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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

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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. 

Upcoming Webinars: 

Platte Woods UMC: Isolation Webinar on April 8th at 7 PM

The Platte Woods Community Care Ministry Team is sponsoring a free community webinar focused on “Isolation and Its Impact on Addiction.” Topics will include:

  • How the pandemic has given rise to addiction as people find themselves isolated away from healthy routines, support and resources.
  • Basics of how someone who has a friend or loved one dealing with addiction can help break them out of isolation with the hope of leading the addict onto a road to recovery

Guest speaker Rev. Laura Murphy will lead the webinar. Laura is a United Methodist pastor and coach who has a heart for helping people find communities of healing.

Joining Laura will be Kelly Greene, a recovering alcoholic who not only has an incredible story of recovery but also works with people on a regular basis to overcome addiction from a faith perspective. You will hear part of Kelly’s story and the good news he shares for those dealing with addiction and seeking help.  Register Now 

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:

Compassion Fatigue Webinar: February 11 7-8 PM via Zoom - The Community Care Ministry Team at Platte Woods UMC is sponsoring a community webinar focused on “Compassion Fatigue.” Guest speaker Robin Ewy, MS, LPC will be the presenter, guiding the group through what Compassion Fatigue is and how to prevent it. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. All are welcome to this free event. Be renewed and refreshed, and experience the support of others in the trenches. Register Now 

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.

Living with Loss - Grief Support Group: Wednesdays, January 13-March 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m. via Zoom - The PWUMC Care Team is offering a support group for anyone who has lost a loved one, whether a parent, spouse, child, friend or other. Healing from loss, especially during these uncertain times, is a painful process, and we want to make sure no one has to make this journey alone. We are here to listen, provide insight and offer support. There is no fee, however, registrations are appreciated for planning purposes. We are hoping to offer in-person meetings in the winter semester if conditions allow, but for now are meeting via Zoom. Register by contacting Vicki Krehbiel

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 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:

  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.

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Additional Resources:

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: - 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.