The Gospels include many stories of
mentally ill persons who had been ostracized from society; condemned to a life
of suffering, isolation and indignity. Jesus responded with compassion and
healing, restoring these persons to health, their families and
It is this example which Catholic health care seeks to
embody by serving and advocating for those whose social condition puts them at
the margins of society and especially vulnerable to discrimination. Persons
diagnosed with psychiatric disorders are often among this group.
Data indicate that persons with mental illness suffer
disproportionately from chronic disease, addiction, poverty, homelessness,
incarceration and premature death, including death from accidents, homicide and
suicide. According to the World Health Organization, mental illness results in
more disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses,
including cancer and heart disease. In the United States, mental disorders are
among the costliest conditions, yet a large percentage of persons with serious
mental illness go without care every year.
This webinar explores the stigma of mental illness and the
ongoing challenges associated with access and reimbursement for behavioral
health care. Presenters will discuss how Avera Health has addressed these
challenges through a commitment to human dignity, stewardship and justice in the
development, funding and provision of behavioral health services. Unique and
emerging ethical issues in clinical behavioral health care will also be
After participating in the webinar, participants will be
- Identify factors which underlie the longstanding stigma
associated with mental illness.
- Understand how a commitment to promote human dignity,
safety, efficacy and spirituality in behavioral health care inspired Avera’s
state-of-the art facilities and programming.
- Describe an innovative stewardship model for financing
behavioral health services.
- Understand how technology can provide behavioral health
services to vulnerable populations and medically under-served
- Describe emerging ethical issues in clinical behavioral
health care such as assessing decisional capacity in persons with psychiatric
symptoms; religiosity, religious practice and self-harm; psychiatric advance
directives; treatment of co-occurring disorders; and
Who Should Attend
- Physicians, nurses and clinicians
- Behavioral and social services
- Mission leaders
- Ethics committees
- Community benefit professionals
- Chaplains and pastoral care
- Advocacy staff
- Senior leaders and executive
Certificate of Attendance
CHA provides all participants with a Certificate of
Attendance indicating program contact hours upon completion of the event.
Participants may submit the certificates to relevant organizations.
Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives
(ACHE) members may self-report using the contact hours information provided on
their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the
ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact
hours for CEU credit.
NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of
Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their
continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided
on their CHA Certificate of Attendance.
For more information please contact Danette Thompson,