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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-286-7971.
Mental Health Resources/Programs:
Crisis Counseling Program: ShowMe Hope Missouri is providing a crisis counseling program for those affected by COVID-19. They provide assistance to organizations with anxiety, stress, depression and other symptoms. They are here to listen: Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-5990 or Tri-County Mental Health 816-468-0400. See Flier and Handout.
Support Groups/Upcoming Events:
Addressing Human Sexuality in Community Care Ministry: Thursday, August 12 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM on Zoom. Dr. Steve Heitkamp will speak to Care Ministry Teams on August 12th at 7:00 pm via Zoom. He will speak to us about providing care for LGBTQ members of our community. More Info
Living with Loss Grief Support Group: Wednesday of every week from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Contact Vicki Krehbiel for more information - Register online at https://plattewoodschurch.org/events/#ourCalendar.
Single Mom’s Group: Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. Via Zoom — Contact Vicki Krehbiel for more information - All single moms are invited to this Christ-centered support group. This group offers a place where a single mom will find a community of caring women who will love her unconditionally, accept her as she is and support her with true and lasting friendship. The group is open to the community and you can join at any time. If you know someone who would appreciate this kind of support, please invite them.
Celebrate Recovery at A Turning Point: Wednesdays at 7:00pm, people are welcome to join in-person small group sessions (10 or less per room) of Celebrate Recovery at A Turning Point Mission Center located at 5105 NW Waukomis Dr, Northmoor, MO. (Note: All participants are required to wear mask and practice social distancing). We are here to help with individuals hurts, habits and hang ups rooted in things such as anxiety, depression, shame, co-dependency, and addiction. No need to register in advance, simply come. However, if you have questions before hand, contact Laura Murphy at MurphyLaura505@gmail.com or 913-908-6379.
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:
- Person presents with mental health need (individual, couple, family, group counseling)
- If pastor determines referral is appropriate, he/she provides list of resources to person and notifies Robin at email@example.com that referral was made. To protect confidentiality, no names will be shared.
- 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
- Recovering from Holidays
- Journaling to Overcome
- Grief - When it rains, it pours
- A Turning Point - Reaching out to the Community
- Slowing Down
- Preparing for Life Events
- Group Support
- World Health Organization
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has prepared resource information for faith leaders: "Mental Health-A guide for Faith Leaders" (26 Pg) This guide provides information to help faith leaders work with members of their congregations and their families who are facing mental health challenges. Its goal is to help faith leaders understand more about mental health, mental illness, and treatment, and help break down the barriers that prevent people from seeking the care they need. Download at: https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/cultural-competency/engagement-opportunities/mental-health-and-faith-community-partnership
www.namimissouri.org - 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.
https://northlandcoalition.com/ - The Northland Coalition is dedicated to creating a healthy, safe and drug-free community in which to raise our children.
http://mhah.org/ - 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.