Empower Faith Communities

Course Type: Faith Based
Course Access: Lifetime
Course Format: Online

One in four adults experience mental illness every year, yet fewer than half of those receive treatment. These issues affect people from all walks of life – no one is immune to psychological distress. Although mental illness is fairly common, sufferers often feel too embarrassed to seek help. This can ultimately have devastating consequences – mental illness lessens an individual’s quality of life and can even result in suicide.

Empower yourself by learning how to create a safe environment for those struggling with mental illness in this two-hour online training with Dr. Matt Stanford. This course will equip you with the techniques for identifying mental illness, developing safe and effective situational responses, and building a network to quickly connect those in distress with professional care.


You Will Learn:

  • What the terms “mental health” and “mental health illness” mean, how psychological distress manifests itself, and how mental illness impacts a person’s life.
  • The main symptoms of mental and behavioral health disorders.
  • The truth behind misconceptions surrounding mental and behavioral health disorders.
  • How and why people self-harm, the nature of suicidal thoughts and how to help someone who is contemplating ending their life.
  • How to communicate with someone in distress and refer them to a professional for assistance.
  • How to start the conversation about mental health in your faith community.

Benefits of Taking This Course:

  • You’ll better understand many common mental and behavioral health topics.
  • You’ll gain the knowledge you need to aid those struggling with mental and behavioral health illness, specifically, referrals for treatment.
  • You’ll adopt a set of skills that can be quickly implemented following the Empower training.
  • You’ll be part of the solution that eliminates the stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health.

Course Lessons:

  • Introduction to Empower
  • The First “R” Recognize: Recognize mental health problems
  • The Second R: Refer: Refer to a mental professional
  • The Third “R” Relate: Relate to those with mental health challenges
  • The Fourth “R” Restore: Restore through community
  • Conclusion to Empower


Who can take the course?

Anyone who has an interest in gaining a greater understanding of this subject is encouraged to take the course.

The course is made up of individual lessons. They can be taken all at once or based on your schedule. You can complete the online course at any time you would like. The course is compatible with all devices.

You can complete the online course at any time you would like. The course is compatible with all devices.

Once you have completed all modules there is a final quiz you will need to complete and pass to receive your Certificate of Completion.

No, we don’t offer in-person training. Visit our course catalog to view all of our online courses.

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