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20% of individuals with acute mental illness agree their mental illness made/makes it difficult to understand salvation

Most pastors indicate they personally know one or more people who have been diagnosed with clinical depression (74%), bipolar disorder (76%), and schizophrenia (45%)




Systemic Mental Health Consultation in the church is a social-emotional and strength-based psychological approach to faith-centered clinical mental health care that is simultaneously co-located, collaborative, and integrated within the church. The goal of Systemic Mental Health Consultation in the church is to improve and promote overall mental wellness and reduce stigma of mental health. – Dr. Debbie


23% of pastors indicate they have personally struggled with mental illness of some kind

22% of pastors agree that they are reluctant to get involved with those with acute mental illness because of strained time and resources




Conduct research on mental health resources for faith-based organizations and provide a one-hour curriculum on social and emotional health to enhance clergy knowledge and reduce stigma.

Coordinate with willing and collaborative churches to set a training schedule to educate congregation on mental health and stigma prevention.


59% of pastors have counseled one or more people who were eventually diagnosed with an acute mental illness

66% Protestant senior pastors seldom speak to their congregation about mental illness (Life Way Research, 2014).





Conduct training of church clergy, leader, and volunteers on the importance of faith and quality mental health care.

Provide reflective coaching calls to church clergy, leader, and volunteers.

Training &
Professional Development

PFG provides trainings to churches, nonprofits, and community agencies on the following topics:

What is Mental Health?

What is Infant Mental Health?

Birth Equity in Family Therapy

Family Therapy Birth Care Strategies

Reproductive Justice in Family Therapy

Ages & Stages Questionnaire 3 & SE

Narrative Therapy & Tuning One's Ear

Reflective Practice/ Supervision

Systemic Thinking

Solution-Focused Brief Family Therapy

Suicide Prevention

Cultural Humility

Cultural Responsiveness

Intergenerational trauma/ epigenetics

Compassion Fatigue & Burnout 

Meditation & Mindfulness

Inner work through Mindfulness

Trauma Informed-care

Starting a Mental Health Ministry

Soul Care


"It is now clear to me that the family is a microcosm of the world. To understand the world, we can study the family: issues such as power, intimacy, autonomy, trust, and communication skills are vital parts underlying how we live in the world. To change the world is to change the family." - Virginia Satir


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Birth Equity Toolkit

Free resources for students interested in prenatal & postnatal mental health.


  • Marriage & Family Therapy

  • Christian Counseling

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

  • Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy

  • Experiential Therapy

  • Gottman Method

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  • Poetry Therapy

  • Person-Centered

  • Psychotherapy

  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

  • Somatic

  • Trauma Focused

  • Motivational Interviewing

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