It will address the ways people with mental health issues come into contact with the Court System in San Bernardino County, the resources available to them and the ways that those in ministry can be better prepared to advise, support and assist those who seek their advice and direction. There will be presentations from a number of Superior Court Judges, representatives from the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health as well as pastors and ministry leaders from both the Catholic Church and other churches. Topics will include ways to understand and to reduce the stigma associated with those with mental health challenges; a ‘Hearing Voices’ exercise to help attendees empathize with people with severe mental illness; the roles of the Sheriff’s Department and Probation Department Mental Health Unit; understanding Psychiatric Medications and their appropriate uses; Department of Behavioral Health Resources and Crisis System of Care; and two panels to address questions. The first will be a Panel of Superior Court Judges, and the second a Faith Based Panel made up of five leaders from different area churches.
End of Life Conference
The Diocesan Office of Respect Life and Pastoral Care will offer the conference “Embracing Our Dying – Preparing for End of Life” at the Diocesan Pastoral Center on Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
The workshop is intended for families who are facing End of Life decision making. It helps frame this significant challenge in Catholic values and teaching on End-of-Life. Topics will include How to Facilitate Discussion with Your Loved One Around End of Life, Patient and Caregiver Rights, Advanced Directives, Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and clarification on Church teaching on Nutrition and Hydration at End of Life.
Catholic physicians and a theologian will lead the workshop. Simultaneous translation in Spanish will be offered at this free event.