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Hope and Healing: Mental Health Training of Pastors hosted by Westminster College

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Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2022

The Office of Faith and Spirituality at Westminster College, in partnership with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PTS), will present a continuing education opportunity for pastors from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Witherspoon Rooms of McKelvey Campus Center on Westminster’s campus.

 Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation and stressors caused by economic, health and other related hardships have pushed already fragile people and communities to the edge while overwhelming mental health providers.

“Hope and Healing: Mental Health Training for Pastors,” is an in-person training that will help faith leaders identify the difference between spiritual care and mental healthcare for faith leaders, provide a basic toolbox for faith leaders to help respond more effectively and compassionately to those in their community with mental health issues and help end the stigma often associated with mental illness in faith communities.

The Rev. Erin Davenport, director of strategic initiatives and special projects at PTS, and Dr. Helen Blier, PTS director of continuing education will serve as even facilitators.

Clergy participants will earn 0.5 continuing education units upon completion of the session.

There is a $10 registration fee. Advanced registration is due by Sept. 1, 2022 by emailing or visiting

This training session is made possible by a grant provided by the Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation.

For more information, please contact Rev. James Mohr at