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Clergy Education Event – Too Much at Once: Maintaining Mental Wellness During Times of Crisis

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Event: Clergy Education Event – Too Much at Once: Maintaining Mental Wellness During Times of Crisis

Date: 5/30/24

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 am

Where: Univest Community Room

Cost: FREE, but please RSVP below


You never know when the phone call will come. Crises can happen at any time, and as clergy, we are often called in to assist a variety of people in so many different situations. But who takes care of us? We will discuss strategies for maintaining our own mental wellness as well as that of others during times of crisis. Concepts from within the mental health field and faith community will be synthesized to provide an integrated approach to wellness.

A hot breakfast and networking will be held from 8:00 – 8:30 am; the presentation will begin at 8:30 am.

Keynote Speaker – Dave Eckert, Founder and Director, Intersect

Dave Eckert is the Founder and Director of Intersect, an initiative within Access Services that supports those at the intersection of faith and mental health through consultation, training, and the fostering of collaboration between faith communities and mental health providers. He has spent over 20 years working for Access within various roles including Director of a Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation program and agency Chaplain.

Dave is also an ordained minister, serving as one of the pastors at Grace Community Church in Chalfont for the last 15 years.

In addition, Dave is a certified suicide intervention trainer for Living Works, a Psychiatric Rehabilitation trainer for PAPRS (Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services) and a co-author of the Opioid Response Network’s “Opioid Use Disorder Toolkit for Faith-Based Community Leaders.”

He serves as a board member of Lakeside Educational Network and an advisory board member of the Faith Inclusion Network.  A certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner (CPRP), Dave also holds degrees in Social Work, Biblical Studies, and Divinity. He lives with his wife and three children in Montgomery County.