Our 5th Annual Faith and Mental Health Conference has been postponed until 2021. Please look our for an announcement of the rescheduled date in the near future.
"Bridging the Gap Between Faith and Mental Health"
Excerpts from our 4th Annual Faith and Mental Health Conference
Mistress of Ceremonies
Diane Holland, BELTED
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Our 3rd Annual Faith and Mental Health Conference Particpants included:
Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley
The Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley was born in Wichita, Kansas; grew up in California, and graduated from high school in Denver, Colorado. He was recruited to play basketball for Tennessee State University where he became a student leader in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. Upon earning a degree in psychology, Dr. Durley became one of the first U.S. Peace Corp volunteers to serve in Nigeria. Upon leaving Nigeria he relocated to Switzerland and played basketball for a National Swiss team while completing post graduate studies. After arriving back in America, Dr. Durley enrolled at the Howard University School of Divinity and earned the Master of Divinity. After 25 years of service, he retired as the pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church and is currently the Pastor Emeritus.
While serving as pastor, he became intensely involved in the climate change, global warming, and environmental justice movement. Rev. Dr. Durley now combines the disciplines of faith and science with the lessons learned as a civil/human rights advocate from the 1960’s. He believes that God created a perfect ecologically balanced world for humans to care for, but we are destroying it at an alarming rate. He asserts that for the environment to be saved, the educational, scientific, business, political, and faith communities must seek common solutions.
He has been married for almost 50 years to his wife, Muriel. They have two children and four grandchildren. His autobiography, I Am Amazed, is available at Amazon.
The Honorable Angela Alsobrooks
A proud, life-long Prince Georgian, Angela was raised in Camp Springs and now resides in Upper Marlboro with her daughter, Alex.
A graduate of the University of Maryland Law School, Angela became Prince George’s County Assistant State’s Attorney in 1997, eventually becoming the county’s first full-time prosecutor assigned to handle domestic violence cases where she tried, and successfully prosecuted scores of cases against violent offenders.
In 2010, overcoming a two-percent name recognition against a field of candidates who had all run for public office previously, Angela, by an overwhelming margin, was elected to serve as the county’s State’s Attorney, becoming the youngest and first woman to be elected to the office in Prince George’s County.
As State’s Attorney, Angela leads a staff of 100 attorneys and 110 professional administrative staff responsible for prosecuting people accused of committing crimes. As the county’s top law enforcement official, Angela plays a key role in public safety and strives to carry out her responsibilities in a firm, fair and consistent manner.She has increased the office’s budget by 40% and successfully fought for additional resources to ensure the office could appropriately support the needs of the community. A hallmark of Angela’s approach as State’s Attorney is to engage the community to prevent further crime. Alsobrooks has created a truancy reduction initiative that works with schools to keep kids on the right path and she started a program called Back on Track – Prince George’s aimed at giving low-level, non-violent offenders a second chance in the community.
Doreen Gentzler is an American news anchor who anchors News4 at 6pm as well as News4 at 11pm for WRC-TV. She also serves as the channel’s medical reporter, documenting health reports for all of the channel’s newscasts. In her award-winning ‘4 Your Health’ segments, she has brought the audience into hospitals and shown them the latest medical technology.
Starting her career with Georgia Public Broadcasting's show ‘The Lawmakers’, Gentzler first served as an anchor for WKYC-TV. She spent many years honing her anchoring and reporting skills in Charlotte, Cleveland, Chattanooga and Philadelphia before joining NBC4.
Talking about the American news anchor’s awards and honours, she won three Emmy awards for anchoring and reporting and three Emmy awards for news writing while in Cleveland. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Gentzler is a married woman and a mother of two. She is moderately active on the social networking sites, Twitter and Facebook.
Doreen Gentzler launched a mental health awareness campaign, Changing Minds, in 2014 to shine a spotlight on mental health issues.
Memories from our
2nd Annual Faith and Mental Health Conference
1st Annual Faith and Mental Health Conference Photos
ARTICLES ABOUT OUR FIRST ANNUAL FAITH AND MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE
OUR FIRST ANNUAL FAITH AND MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!!
Front Row - from left to right; Rev. Kim Moss, Florencia Gonzalez, Rev. Jamila Woods-Jones, Candice Camille, Rev. John Welch
Back Row - from left to right; Minister Shanida Blades, Dr. Jenelle Walker, Dr. Taunya Tinsley, Rev. Nathaniel Thomas, Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble
Conference Speaker, Rev. Dr. Andre Ivy, First Baptist Church of Marshall Heights (Washington, DC) speaks on "Myths, Mindsets, Ministry, and Mental Health”
On Friday, September 9, 2016, Gabriel's Lyric Therapeutic Services: Faith and Mental Health Initiative, presented their First Annual Faith and Mental Health Conference. The conference was coordinated, in conjunction with the Partnership for Renewal in Southern and Central Maryland (PRISCM) and the New Creation Community Improvement Corporation. The conference was held at the Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal AME church, located in Brandywine, Maryland.
Gabriels Lyric Therapeutic Services, LLC, First Annual Faith and Mental Health Conference, is an Annual event, and is a part of the non-profit arm of the organization, entitled, "The Faith and Mental Health Initiative." This phenomenal Conference brought various pastors, denominations, mental health professionals, community leaders and organizations together to discuss how the faith community and mental health professionals can work together to form sustainable and effective relationships.
The rich diversity of Speakers, Panelists and Facilitators included Dr. Alfie Breland–Noble, a Psychiatrist from Georgetown University (Washington DC); Dr. Taunya Tinsley, Owner of Transitions Counseling Services (Pittsburgh, PA) and Professor at Waynesboro University, PA; Dr. Jenelle Walker, Hampton University Minority Men's Health Initiative; Reverend Kim Moss, Social Worker and Pastor of the Mt. Pisgah AME Church (Hickory, North Carolina); Minister Shanida Blades, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and member of the Potter's House (Dallas Texas); Reverend Dr. Nancy T. Lee, Registered Nurse and Minister at the Community of Hope AME Church (Marlow Heights, Maryland); Dr. Gwen Jones, Registered Nurse and Health Ministry Organizer; Patricia Morris, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Rev. Dr. Andre IV, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Marshall Heights (Washington, DC), Reverend Donald Marbury, Pastor of the Ebeneezer AME Church (Brunswick, Maryland); Candice Camille, Wellogist; Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George's County, Maryland State's Attorney; and Rushern Baker, Prince George's County Executive.
In addition to the clergy, community organizations, and community members attending the conference, Gabriel's Lyric Therapeutic Services was extremely pleased that numerous Elected Officials attend the event. These Elected Officials included Delegate Susie Proctor, Legislative district 27A, Delegate Angela Angel, Legislative District 25, and Delegate Tony Knotts, Legislative District 26. Additionally, Prince Georges County Democratic Central Committee member, Belinda Queen-Howard, Legislative District 25, was also in attendance.
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Rev. Jamila Woods
Rev. Donald Marbury
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2016 SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
Gabriel's Lyric Therapeutic Services, LLC was excited to be invited to participate in the 2016 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) sponsored by the DC Department of Employment Services and the Prince George's County, MD Government. Five youth from the District of Columbia, along with three youth from Prince George's County, MD, will work with us for a total of seven weeks.
GLTSLLC is currently hosting the SYEP, in conjunction with the Partnership for Renewal in Southern and Central Maryland (PRISCM), where Ethel Shephard-Powell is the President, and the New Creation Community Improvement Program (CIP), under the leadership of Rev. Anthony Young. The primary focus of GLTSLLC's efforts with the SYEP work has been preparation for our upcoming 1st Annual Faith and Mental Health Conference on September 9, 2016, at the Ark of Safety Christian Church (where Bishop C. Anthony Muse is the Pastor) in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Additionally, the youth will invite and schedule churches to complete our Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification training.
On Monday, May 23, 2016, GLTS Staff members Doris Brown, Vernita Grimes, Leonard Corbin (phototo to the right) and Jamila Woods-Jones, participated in the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Expo at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Despite being told that it was unlikely that youth would voluntarily visit our table and agree to an interview, our innovative and energetic staff were very proactive, engaging the youth directly. This resulted in live onsite interviews, with 11 prospective employees identified. Youth from the DC SYEP will be working from June 27 – August 5, 2016.
2017 SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
Gabriel's Lyric Therapeutic Services, LLC was excited to be invited back to participate in the 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) sponsored by the DC Department of Employment Services and the Prince George's County, MD Government. Five youth from the District of Columbia, along with three youth from Prince George's County, MD, will work with us for a total of seven weeks.
The Summer Youth Employees will be working out of "Not About Me Ministries," located in Temple Hills, MD. Bishop Ronald Taylor I is the Pastor.
GLTSLLC is hosting the SYEP, in conjunction with the New Community Improvement Program (CIP), under the leadership of Rev. Anthony Young, Pastor of New Creation AME Church, Ft. Washington, MD. The primary focus of GLTSLLC's efforts with the SYEP work has been preparation for our upcoming 2nd Annual Faith and Mental Health Conference on September 9, 2017, at Largo Community Church, located in Bowie, MD.
Gabriel's Lyric Therapeutic Services' Staff participated in a Panel during this year's 102nd Annual Hampton University's Minister Conference
Rev. Jamila Woods-Jones was honored to serve on a Panel entitled "Modeling the Message of Health: You Can't afford Not To," during the 102nd Annual Hampton University Minister's Conference. The Panel took place Tuesday, June 7 - 9, 2016, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. daily. The Panel was sponsored by the Hampton University Minority Men’s Health Initiative, Church-Academy-Community Partnership.
Participants in the Panel included Rev. Dr. Robert E. Young, Pastor of the Mt. Olivet Baptist church (Peekskill, NY), Dr. Danny F. Ellis, Mini Lecturer (Wilson, NC), Rev. Clifton Morgan (Aurora, CO), Dr. Shirley M. Timmons, Mini Lecturer (Clemson, SC), Dr. Anthony P. Young (Colorado Springs, CO), Dr. Taunya Marie Tinsley (Pittsburgh, PA), Dr. Nancy Lee, Community of Hope AME church (Temple Hills, MD) and Gabriel's Lyric Therapeutic Services, LLC's own Rev. Jamila Woods-Jones.
The panelists discussed optimal health, which includes a balance of physical, spiritual and mental health. The panel presented health from a biblical perspective while specifically, examining aspects of health such as mental health, healthy lifestyle behaviors (exercise and diet) and research within ministries. Participants discussed topics and responded to questions from Panel attendees each day. Church leaders received information that they can apply to themselves and provide to their ministries. The Panel was well-attended and the participants were very engaged in the conversations.