Mental health, children, youth and the church

Our team at Key Ministry is delighted to be partnering with Fresh Hope and long-time friend of our ministry Colleen Swindoll-Thompson for a special day of dialogue and conversation regarding the mental health needs of children, youth and families in the church.

We’ll be coming together for a one-day seminar on Mental Health, Children, Youth and the Church on Thursday, October 12th at Nebraska Christian College in Papillon (a suburb of Omaha) sponsored by Fresh Hope for Mental Health. The seminar will take place from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Central time and lunch will be provided for attendees at the conference site. A live streaming option is being made available for those who would like to participate in the conference but are unable to travel to Omaha to attend in person.

I’ll be sharing Key Ministry’s model for church-based mental health inclusion at the seminar. Pastor Brad Hoefs will be introducing Fresh Hope for Teens, a Christ-centered mental health support group model for youth with mood disorders.

Early-bird registration is available for $25 through October 5th, and increases to $30 during the week leading up to the seminar. Registration for the conference live stream is $15. Continuing education credits will be available.

I look forward to seeing and meeting many friends of our ministry from across the Midwest in Omaha on Thursday, October 12th!


shutterstock_291556127Key Ministry encourages our readers to check out the resources we’ve developed to help pastors, church leaders, volunteers and families on mental health-related topics, including series on the impact of ADHD, anxiety and Asperger’s Disorder on spiritual development in kids, depression in children and teens, pediatric bipolar disorder, and strategies for promoting mental health inclusion at church.

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder 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 (Family Center by the Falls), 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. His blog for Key Ministry, was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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