This one-week intensive challenges students to think about what makes us mentally healthy, and how and why some of us become mentally unwell. What is the role of faith and of being a member of a faith community – or not – in mental wellness and unwellness? How might these concepts be utilized practically in one’s professional work after graduation? Given the stresses of pastoral and organizational work, how is one’s spirituality and faith woven into self-care? The major categories of mental illness as currently defined by the DSM 5 in the United States and Europe are presented and discussed. Interacting with such individuals and assessing whether referral for treatment intervention is indicated, or ethically required, are explored. The goal of this course is not diagnostic and treatment-oriented but rather understanding, and how to assess for referral if indicated.
- Professor: Joseph P. Merlino