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323 | Global Mental Health and the Global Church: Pitfalls, Opportunities, and Future Directions

Friday 9/15 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Multicultural Counseling and Diversity: Special Populations and Global Competency, Workshop Tracks


Ingo Tophoven, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




The body of Christ, the global Christian Church, is strategically positioned to play a crucial role in addressing mental health issues and disparities around the world. This workshop presents several strategies on how churches, with the aid of licensed mental health professionals, can engage in mental health ministries for their congregations, communities, and as a mission strategy. The presenter will give an overview of the current state of knowledge on mental health and the Church, create awareness for known pitfalls, and address the opportunities and future directions that are available for the global Church. Furthermore, the presenter will explain how existing and emerging technologies can assist in this endeavor.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify factors needed to develop an initial strategy toward a mental health ministry’s agenda
2. Identify specific obstacles and pitfalls in developing a mental health ministry’s agenda
3. Discuss the factors involved in understanding the future direction of mental health ministries, including the use of existing and emerging technologies, such as AI and ChatGPT
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