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Local church to offer a one-day mental health support training class

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of those who cross your path who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders? If so, Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Hoover is offering a mental health support training class, Harbor of Hope, on April 19 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the church’s Deasy Hall. This adult class, taught by Dr. Dale Wisely, Ph.D., is designed to empower you with the knowledge, skills, and compassion to offer initial help and support to those struggling with mental health issues. Please register for this free class at

At a time when mental health challenges and substance abuse disorders are increasingly prevalent, there's a dire need for more understanding, support, and intervention. This course isn't just about learning; it's about becoming a beacon of hope and a pillar of support for those in need. Participants will learn how to understand the early indicators of key mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance abuse disorders, learn the fundamentals of responding to someone who is feeling suicidal, develop skills for empathetic and non-judgmental conversation to encourage openness and trust, and learn how to provide initial support and guide individuals towards professional help.

Class instructor Dr. Wisely, director of family life and adult education at Prince of Peace, has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 40 years. Dr. Wisely earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis. He served his clinical internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Medicine in Charleston. He also earned a master's degree in theological studies from Spring Hill College, a Jesuit college in Mobile where he serves on the adjunct faculty and co-teaches a course in psychology and spiritual direction.