Mental Health Ministry Initiative (MHMI) – a collaboration of Samaritan and NAMI Fox Valley – improves regional mental health by equipping faith leaders to minister to mental health needs in their faith communities.
Mental Health Ministry Initiative (MHMI) prepares professional and volunteer faith leaders through a three-level tier training program for encounters in their faith communities with those suffering from mental health issues. It equips them as mental health “first responders” and empowers them to normalize mental health, shifting the culture of secrecy, stigma and self-blame that can lead to silent suffering and even suicide.
Samaritan Counseling, through therapist Doug Bisbee, also provides these services under the Mental Health Ministry Initiative umbrella:
Clergy groups: Facilitated groups that support clergy members and train them to be more effective leaders. This is a self-pay service.
Clergy coaching: Meet individually with clergy and other faith leaders regarding vocational issues and goal setting. This is a self-pay service.
Pre-marital/Marital counseling: Series of four sessions helps couples prepare for marriage and improve marital satisfaction. Participants use the Prepare and Enrich Inventory to explore the dynamics of their relationship through the lens of family background and personality traits. Premarital counseling is facilitated by one of our state licensed counselors. These are self-pay services.
Doug Bisbee, M.Div., MAC, LPC
Doug Bisbee is a therapist at Samaritan Counseling and coordinates Samaritan’s Mental Health Ministry Initiative services. He served for more than 20 years in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as an associate pastor, solo pastor, mission developer, associate with the bishop, pastoral candidacy director, mission director, senior pastor and pastoral internship supervisor.
Doug is a certified Healthy Congregations Facilitator and a graduate of the Grace Institute of Spiritual Formation.
The Mental Health Ministry Initiative is a collaboration between Samaritan Counseling Center and NAMI Fox Valley.