Mental Health and Wellness
Webinar: Tending to Our Spiritual and Mental Wellbeing After Crisis and Trauma
Following a season of health pandemics, social isolation, economic instability caused by shutdowns, and the social unrest due to acts of violence and racism, there is a great need for healing in communities everywhere.
As part of NBA’s Mental Health and Wellness Initiative, join Disciples, mental health professionals, as they speak to the importance of tending to our mental health and wellness, especially as we return to social gatherings beyond family, and even begin to worship in person again.
This webinar was part of several commemorative events to celebrate 10 years of service and leadership of NBA President and CEO, Mark D. Anderson. As a social worker by training, Mark is passionate about the well-being of all, especially after times of trauma and crisis. For those who seek to honor Mark, gifts can be made to the NBA Mark D. Anderson Fund.
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Rev. Cisa Payuyo
Rev. Cisa Payuyo is Associate Director of Church Relations at Chapman University in Orange, California, where she has served for the past eighteen years. She is a spiritual mentor to UCC and Disciples-related students through the “Disciples on Campus” program and serves as one of the Chaplains for the whole university. Cisa is a member of the Pro-Reconciliation and Anti-Racism Committee for the Disciples’ Pacific Southwest Region and has been an Anti-Racism Trainer for the past five years. She has served in many capacities with the Disciples of Christ, including Young Adult Minister for NAPAD (North American Pacific Asian Disciples), as Moderator of the Pacific-Southwest Region and in 2003 she was elected First Vice-Moderator of the General Assembly.
Rev. Anita Adams
Rev. Anita Graeser Adams is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and AAMFT-approved supervisor. She is the Clinical Service Coordinator for Indianapolis Healthy Start, which is a federally funded project through the Marion County Public Health Department, which aims to reduce health disparities and eliminate infant and maternal mortality in Marion County. Anita provides support, supervision, and consultation to the staff and clients of Indianapolis Healthy Start as it relates to behavioral and mental health services. She is deeply committed to incorporating social justice and activism into her clinical work. In addition, Anita is also an ordained clergy in DOC and has a small private practice ministry, where she is mostly providing clinical supervision for therapists. Anita is also working on her Ph.D. in Philanthropy, with a minor in social work.
Rev. Dr. Heather Hunnicutt
The Rev. Dr. Heather Hunnicutt, LPC serves as pastor of Salem United Church of Christ in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth and maintains a small private counseling practice. Heather’s areas of clinical expertise include cult recovery, religious and spiritual trauma, intellectual giftedness, and faith integration for persons in LGBTQ+ communities. Heather is passionate about helping individuals heal from their traumatic experiences by addressing the whole person. In her spare time, Heather enjoys yoga, reading, being owned by the cat, and besting her children at video games.
Rev. Lee B. Ivey III, MDiv, MA CMHC
Rev. Lee B. Ivey III, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, and ordained by the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) denomination through Light of the World Christian Church, measures the meaning of his life by his ability to listen to the Creations of God. Cultured by various terrain, Lee acknowledges God in the rising of the sun, the properties of stones, the concern in a person’s face, and the transference of energy that flows between us. Rev. Ivey is a graduate of Central State University – Wilberforce, OH with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Finance, & Management, and a dual-degree graduate from Christian Theological Seminary – Indianapolis, IN with a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values, and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development.
Additional References and Resources
- NBA’s Resource Bank
- Clergy Resources for Crisis and Trauma
- I Holla Back, Bystander Intervention
- Anti Racism Daily
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Trauma-Informed Churches
- Becoming a Trauma-Informed Church
- Lament Toolkit: Understanding and Practicing Biblical Lament
- Four Ways to Shift to Trauma-Informed Ministry by Danielle Tumminio Hansen
- Pastoral Care: Telling the Stories of Our Lives by Karen D. Schieb
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