Breakout Sessions & Details

PTSD & Traumatic Stress

Breakout Leader: Adrienne McFadd Ferrell

This breakout is an exploration of PTSD and Traumatic Stress in the general public as a normal, but imprisoning reaction to abnormal, traumatic experience, and how mental health intervention can help sufferers regain their normal lives and full selves.


Breakout Leader: Scott Matthews

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common mental health problem among military veterans. In this breakout session, we will discuss the symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of PTSD in veterans and provide an overview of the functional brain basis of PTSD.

Depression: understanding those who are Distressed, dismayed or Distraught

Breakout Leader: Stephanie Salo

Lots of people have emotional ups and downs, but what does it really mean to have “depression” clinically? This session will help you understand the signs and symptoms of depression, theories of what can cause it or make it worse, available treatments, and how you can help a friend or family member who might be struggling. Because feelings of helplessness and morbid thoughts can often accompany depression, some session time will focus on discussing self-harming thoughts and behaviors, from where they might arise, how to make sense of them, and identifying ideas for how they can be replaced with better types of coping.

Rendering Aid

Breakout Leader: Edward De La Loza

Does your spirit sometimes find it emotionally difficult to sustain your pace in service to God, your family, and community?  Mark 12:30 indicates, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”  In this course, you will receive a mental health orientation to the spirit, to help identify one or more dimensions of your life that may need attention, so that you can begin to clarify and make conscious decisions leading to a plan to restore a sense of hope, direction and enthusiastic purpose in Christ.

Breakout Leader: Galen Morgan Cooper

This breakout will present information on all addictions and explore the psychological, sociological, physiological and spiritual aspects.  Focusing on understanding substance abuse and dependence, we will explore the relationship of addiction and psychiatric disorders, i.e., the area of dual diagnoses. The importance of the effects on friends and families will also be addressed.

Addiction & Mental Health

Breakout Leader: Joyce Bruggeman

We will learn QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) - the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.  Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and discover how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

Suicide Prevention Training

Breakout Leader: Megan Broderick

Young people today are experiencing high rates of anxiety and depression.  Join Megan Broderick, LMFT and High School and Middle School Counselor, to explore how we as parents and loved ones can get ahead of some of these struggles and learn how to validate and support adolescents in their journey to adulthood.

Mental health for Children, adolescents & parents

Breakout Speaker: Susan Trueblood

Anxiety can sometimes be our friend and sometimes can be our enemy. When stressed out, our bodies and minds can fail us and we react rather than respond to life situations.   When our minds and bodies are at peace we are able to make better decisions, communicate more effectively and connection with one another easier.
In this breakout session, we will focus on identifying our stress response and calming triggers, so we can respond authentically and appropriately.


Breakout Speaker: Veronica James,  L.C.S.W.

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) are an umbrella term that encompasses maternal mental health during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum. This presentation will describe PMADs, resources available for treatment and how faith can support new mothers


Breakout Speaker: Veronica Alzaga

In this class, we will be identifying what it is, some valuable statistics, it’s causes and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and time for questions/answers.


Breakout Speaker: Mary Vannoy

This course will deal with Schizophrenia by exploring the following topics (for which handouts will be provided): Definition, Prevalence, Signs and Symptoms:  Positive Symptoms, Negative Symptoms, Cognitive Symptoms, Risk Factors, Treatments and Therapies, Psychosocial Treatments, Supportive ways that families can help the individual with Schizophrenia, Support groups and resources for family members. Support groups and resources for the individual with Schizophrenia. Discussion Time.