Psych Section: Depression Conference

October 27, 2018 – 

Yorba Linda, California

Depression is declared as the most disabling illness worldwide by the World Health Organization.  Its effects are not only emotional and relational, but physical and spiritual as well.

The medical and psychiatric communities are now partnering with the church to reduce suffering and facilitate professional treatment of mental illness, including depression. The church is poised to be a major community lead to identify, support, minister to and refer those with depression to appropriate care. This conference brings together mental health professionals, pastoral leaders and local leading psychiatrists of faith who see their missions come together, to love God and others. This day will provide updated information on depression, its medical treatments, community resources and efforts of the church to provide competent support and referral to professional care, while being the “light” of spiritual direction during these times of suffering and darkness of the soul.

Registration Information

Register Online Here

Pay online: $10.00


Peggy Kasper

Other Details: Registrants can bring unnamed guests

Venue Information

Friends Church Chapel
5211 Lakeview Ave
Yorba Linda, CA 92886




8:30-08:45       Matthew Cork (Senior Pastor FCYL): Welcome & Introductions

08:45-09:15     Tim Garvey, MD (adult psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente): Depression in Adults

09:15-09:45     Wayne Nguyen, MD (CHOC inpatient medical director): Depression in Children and        Teens

09:45-10:15     Karla Downing, LMFT (author, speaker, therapist): Depression in Women

10:15-10:30     Break

10:30-11:00     Kevin Van Lant, PhD (CIFT, Talbot Seminary): Training the Church

11:00-11:30     Tom Okamoto, MD (psychiatrist, speaker): Translating Depression and Church

11:30-12:00     Pastor Chris Ward (Teaching Pastor FCYL): Depression and the Church

12:00-1:00       Lunch (Resource tables open)

1:00-1:30         Bob Baker, MFT (fmr Saddleback Care pastor): Models for Church-Depression Care

1:30-2:15         Resource Panel: CHOC BH Svcs, Loma Linda BH Svcs, NAMI, Orange County BH Svcs

2:15-2:50         Q & A

2:50-3:00         Wrap up: Conference Conclusion

3:00-4:00         Resource Table Open