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Envisioning a Better Future for Those Living with Mental Illness and Their Families

October 24, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm



The numbers are truly overwhelming. In the United States, one out of every five adults struggles with a mental disorder in a given year. The annual prevalence of mental illness in adolescents 13 to 17 years old is even greater. More disturbing is the fact that 60% of adults and 50% of children/adolescents diagnosed with a mental disorder receive no treatment. In this presentation Dr. Stanford will discuss the Christian church’s historical role in the care of those with mental illness and give an update on the Hope and Healing Center & Institute’s progress in increasing access to care in the greater Houston area.

1.5 CEUs offered for LPC, LMFT, LCSW, and Clinical Psychologist.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES PRIOR TO THE EVENT. Check in will begin 15 minutes prior to the program beginning.  Due to video filming, late attendees will be asked to view the presentation in the Green Room.


Matthew S. Stanford, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Hope and Healing Center & Institute

Matthew S. Stanford, PhD is CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute (HHCI) in Houston, Texas and adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine and the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. Formerly Professor
of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Studies at Baylor University (2003-2015) and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Orleans (1994-2003), he has served the academic community in a variety of leadership positions including institutional review board chair, graduate program director, and department chair.

A Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, he is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience. His research on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith has been featured in such national publications as The New York Times, USA Today, and Christianity Today, as well as many news websites including Fox, MSNBC, Yahoo!, and US News & World Report. Dr. Stanford is the author of two books, Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness (InterVarsity Press, 2008) and The Biology of Sin: Grace Hope and Healing for Those Who Feel Trapped (InterVarsity Press, 2011).

Dr. Stanford earned his doctoral degree in behavioral neuroscience at Baylor University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Professionally he has worked with a variety of mentally ill, including those with aggression, personality disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, stroke, substance dependence, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and traumatic brain injury.

Prior to coming to the HHCI, Dr. Stanford co-founded and served as the executive director of the Grace Alliance, a faith-based, non-profit mental health organization that provides services and support to individuals living with serious mental illness and their families. Presently he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Family and Community Ministries and Behavioral Sciences and the Law, and is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Mental Health Advisory Group, and the American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Institute Advisory Council.

Matt and his wife, Julie, are the parents of four children and reside in Houston, Texas.


October 24, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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717 Sage Road
Houston, TX 77056 United States
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