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Jane Smith and Joel Slack

 RESPECT: The Core of Spiritual Care among Persons with Mental Illness Recording
Presented by Jane Smith BCC and Joel Slack

90 Minutes (1.5 CE hours)

$55/member; $95/nonmember
Item Number: WebR1101
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Price: $95.00
Chaplains serving in settings beyond mental health - from hospitals and long-term care facilities to corrections, uniformed services and workplaces - encounter individuals with mental illness.

This webinar is a dialogue between a consultant to mental health providers and a chaplain for persons with mental illness. Together, they will discuss the interplay between mental illness and spirituality. They will also describe how chaplains and other health care providers and caregivers can assist those who struggle with the many challenges of mental illness to access their own best spiritual resources, and then engage them as they move toward wholeness in body, mind and spirit.

When you purchase this webinar recording, you will receive a PDF file with links to access the presentation audio MP3, slides and materials.

Learning Objectives

1.To explore the relationship between mental illness and spirituality

2.To enable caregivers to help those in crisis access their spiritual resources and reawaken their own best spiritual strengths, which can then assist in their own recovery

3.To identify some interventions - those that don't help and those that can help

Who Should Attend

Chaplains in acute care and long-term care mental health settings, and other facilities where mental illness is a factor in a person's treatment. Social workers, psychologists, rehabilitation therapists, congregational ministers, and family members may also gain enhancement in their ability to care respectfully for the spiritual lives of people in mental distress.


Jane W. Smith DMin BCC has been a chaplain in a mental health setting for 20 years, is board certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and is a longtime advocate for pastoral care among persons with mental illness.

She is currently the director of the department of mission effectiveness at Fulton State Hospital in Fulton, MO, a long-term forensic psychiatric facility. The more than 400 people Fulton serves stay an average of five years. Jane is the author of "Circles of Hope - A Leader's Guide" for clergy and lay ministers of care who lead spirituality groups in a mental health setting.

Joel Slack, founder of Respect International, is a mental health consultant and educator. His work engages five years as a mental health advocate, 10 years as a senior manager in a state mental health agency and 12 years as an independent consultant and trainer. He is a graduate of Allegheny College with a degree in International Economics and Business Psychology. In 1998, while living in Sweden, Slack consulted to a regional psychiatric system and conducted training programs throughout the country. During that same year, on behalf of the Center for Mental Health Services in Washington D.C., he researched innovative mental health programs throughout the European continent.

Over the years, Slack has served on the National Advisory Councils of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Center for Mental Health Services and Boston University's Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program. Slack has served on several boards, including the Global Initiative on Psychiatry, a Netherlands-based international human rights and mental health organization. Currently, he serves on Mrs. Rosalynn Carter's Mental Health Task Force at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, GA.