Mental Health & Church Life Course Registration
Thank you for your interest in this Course on Mental Health and Church Life!

As of June 11th, WE HAVE CURRENTLY REACHED OUR REGISTRATION LIMIT.  You are still most welcome to complete the registration, and you will be added to a waiting list.  We hope to be able to make the course available to those who are on the waiting list.

This opportunity is offered through partnership with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Life, Justice, and Peace and the Fiat Program on Faith and Mental Health at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

The course is a special opportunity for anyone serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who is interested in learning more about mental health and Church life. The course supports participants in understanding mental health and identifying concrete ways to strengthen communities Hope and belonging among those you serve. No prior knowledge of mental health is necessary to take part.

Course Details
A 10-week course about mental health and the Catholic faith, offered through the University of Notre Dame.

September 30 — December 6, 2024.  Opening retreat on September 21st.


Weekly lectures address key questions and challenges that lay and ordained ministers face when caring for those with mental health challenges, including:

  • What is mental health?
  • Why does God allow suffering?
  • How do I support a parishioner impacted by trauma, mental illness, or addiction?
  • How do I help someone experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm?

Weekly small-group discussions, facilitated by ministers from the Archdiocese, offer a chance to think together about applying what you learn to your ministry.

  • Listen to video lectures at any time.
  • Weekly small-group discussions are scheduled based on your availability.

We invite you to complete the application below.  Please contact Beth Hlabse ( with questions and / or for further information. Please respond by July 1st, 2024.

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Name: *

What is your current place of ministry?

In which city is your ministry/school located? *
In which pastoral region is your ministry/school located? *
In one to two paragraphs, please describe why you are interested in participating in the course and how you to hope to apply what you learn to your current ministry/school context. *
The course invites you into a process of interpersonal growth, involving reflection on your spiritual and emotional life and your patterns of relating with others. What hopes and/or concerns do you have about the reflective nature of this course?

The course takes place over 10 weeks from September 30th - December 6th, 2024.

Each week, you are asked to participate in a 60-minute small-group discussion over Zoom to dialogue with other participants about what you are learning and how you hope to apply what you learn in your ministry/school.  Discussions will be facilitated by lay ministers from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Most discussions will take place over Zoom. If possible, we hope to arrange for 2 of the discussions to take place in person.

Please share your availability for the small-group discussions:

If you selected a weekday option, please select which days of the week you are available: *
Class assignments include readings, podcasts, discussion posts, and integration exercises.  We estimate total time dedicated to class approx. 4-5 hours/week. Do you anticipate being able to dedicate this time to class meetings and assignments? *
Would you prefer to take part in a small-group discussion in a language other than English? *
We ask that participants have the support of their supervisor in order to dedicate the time to the course assignments and meetings.  Do you anticipate any concerns in obtaining your supervisors' support?
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Have you had prior training, education, or experience in the areas of psychology and mental health? *
Please add any additional feedback / information you'd like to share.
Do you belong to a parish within the archdiocese? If so, what is your home parish? (Name, City) *
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