THE SANCTUARY COURSE

about the course

The Sanctuary Course is a small group study that runs over the course of eight weeks, taking participants on a journey of discussing faith and mental health in community. The sessions are designed to be read, processed, and responded to during the small group time and cover themes such as:

Each theme is explored from a psychological, social, and theological perspective, and 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.

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

Each theme is explored from a psychological, social, and theological perspective, and 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.

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

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 engage interactively with the content and process the reading personally. These questions are not mandatory—they are simply invitations to prompt sharing and discussion amongst the group.

FILMS

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

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? 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

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

CONTRIBUTORS

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

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

For $100, 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 videos (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.

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

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