Youth Leader Brunch: Mental Health and Youth Ministry (April 23)

Calling all Salvation Army Youth Leaders, Officers and Volunteers working with youth:

Join us for our second ever, FREE, Youth Leader Brunch on Monday, April 23, 2018 from 10 AM-12 PM at Metropolitan Divisional Headquarters. During our brunch, not only will we eat delicious Ann Sather’s cinnamon rolls (and other good foods), but we’ll also hear from our guest speaker, Dr. Karen Payton Hurula, as she talks about mental health and youth ministry.

There are many challenges associated with youth ministry and mental health is becoming more recognized as something ministry professionals should be better prepared to address. In this training we will briefly talk about the developmental realities of mental health in children and teens and how to recognize the limits of what we as youth workers can and should do to address the problems our young people face. We will also talk about our own needs for self-care and boundaries as youth leaders. We cannot share with our kids something we do not have.

Here is the schedule for our time together:

10:00 AM-10:30 AM: Brunch
10:30 AM-11:30 AM: Lecture (Mental Health and Youth Ministry)
11:30 AM-12:00 PM: Worship and Prayer
12:00 PM: Depart

Event Registration:
PLEASE NOTE: Even though this is free, we need you to RSVP by April 16 at this link so we have enough food (FB RSVP’s don’t count!):

About Dr. Karen Hurula:
Karen Hurula, Psy.D. M.A.

Dr. Karen Hurula is a licensed clinical psychologist in practice as a behavioral health consultant on the medical staff at the Lawndale Christian Health Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master’s degree in Theology from Wheaton College in 2012. Dr. Hurula completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute. During her fellowship she received specialized training in the psychological assessment and treatment of clergy and clergy candidates.

Dr. Hurula is passionate about the integration of psychology and theology in the understanding of persons. She has done an independent study of resiliency and burnout in clergy and pastors. She believes in the mind-body-soul connection in maintaining health and wellness. It is her hope to contribute to a better understanding of self-care for those in ministry settings.

Dr. Hurula is a 5th-generation Salvationist. She was born in Puerto Rico and raised primarily in Mexico City with her missionary officer parents. Dr. Hurula is married to Scott, and is the mother of three children: Greg (22), Heidi (21) and Kelsie (15). She and her husband soldier at the OakBrook Terrace Corps, where they enjoy worshipping and participating in various ministries.