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Education and Training

Clergy Mental Health Collaborative (CMHC)

Facilitated by John S. Walker, MDiv, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry (Adjunct). Formed in the early Fall of 2017, the CMHC meets monthly at various sites to have lunch and to plan events for community participation. It is a team of approximately 8-10 black pastors working together to address issues critical to the community; particularly regarding the overall health of the poor community, especially mental health. Public events to raise awareness and provide resources have been their focus including:

  • The group implemented a health event in 2018 at one of the participating churches.
  • On Thursday, October 3, 2019 they sponsored a panel discussion on African American protest literature featuring the writings of Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Toni Morrison. The panel brought to light aspects of each writer’s views on mental health.
  • The CMHC is currently planning a public event on suicide prevention for May 2021 to be held in the Black community.

Renewing of the Mind (ROM)

ROM is a free class for community clergy, pastoral leaders, and members of faith communities with a heart for mental health. This class supports those with a desire to increase community mental wellness with a particular focus on promoting physical, psychological, and spiritual wellness for people of color. The course covers many topics related to mental health, including the referral process, depression, substance abuse, domestic violence, and much more. Pastoral leaders, lay health ministers, or congregation members are often best situated to promote mental wellness in their congregations and reduce the stigma of mental illness in their faith communities.

Class Info and Registration

Classes start September 28, 2019 and are on the 4th Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Register by September 16 at For 2019, we will be taking ROM out into the community. A calendar of future locations will be distributed at the first session. Any questions can be directed to or calling (585) 275-3571. 

Our 2019 ROM brochure can be found here. 

Learn more about ROM in this video:

Brown Bag Summer Series

Brown Bag Summer Series takes place when the academic Grand Rounds recess for the summer, and is more acutely focused on diversity learning and awareness. Community partners are welcome to not only join, but also to present. Thus, the Summer Series relies heavily on partnerships throughout and beyond the University. For more information, call (585) 275-3571.

Community Scholars Award

In 2016, Rev. John Walker, MDiv, PhD, joined Psychiatry to advance his scholarship in mental health and to open up the curriculum and training the UR offers to community voices. In partial completion of this award, Dr. Walker led a course on Poverty and Mental Health that is now available for viewing:

Safety and Violence Education

Mental health professionals often work with patients who have risk factors for violence. The goals of this training are to disseminate experiences derived from work with dually diagnosed patients from Project Link, a nationally recognized Assertive Community Treatment team located in Upstate New York. Learn more about Safety and Violence Education.