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2017 Mental Health Conference:  VOICES OF HOPE
​Speaking Out About Mental Health in the
African American Church and Community

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Rev. Toni Ingram, MDiv Director
Black Church Studies
Candler School of Theology
Emory University

Emmanuel Lartey, PhD
Director
Religion, Health & Science and
Professor of Pastoral Care, Theology and Counseling
Candler School of Theology
Emory University

​​ Saturday, July 22, 2017
​9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Registration:  8:00 am

Admission:  FREE
​ ​Continental Breakfast & Lunch Provided

Haven House Counseling Center
The House of Hope
4650 Flat Shoals Parkway
​Decatur, GA 30034

Plenary Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Percy Johnson
​Mental Illness is NOT a Punishment from God

Eric L. Crawford, MS
Therapist
ATL Psychotherapy and
Consulting Services

​Discussion Topic:  Effective Therapy with Teens and Adolescents in Crisis

Ashley Smith, CPS
Author
What's on My Mind

Discussion Topic:
Effective Management of Schizoaffective Disorder
Bipolar Type

UNDERSTANDING THE LINK BETWEEN
​THEOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY

2017 Mental Health Conference

July 22, 2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Registration and Continental Breakfast:  8:00 am

Haven House Counseling Center and our Premier Sponsor, Anchor Hospital, in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) DeKalb Regional Office; Shanti Das, Founder, Silence the Shame; First Christian Church of Atlanta (Rev. Tom Edmondson, Pastor) and Victims of Crime and Leniency (VOCAL), Columbus, GA Chapter, are pleased to announce the 2017 Mental Health Conference:  VOICES OF HOPE--Speaking Out About Mental Health in the African American Church and Community.   The purpose of the Conference is to bring mental illness out of the shadows of shame, and openly discuss various Psychological Disorders as well as strategies to effectively manage symptoms.

Conference Goal

Our goal is to improve the lives of individuals diagnosed with mental illness, and to empower families, the Church, and communities to participate in the healing process.  We will enlighten participants by presenting Mental Illness as a HEALTH ISSUE,

not as a personal flaw or spiritual weakness. 

Workshop Topics

Major Depressive Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Schizophrenia
Substance Abuse

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Adults Coping With Childhood Trauma
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder


Plenary Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Percy Johnson

Our Plenary Speaker is Rev. Dr. Percy Johnson who will enlighten us on the Topic:  Mental Illness Is Not A Punishment From God -- Understanding the Link Between Theology and Psychology.  Rev. Dr. Johnson serves as an adjunct Professor of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC).

Panel Presenters​

Shanti Das
Music Industry Executive

Emmanuel Lartey, PhD, Director, Religion, Health and Science
Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Rev. Toni Ingram, Director, Black Church Studies
Candler School of Theology, Emory University


​​Dr. Margaret Weaver
​Psychologist

Desmond Banks, PhD, MPH
​Senior Consultant, HMA Medicaid Market Solutions

​Charlene Flagg, LCSW, MA
Licensed Therapist, Haven House Counseling Center


Margie Gill, LPC
Executive Director, Tabitha's House

Eric L. Crawford, MS, Therapist

ATL Psychotherapy & Consulting

Ashley Smith, Author

What's on My Mind




National Alliance on
Mental Illness (NAMI)

Alisa Porter, Director NAMI Dekalb will present during the Special Ministers Workshop. 
She will provide information on services available to the Clergy from NAMI, the largest Mental Health Advocacy group
​in the country.


SPECIAL MINISTERS WORKSHOP

A workshop for Pastors, Ministers and Church Leaders will be facilitated by Dr. Lartey and Rev. Ingram to discuss the increasing rate of Depression and Suicide among the Clergy, and the need for Self-Care.  

They will discuss the important role the church could play in the delivery of professional mental health services. 

They will also assist members of the Clergy to identify when their congregants need more than Pastoral Counseling, and to be comfortable with referring to mental health professionals.

Special Ministers' Workshop Sessions​
​Depression and Suicide Among the Clergy
​The Importance of Self Care

The Ministers' Workshops Will Be Facilitated By

Emmanuel Lartey, Ph.D.
Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Rev. Toni Ingram
Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Alisa Porter, MA
Director, NAMI DeKalb
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2017 Mental Health Conference
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Conference Partners

Conference Partners

Premier
Sponsor

First Christian Church of Atlanta
Rev. Tom Edmondson, Pastor

Emmanuel Lartey, Ph.D
Director,  Religion, Health & Science
Professor of Pastoral Care, Theology and Counseling, Candler School of Theology
Emory University


Rev. Toni Ingram, Pastor
Greater Turner Chapel AME Church
Director Black Church Studies
Candler School of Theology,

Emory University

Dr. Margaret Weaver
Psychologist
Keystone Christian Counseling Center


Desmond Banks, PhD, MPH
Senior Consultant
​HMA Medicaid Market Solutions


Charlene Flagg, LCSW, MA
Licensed Therapist
Haven House Counseling Cente r


Margie Gill, LPC
Executive Director
Tabitha's House



Eric L. Crawford, MS

Therapist
ATL Psychotherapy and Consulting Services



​Ashley Smith, CPS
Certified Peer Specialist
Author, What's on My Mind


Rev. Dr. Percy Johnson

Rev. Dr. Johnson holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University.  He serves as an adjunct Professor of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC).

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
DeKalb

VOCAL
Victims of Crime
and Leniency

Silence The Shame
Shanti Das,
Founder

Haven House
Counseling Center

Shanti Das, Executive Music Producer and Founder, Silence the Shame

Shanti Das was instrumental in developing innovative promotional campaigns for Outkast, Goodie Mob, Usher, TLC and Toni Braxton.  She was also the product manager for Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, and Stevie Wonder.  Das now devotes her efforts to eroding stigma surrounding mental illness.  She boldly tells of her struggles with Major Depressive Disorder and the suicidal death of her father.

Did you know that July is

National Minority Mental Health Month

Established by the US
House of Representatives
in 2008

Dr. Margaret Weaver, Psychologist
Keystone Christian Counseling Center
Maurice Washington, Chief Executive Officer
Anchor Hospital

Dr. Margaret Weaver is a licensed Psychologist and founding partner of Keystone Counseling Center, a Christian counseling center in metropolitan Atlanta. She is an inspirational speaker and author of Don’t Give Up, the first in a series of devotional books designed to provide hope, comfort, and encouragement.  She is a member of Antioch Baptist Church North, Atlanta, where she is the director of the Evangelistic Task Force, a program designed to train Christians to become more effective witnesses. Dr. Cameron M. Alexander is her Pastor..

Desmond Banks, PhD, MPH
Senior Consultant
HMA Medicaid Market Solutions

Dr. Banks has a diverse work experience including serving as case manager for public assistance recipients with histories of substance abuse in the Bronx, N.Y., to briefing state governors and other high-ranking officials on the fundamental policies and primary outcomes of healthcare programs.  Dr. Banks' current work and expertise involves program evaluation and outcomes communication for Medicaid programs, such as the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP).

Dr. Banks earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Master of Public Health degree from Hunter College−City University of New York.  Dr. Banks earned his PhD in Public Health Policy from The Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health.