Third Annual CDSP/Diocese of California Youth Ministry Day

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Saturday March 14, 2015, 10:00 – 4:00

"Walking Among Stones of Fire"
Crisis, Inclusion, and Healing with Youth and their Families

A day of presentations, workshops, and conversations dedicated to developing the skills to support young people and their families in the community of faith, particularly those on the autism spectrum and those struggling with emotional and spiritual crises of health and wholeness. Parents, youth ministers, clergy, teachers and anyone who works with or cares about young people are invited to take part.

$25 including lunch. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need childcare for a toddler or preschooler.


Morning Workshops

Marcella Raimondo: Eating Disorders


Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH, is a passionate and spirited clinical trainer- speaking on a topic that comes from her heart, multicultural issues in eating disorders. She has delivered over 100 clinical and community trainings at colleges and universities, mental and public health agencies, and professional eating disorder conferences since 1995. Marcella has a professional background in developing public health programs for Kaiser Permanente. She was also a key member of About-Face, a nonprofit organization devoted to addressing the media's effect on body image, where she was part of the infrastructure building. Marcella herself recovered from anorexia nervosa over 15 years ago. Her personal road to recovery along with her martial arts training of over 11 years has inspired a dedication to body nurturance and celebration.

James Kirkham: Suicide Assessment and Prevention


James Kirkham, MFT, is an experienced, creative and solutions-oriented Supervisor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a demonstrated track record of success overseeing and providing evidenced-based programs and therapy to individuals and families, including at-risk youth from diverse populations and a broad-range of ages, cultural backgrounds, socio-economic status and family structures, in one-on-one and group settings. He has over 17 years of experience in counseling children and youth suffering from emotional disturbance, mental illness, addiction, or abuse, and is currently the Supervisor for Multisystemic Therapy at the Seneca Family of Agencies, based in San Leandro.

National Alliance for Mental Illness: Mental Illness, Youth, and Families

In this workshop developed by the National Alliance for Mental Illness, a facilitator will help identify the early warning signs of mental illness; a parent or caregiver of a child with mental illness covers the predictable stages of emotional reactions among family members dealing with the challenges of mental illness and the lived experience of raising a child with a mental illness; and a mental health consumer that experienced the early onset of mental illness shares a view from the inside. The National Alliance for Mental Illness is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

Afternoon Panel: Autism and Inclusion in the Congregation

Keynote: Principles of Pastoral Care with Youth