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Melissa Dodd
District Superintendent
Melissa Dodd

Megan Hayes
Executive Assistant
Megan Hayes

Morgan Scott
Administrative Assistant
Morgan Scott

(816) 649-5028
Fax: (816) 649-5015
401 B East Grand Ave.
Cameron, Missouri 64429

Counseling Ministries

Counseling Ministries exists to support the Conference’s mission and vision by providing counseling resources and programs to help heal and strengthen our pastors, congregations and communities. If you have any questions regarding Counseling Ministries, please contact Robin Ewy, LPC, at or 816-286-7971. 

Support Groups/Upcoming Events:

Grief Class/Group - Thursdays, (10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15) - 6-6:45 p.m. Liberty UMC, Sunset Campus, Room 224 If you are grieving the loss of a loved one and want to meet with others who are on a similar journey, please join us for a 4-week class called "Let's Talk About Grief" on Thursdays beginning October 25  at our Sunset Campus. At the conclusion of the 4 week class you are invited to join a larger group that meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:30-7:30 (also at our Sunset Campus in room 224) for conversation and support in their grief. There is no cost to participate. Register below. For questions, please contact Pastor Ginger Pudenz at

Grief Support Group for Men - Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 p.m. from September 4 - October 23 at Hamilton United Methodist Church, 104 W Samuel St, Hamilton, MO 64644  To register, call the church at 816-583-2325 or e-mail Pastor Lisa Morris at

Support for Families of Individuals with Mental Illness - Beginning in August, the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-week course for families and friends of individuals who are dealing with conditions such as ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. The course is taught by trained family members who have lived with this experience. The course teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. Information & Register Here

New Northland Connection Group (peer and family groups) beginning 9/4/2018 -> More Information 

Alcoholics Anonymous, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, Fellowship Center at First United Methodist Church, Kearney, 1000 East, MO-92, Kearney, MO 64060

RADiCAL Divorce Recovery for Women RADiCAL = Rising Above Divorce in Confidence and Love, Thursdays 6:30 – 8 p.m. on August 30 – November 1 (10 week class) at Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 NW Prairie View Rd, Platte Woods,​ ​MO 64151; Contact: Mary Bosch at​ (816) 519-5247. Go to ​​ for more details. Class size limited ​–​ Save your spot today. $85 per student

Loss of a Loved One Support Group, Thursdays 6:30 – 8 p.m. from September 13 - November 15 at Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 NW Prairie View Rd, Platte Woods,​ ​MO 64151. Register online at or by contacting Vicki Krehbiel, This is an open group. You may join at any time and there is no fee.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a non-profit organization that provides education, support, and advocacy. See: for more information about Nami. Nami Basics is a free 6-weeks class for parents of youth with mental illness. The fall class starts on September 13th in Overland Park, KS. For more information and a short video please also see:

Need a Counselor?

 If you have referred someone for counseling, please remember to let Robin know so we can continue to track process.

Counseling Referral List (Click the link to view)

As a reminder, this is a living document that will change and grow as we discover new resources. In an attempt to monitor the effectiveness of Counseling Ministries, please consider the following follow up process:

  1. Person presents with mental health need (individual, couple, family, group counseling)
  2. If pastor determines referral is appropriate, he/she provides list of resources to person and notifies Robin at that referral was made. To protect confidentiality, no names will be shared.
  3. Counseling resources will be encouraged to notify Robin if a referral was made through Northwest District Counseling Ministries.

Thank you all for your patience as we fine-tune this process. If you have resources that you would like to add to the Counseling Ministry Referral list, please let Robin know.

Counseling Newsletters by Topic

Additional Resources: - NAMI Missouri  was founded in 1985 to provide education, support and advocacy on behalf of people with serious mental illness and their families regardless of race, religion or national origin. - The Northland Coalition is dedicated to creating a healthy, safe and drug-free community in which to raise our children. - Mental Health America of the Heartland is dedicated to promoting the mental health of the community, and improving the quality of life of persons with mental illness, through advocacy, education and support.