Introduction to Catholic Mental Health Ministry

1 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Discover How You Can Provide Impactful Mental Health Ministry to Your Community

This course was designed to provide 1) basic mental health literacy, 2) a rationale for Catholic Mental Health Ministry and 3) the elements of Catholic Mental Health Ministry. Guidelines for implementing mental health ministry in a parish or school will be explored.

Course Details

Number of Units:  1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend:  This course provides continuing education for Catholic lay ministers, religious, priests, deacons, and school administrators interested in implementing mental health ministries in their parishes or schools.

Course Materials:  Text, Catholic Mental Health Ministry by Wendell Callahan, Liberty Hebron and Alissa Willmerdinger, available at the USD Bookstore website.

Technical Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.

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What You Will Learn

  • Develop basic mental health literacy as an understanding of common mental health problems, how to reduce stigma associated with mental illness and how to make appropriate referrals for mental health services
  • Differentiate mental health treatment from mental health ministry
  • Discover organizations that provide educational resources and other supports to mental health ministry
  • Learn about specific liturgical resources for mental health ministry
  • Explore specific technologies that support the implementation of mental health ministry
  • Develop a plan for implementing a mental health ministry in their faith community


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  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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The curriculum will be most helpful to me in developing my programming.

Very enlightening; lots of useful information for improving and strengthening our Mental Health Ministry

Thank you for the offering and leadership in Mental Health ministry.

Please bare in mind that everyone taking your course is computer literacy have some knowledge. We can navigate the computer, but fail to understand all terminology. Senior friendly could help since many of us have had secretaries and now on our own. However, I worked it out based on what my secretary taught me long ago. Thank you for this opportunity and look forward to a long relationship.

Possibly, one group experience or lab for the student open exchange for a module.