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Education and Training

Community Counts

Community Counts is a year-round forum to support partnerships with communities and institutions. These luncheons are held five times per year and community partners are invited to lead, attend, learn and contribute to the discussion. Topics are wide-ranging with the overarching goal of promoting community mental wellness, including recovery, utilization of social media for suicide prevention, and more. Community Counts also allows time for community partners to network with each other and with our academic community, and to connect to a wide set of services offered. For more information, call (585) 275-3571 or see our Events calendar.

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:


Innovation Award

The Innovation Award is a small seed grant to promote innovations in community scholarship. See prior awardees.

Community Partnership Development Award (CPDA)

The Community Partnership Development Award is awarded to faculty-community teams to pursue new collaborations that aim to improve the mental health of community populations. View past CPDA winners.

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.