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Guiding the Shepherd: Mental Health of Faith-Based Leaders in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Part 1

6:30pm - May 26, 2020 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Central East MHTTC
Collaborating TTC: Central East MHTTC
Registration Deadline: May 25, 2020
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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 communities during and beyond the current pandemic.



Altha Stewart, M.D. is Senior Associate Dean of Community Health Engagement for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. As an Associate Professor and Chief of Social and Community Psychiatry, she also serves as the Director of the Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth and the medical school. In 2018 she was elected President of the American Psychiatric Association, becoming the first African American to hold this office. Her career spans over three decades of work as the CEO/Executive Director of large public mental health systems in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York. She received her medical degree from Temple University and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Regis College in 2006 and Doctor of Science from her alma mater, Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN in 2018.  Dr. Stewart is a past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America, the Association of Women Psychiatrists and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.

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.

Learning Objectives:
  • 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.
  • Assist in the improvement of mental health self-care among clergy and church leadership.
  • Facilitate the identification and need for assistance in clergy and church leaders that are facing challenges related to impairment and addressing their own need for assistance.


Who Should Attend?

Faith-based leaders, congregants and mental health clinicians.



Guiding the Shepherd: Mental Health of Faith-Based Leaders 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.


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