Spring Conference. This year’s theme was “Poverty and Mental Health: Examining Connections.” The conference featured a keynote address by Schroeder Stribling, President and CEO of Mental Health America, panel discussions with leaders in the field, and breakout sessions with conference panelists and CTS counseling faculty members. Read a recap of the conference.
- On April 1-2, CTS hosted its 24th annual Spirituality and Psychotherapy Conference online. This year’s conference featured Katie Asmus, therapist, coach, and Founder of Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute. The theme was “Weaving the Strands of Body, Earth, and Soul: Relationship with Nature for Self-Care, Consciousness, and Connection.”
- CTS will host a Mental Health Symposium on May 18 on the theme, “Mindfulness, Self-Care, and Spiritual Repair.” The symposium, hosted by the Recruiting and Admissions Office at CTS, will include a panel discussion with CTS faculty, alumni, and mental health professionals. This event is free and open to the public. More information and registration to come!
- In order to help bridge the gap between faith communities and mental health needs, CTS is providing free Mental Health First Aid training to a group of local faith leaders. Participants will receive a certification after completing a 2-hour online class and a 4.5-hour training at CTS. Along with the others, this particular event is an embodiment of CTS’s core strategy of “serving the public through serving the church.”
Learn more about CTS’s counseling programs here.
Learn more about CTS’s Counseling Center here.