THE SANCTUARY COURSE

Including audiobook with Hillary McBride

about the course

Who should participate in this course?

People with questions about mental health…
Mental health professionals with a wealth of knowledge to share…
Leaders who want to engage their community in mental health conversations…
People supporting loved ones with mental health problems…
People living with mental health problems…

The Sanctuary Course is for anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. It requires no previous training or expertise—just a willingness to engage in dialogue with other believers.

How does it work?

The Sanctuary Course is an eight-week study guide for small groups. Each week participants will gather together, read through the content out loud or listen to it on audiobook, watch a film, and engage in conversation, reflection, and prayer. The course is designed to be run by small-group leaders in your church or organization.

For more information on how the course is designed to run, please see our FAQ page.

What does it cover?

Over the course of the eight weeks, participants will explore topics such as:

  • Understanding mental health and illness
  • Challenging stigma
  • The recovery journey
  • Companionship
  • Self-care
  • The role of community in mental health recovery

Each topic is explored from a psychological, social, and theological perspective. Additionally, each session is accompanied by a compelling film featuring the story of an individual who has journeyed through mental health challenges as a person of faith.

COURSE STRUCTURE

EIGHT TOPICS

You will explore the opportunity for Christian engagement in the mental health conversation, expand your understanding of mental health, examine the realities of mental illness, consider the effects of stigma, define the principles and processes of recovery, reflect on the importance of companionship, learn about self-care, and discuss ways that your community can support mental health.

DISCUSSION

Each session includes several discussion questions designed to help you and your group engage interactively with the content and process the reading. There are also opportunities for you to
reflect more personally on the topics through suggested spiritual practices and prayer.

FILMS

Each session includes a short film where people of faith share personal stories about mental health and mental illness.

GROUP GUIDELINES

The Sanctuary Course comes with carefully thought-out group guidelines. These guidelines are designed to help create an atmosphere of safety and respect in your group. 

SAMPLE SESSION

Want to know what a typical small-group session looks like? Subscribe to our email list to download a sample and experience the integration of faith and psychology for yourself!

Session 4 examines the effects of stigma on individuals with mental health problems, identifies the social and cultural processes that produce stigma, and looks at the response to stigma contained in the gospel.

The film accompanying Session 4 shares the story of April, who lives with bipolar disorder.

CONTRIBUTORS

Hillary McBride
Registered clinical counsellor and host on the Liturgists podcast
Professor John Swinton
University of Aberdeen
Professor Ross Hastings
Regent College
Lee Kosa
Lead Pastor, Cedar Park Church, Ladner
Sue Nickel
Trained nurse, counsellor, author of Be Held
Darrell Johnson
Pastor, author, teaching fellow - Regent College
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  • Hillary McBride – Registered Clinical Counsellor and host on The Liturgists Podcast
  • Professor John Swinton – University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Ross Hastings  – Regent College
  • Pastor Lee Kosa, M Div – Lead Pastor, Cedar Park Church
  • Sue Nickel – Nurse, Counsellor, author of Be Held
  • Darrell Johnson – Pastor, author, teaching fellow at Regent College

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

For $100 (CAD), you can download The Sanctuary Course for use in your church or parish. This fee includes digital access to the course for each of your participants as well as access to the course films (currently available in English only). Your group members may choose to access the course on their devices or to print paper copies. If you or your community would benefit from a concession rate, please contact us at support@sanctuarymentalhealth.org. If you have received a discount code, you can enter the code at the top of the page during the checkout process (before completing your purchase). 

All the materials necessary for running the course are included in the download.

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