Better Together: How Faith Communities, Mental Health Providers and Government Can Collaborate to Promote Wellness

Better Together: How Faith Communities, Mental Health Providers and Government Can Collaborate to Promote Wellness


About the Training:

Faith-based leaders are often the first point of contact when individuals and families face mental health problems or traumatic events. When leaders know how to respond, they become significant assets to the overall behavioral health system. The Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, in association with Access Services, invites this community to join Better Together: How Faith Communities, Mental Health Providers and Government Can Collaborate to Promote Wellness

This eight-week virtual training will educate participants about various evidence-based recovery oriented techniques for enhancing collaboration amongst faith-based leaders, congregants, and behavioral health professionals. The overall goal is for them to improve their skills and knowledge in developing community-based partnerships that will connect with and support individuals living with mental illness. 

All sessions are 60 minutes and will take place from 12:00-1:00pm ET on Wednesdays beginning April 27, 2022.

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Learning Objectives:

These sessions will offer opportunities for participants to:

  • Summarize the importance of collaborations between behavioral health professionals, faith-based leaders and congregants
  • Develop cross-sector sustainability plans and formalize pathways to promote collaboration
  • Describe the role mental health professionals have in educating members of faith communities about behavioral health issues  
  • Describe the role faith-based communities have in educating mental health professionals about the intersection of spirituality and behavioral health



Why Together: Understand the Benefits of Community Collaboration
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Cast your Vision: Be the Champion; Inspire, Motivate and Activate
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Mobilizing the Vision: Taking the Leap into Community Collaboration
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Being the Backbone: The Art of Leading a Collaborative Cohort
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Finding Your Lane: What Each Partner has to Say and Offer the Community
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Navigating New Waters: How to Stay on Course
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Building the Ship to Stay Afloat: How to Sustain a Collaborative Effort
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Lather, Rinse, Repeat: Staying Persistent is How to Replicate Collaborative Cohorts
Wednesday, June 22, 2022


Registration limited to 30 participants who reside in Region 3 
(Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia)

New Registration Deadline: April 22 2022



Dave EckertDave Eckert, M.Div., CPRP, is the Director of Intersect, an initiative within Access Services that supports those at the intersection of faith and mental health through consultation, training, and the fostering of collaboration between faith communities and human services providers. In addition, Dave serves as one of the pastors of Grace Community Church in Chalfont, PA. 





Derrell FrazierDerrell Frazier, the Policy & Community Engagement Manager of Mental Health Association of Maryland.






Mark BoorseMark Boorse has worked in non-profit human services for 40 years and served in church leadership for 25 years. As Director of Program Development for Access Services, Mark has spent the past several years focusing on community development: how to leverage up community resources from faith, civic, and service sectors to address community level issues such as mental health, suicide, homelessness, and housing.




Anita MwaluiAnita Mwalui, PhD, MPH, CWP, the Founder/CEO of Community Engagement & Consultation Group, Inc.






Jim WaltersJim Walters is the Administrator of the Office of Integrative Services for the Health and Human Service Department of Montgomery County, PA. Jim’s work focuses on promoting collaboration, sharing resources, and informing community partners about HHS services. He is also a chair of the Montgomery County Multi-Faith Coalition; an effort focused on implementing cross-sector collaboration.




Bernard WarrenBernard Warren, the Executive Director of Baltimore Faith Based Commission for Behavioral Health.





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