By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Jeffrey Andreas Tan, a licensed psychologist at Cal State San Bernardino’s Counseling and Psychological Services, was one of the presenters at the San Bernardino Diocese’s inaugural Behavioral and Mental Health Conference.
The conference, “Spirituality and Behavioral Health: A Call to Awareness, Assessment and Advocacy,” was held May 13 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in San Bernardino, and invited clergy, church staff and lay leaders in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
“This first inaugural Behavioral Health Conference is intended to increase the connection between mental health and spirituality,” said Tan.
“In our commitment to serving our greater community and the students that live and come from our communities and churches of our area, this event will increase the overall mental and behavioral knowledge, awareness, and skills of those who serve our community through the Diocese of San Bernardino,” he said.
Tan facilitated a breakout session, “Recognizing and Dealing with Depression,” which provided a brief overview of the causes, predispositions, symptoms and signs of depression. Other elements of his presentation included a discussion on managing depression (talk therapy and medication) within a cultural perspective, and myths and facts about depression.
Tan, who has been a CSUSB tenured counselor faculty since 2012, has also facilitated the campus groups Veterans Therapy Group, the LGBTQQIA Therapy Group and the Adults Molested as Children Therapy Group. He received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The conference included 10 subject-matter experts from throughout the state of California, a panel of more than seven experts, and two testimonials from speakers who have survived their own plight with mental illness.
In addition to the main sponsorship of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, other co-sponsors included Cal State San Bernardino’s Counseling and Psychological Services department (CAPS), San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, Loma Linda University Health, St. Joseph Health, Riverside County Department of Mental Health, The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), Catholic Charities and Christian Counseling Services.