Find hope and purpose on a horse farm in Nebraska! Passing along 40 down-to-earth lessons from her animals, our guest will explain how caring for calves teaches you to let go, why a carriage-pulling pack horse motivates us to be our best selves, and what a floppy-eared dog can tell you about loving your neighbor.
Research tells us that when most people suffer from a mental health crisis, the first person they turn to for help is not a physician, a psychiatrist, or a social worker, but a pastor, a priest, or a minister. In other words, a leader in their church. Unfortunately, many church leaders are not trained to recognize mental illness and don’t know when to refer someone to a mental health professional. The consequence—unintended yet tragic—is continued and unnecessary suffering. Join us as our guest explains what constitutes a mental illness and how these disorders are classified according to science. He will teach us how to notice the presence of a mental illness by listening carefully to phraseology, observing behavior, and asking discerning questions. He will also discuss methods of treatment, common religious concerns about mental health, and ways church communities can support people on the road to recovery.
Cara Whitney grew up on a cattle farm in Northern Wisconsin. After spending a decade as a radio personality in markets that included Las Vegas, she found herself in search of that simpler life everyone talks about. She soon discovered that there is no such thing as a simple life, but instead your best lived life is one that includes a relationship with Jesus Christ. She is the author of Fields of Grace and the ECPA bestselling book Unbridled Faith and has appeared on Fox and Friends and RFD-TV, among others. Cara lives with her husband Dan (“Larry the Cable Guy”) and two kids on a horse farm in Nebraska.
Matthew S. Stanford, PhD is CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute (HHCI) in Houston, TX and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital Institute for Academic Medicine. Dr. Stanford’s research on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Christianity Today, and U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Stanford earned his doctoral degree in behavioral neuroscience at Baylor University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Professionally he has worked with a variety of mentally ill clients, including those with aggression, personality disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance dependence, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.