Workshop and Seminar Speakers
Registered Nurse: Mental Health
Rebecca has been working in the mental health field since she graduated from University. She has a strong passion for working with those who are suffering with mental illness. Her faith in God has helped her bring light into dark places.
“I am nurse practitioner with a doctorate in forensics from the University of Tennessee. I am a wife, mother of three, and a child of God. Through my life I have experienced God’s provision during exacerbations of ptsd, depression, and anxiety and feel called to walk with others during their journey. “
A pastor of 25 years, works with people on the fringe, 3 years in the development sector with high behavior aggressive men, Therapeutic rec with Good Shepherd with people with mental illness, 10 years at the Barrett Centre for crisis support; 2 years concurrent disorders and 3 years Crisis outreach and support team
Social Worker, Mental Health First Aid Trainer
Leah has worked in the social services field for close to twenty years. She began her career supporting children with exceptionalities in the school board and Autism Ontario programs. The last 18 years have been spent focusing on adults with a dual diagnosis and mental health challenges with a specialization in trauma. She has worked for both Bethesda Services and the Canadian Mental Health Association with COAST, Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team, and their Safe Beds program. She has been teaching Mental Health First Aid for almost ten years to audiences across the province.
Registered Social Worker, Retired.
Greg holds a Master of Social Work degree and is recently retired from a twenty-one-year career as a mental health therapist in both inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics. He can relate to struggles with anxiety and depression, as well as childhood sexual abuse. Greg desires to walk this journey with those struggling with mental health and to help the church pursue this goal also. His passion is to assist others in exploring how God desires relationship with us in order to bring hope and purpose to our lives in that mental health journey.
Registered Psychotherapist, Mental Health First Aid Trainer
Laura is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has her B.A in Psychology and M.A in Mental Health Counselling. She has been working in the mental health field for over ten years and spent the majority of her career as a mental health crisis worker for COAST (Crisis Outreach And Support Team). Laura is passionate about educating individuals to help decrease the stigma associated with mental health. She uses the knowledge gained as a front-line crisis worker to enhance the training she provides in the community. She is a Mental Health First Aid trainer and is also a member of the Niagara Suicide Prevention Collation. Currently, Laura has her own private practice and is a college professor.
KAREN AND ALICIA PENTAL
Living with Hope after the Crisis
Karen and Alicia are a mother-daughter team whose goal is to share their experience of hope and living with those who have experienced life-changing struggles. Karen is a mother of 4, a seasoned Registered Nurse and prayer team member with a passion for seeing sustained mental health 'after the crisis'.
Alicia is a grade 11 student who loves to sing, play instruments and dance. She is passionate about helping other teens work through and overcome anxiety and or depression in any way she can. With the help of many, she has learned ways to cope and grow through her struggles. She is learning to use her creativity and insight to help others.
ALLEN KLEINE DETERS
Ordained Pastor, MDiv, Clergy Coach
Allen has been pastoring for more than 33 years in the areas covering youth ministry to worship, and church planting. His heart is to see the church make true disciples who reflect Christ in every way on mission for the kingdom. His journey has taken him through the dark places of depression, burnout and compassion fatigue. He is a pastor of pastors particularly in the area of mental health concerns associated with the ministry, consulting and coaching church leaders and pastors toward greater awareness, support, healing, and healthier church systems.