The University of San Diego holds first-ever training on Mental Health Ministries to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness

SAN DIEGO, CA — The Catholic Institute for Mental Health Ministry (CIMHM) in the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), Department of Counseling and Marital & Family Therapy (CMFT), recently held its first training conference at USD.

Participants from the Catholic Dioceses of Hartford (CT), Rapid City (SD), Orange (CA), San Francisco (CA) and San Jose (CA) completed the three-day training covering Mental Health First Aid, Catholic Mental Health Ministry as well as specialized sessions focusing on substance abuse and the impact of mental health problems on families.

All participating Dioceses were selected by CIMHM to receive grants to implement Mental Health Ministries in their local parishes.

The Catholic Institute for Mental Health Ministry (CIMHM) was established in July 2018 through a substantial grant from Deacon Ed and Ruth Schoener of Scranton, PA. As the first institute of its kind established at a major Catholic university, the CIMHM directly supports the implementation of Mental Health Ministries in Catholic Dioceses. CIMHM has partnered with a local San Diego technology firm, eTherapyfinder who provides Dioceses with a HIPAA compliant platform to support their mental health ministries.

The goals of the CIMHM will be to support participating Catholic faith communities to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness through the support provided by trained mental health ministry leaders.

More information about the CIMHM can be found on their website linked here.

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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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