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The Mental Health Epidemic and the Church

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400 N. Waldron, Ft Smith, AR 72913

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In his book, “Anatomy of an Epidemic,” award-winning journalist, Robert Whitaker, states that there is a mental health epidemic in our country, with 250 more children and 850 more adults being added to our disability rolls in the United States every day for mental disorders. In addition, twenty percent of all US adults are taking psychiatric medications to help them deal with their emotions. The mental health system does not have effective techniques for resolving feelings of grief, anger, or shame which are the underlying emotions behind most mental health problems. Research has shown that the psychiatric medications that are being used for treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, and ADHD are effective temporarily at best and have led to long-term chronic disorders and to the epidemic of mental health disabilities we are experiencing in our country.

This two-day conference is primarily being provided for pastors and evangelical counselors, medical professionals, and church leaders and has two major themes: The first theme is "The Truth about Psychiatric Drugs" which will be led by Robert Whitaker, author of "Mad in America" and "Anatomy of an Epidemic" which exposed the negative impact of psychiatric drugs upon our society and upon mental health clients. The second theme of the conference is "A Highly-effective, Faith-based Therapy" for persons of faith, that churches and counselors can use to help individuals find healing for grief, anger, shame, addiction, depression, and other issues. All persons are welcome to attend.


Are CEUs available for attendees?

7 CEUs are available for MFTs and LLCs from Oklahoma and Arkansas for each day, and for Social Workers in Arkansas, for a total of 14 CEUs.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email: jim@tradingpain.com

Phone: 918-413-5475

For more information about the speakers and their topics for the two days go to tradingpain.com.

What's the refund policy?

A full refund will be given to those who request it prior to June 15, 2017, and a partial refund will be given to those who request it after June 15, 2017, minus a $20 cancellation fee.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. You may give your ticket to another person who wishes to attend in your place.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Whoever brings the printed ticket will be allowed to attend the conference.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Nearby Hotels include the following:

Comfort Inn & Suites, 6500 Rogers Ave., 479-434-5400 (Airport Shuttle Available)

Quality Inn, 2120 Burnham Rd. 479-484-0227

La Quinta Inn & Suites, 6700 Boston St., 479-484-0303

Best Western, 2900 S. 68th St., 479-452-9000

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