This webinar series will explore how faith-based community leadership can build mental health capacity in the midst of COVID-19. It addresses the need to assist these leaders in (1) improving their general knowledge base around mental and emotional disorders and (2) removing the stigma regarding mental health issues. By incorporating a cross collaboration between faith leaders and psychiatric practitioners, the three-part series will help improve the overall well-being of African-American and other communities during and beyond the current pandemic.
Annelle Primm, M.D., MPH is the Senior Medical Director of the Steve Fund, an organization focused on the mental health of young people of color including college students. She is also the Convener of the All Healers Mental Health Alliance and mobilizes organizational collaboration to provide healing services for disaster-affected marginalized communities. Dr. Primm is a former Deputy Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association (2004-20015). She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, her medical degree from Howard University and psychiatric training as well as training in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She is a published author and serves as an adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, New York University and Howard University Schools of Medicine. Dr. Primm is a member of the Black Psychiatrists of America Council of Elders.
Jonathan Shepherd, MD, is the Chief Medical Director with Hope Health Systems, Inc. In addition, he currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Black Mental Health Alliance INC. Dr. Shepherd is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist; and has received numerous awards for his clinical work and training programs. He holds a Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his General Psychiatry residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Shepherd believes in the mission of promoting and advancing the mental health and well-being of people of color. He wants to bring awareness to mental health disorders that are a part of our global community.
- Identify the more common mental disorders and psychological distress symptoms presenting to clergy in the faith community.
- Develop referral resources for assistance in the treatment of congregants manifesting symptoms of psychological distress.
- Gain confidence in communicating and securing assistance in congregants expressing suicidal thoughts.
Who Should Attend?
Faith-based leaders, congregants and mental health clinicians.
Guiding the Shepherd and Shepherding the Flock in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Webinar series
These 90-minute webinar sessions take place on Tuesdays (May 26, June 9 and June 16*) at 6:30pm ET. Certificates of attendance will be available to viewers of 50% (45 minutes) or more of the live webinar (via email within 30 business days post-event). CEUs are not offered for these sessions. Webinar slide presentations and recordings will be posted on the website.
*Registration page coming soon