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Project Bridges LBC | Capital Seminar Series
October 28
9 00 AM to 3 00 PM

Demons at the Door: Faith and Mental Illness in Communities of Color

For many people of color, faith and mental health are inextricably linked. The Biblical faith woven into the fabric of ethnic culture has long been credited for preventing depression, addiction, and suicide, even under the worst life circumstances. When mental illness does strike, people of color more often use faith to both explain and respond. In most cases neither ministers nor mental health professionals are equipped to translate Biblical concepts into the language of mental illness. This 3-part seminar aims to bridge that gap.

Session I: Biblical Foundations

We will explore the temptations of Christ in the wilderness (Matt 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13) and Adam in the garden (Gen 3:1-6) to answer two critical questions:

  • What does the Bible teach us about mental distress?
  • Is there a relationship between the fall, sin and mental illness?

Session II: Mental Disorders

Having identified the scriptural truths that psychology seeks to describe, we will explain how Biblical principles translate to secular discussions about mental illness. We will clarify the difference between the brain and “the mind”. Next, basic brain and nervous system function will be described in a way that is easy to understand. Finally, we will offer an overview of the most common mental disorders.

Session III: Mental Health in Communities of Color

This session focuses on the greatest challenges to minority mental health including discrimination-related stress, violence and community trauma, and the mental disorders that men, women, and children of color are most often diagnosed with. We will describe successful treatment options and the power of a

Anita Graham PhillipsPRESENTER:

Speaker: Dr. Anita Graham-Phillips, LCSW-C
Coordinator, Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
Capital Seminary & Graduate School, Greenbelt Campus

Dr. Anita Graham-Phillips serves as Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degree program on Capital Seminary and Graduate School’s Greenbelt campus. She earned a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland, a PhD degree in Counselor Education & Supervision from the Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling, and completed a NIH-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Research at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Dr. Graham-Phillips has spent more than a decade integrating faith and mental health in individual and group work with adults confronting a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, and child sexual abuse. Her research interests are at the intersection of ethnicity, spirituality, health disparities, and cultural competency, with a specific focus on the influence of ethnic values on decision-making. She has co-authored research publications in Public Health Reports, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

 Outside of academia, Dr. Graham-Phillips works with THREAD Institute, a non-profit faith-based organization whose mission is to address mental and physical health disparities through research and community education. As a licensed minister she is especially dedicated to increasing the availability of quality professional counseling for religiously devout African Americans. She serves the Body of Christ alongside her husband, Michael Phillips who is the senior pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Baltimore, MD. They have been married for more than 20 years and have two beautiful children.


Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School
7852 Walker Drive | Greenbelt, MD 20770


Registration includes seminar course materials, a continental breakfast and lunch.

Individual Registration 
$69 per person* 
$99 per person

Group Registration (4 or more people) 
$49 per person*
$69 per person

* For members & staff of Project Bridges Member Churches & Organizations

Registration Deadline: You must register on or before Friday, October 6th. Register early, seating is limited.

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Project Bridges/LBC Seminar I
3600 Brightseat Road | Landover, MD 20785


Registration fees are nonrefundable, but are transferable. If you cannot attend, you may send a substitute.

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