Addressing Religious Diversity in Mental Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities

Lynn Stoller, MA
The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Religion and culture influence how consumers view the world around them, which results in a unique relationship between religiosity and the field of mental health. However, according to a national survey only 17% of social workers believe they have the knowledge to effectively address the topic of religion with clients. Through a combination of group discussion, activities and didactic presentation, this workshop will explore why religious diversity needs to be addressed in mental health care, when and how it comes up, and how to effectively and respectfully communicate with clients around this sensitive topic.


  • Gain a basic knowledge and understanding of demographic trends impacting religious diversity and adherence in the United States and New Jersey.
  • Recognize how our own religiosity, or lack thereof, impacts our perceptions of and interactions with others.
  • Identify in what way religion impacts how mental health is perceived and addressed from a client and clinician perspective.
  • Attain a basic understanding of strategies and skill sets for addressing challenges and leveraging opportunities around the topic of religion as it relates to mental health.
  • Establish in what context, and to what extent, it is appropriate to discuss the topic of religion with patients.

Location: Morris County Public Library, 30 East Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ 07981

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014                    Time: 9:30a.m. – 3:30p.m.
Registration and coffee/tea service will take place from 9:30 – 10:00a.m. The training itself will begin promptly at 10:00a.m. Lunch will be provided.

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, Case Managers. This training is a beginner level training.

CEUs: Social workers will receive 5 CEUs in cultural competence.
FAMILYConnections is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (provider #1252) and by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider program (provider #6604).

In accordance with ASWB and NBCC guidelines, all participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Directions and Parking Information: Please visit: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until April 11, 2014. After April 11th, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $25 fee.

Registration for this training is full and has been closed.
To register for the waitlist, please click here.

Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefitting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 3 registrants per agency. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 3 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the Priority Registration deadline on April 11th.

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