Clergy Wellness Webinar

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada hosted a webinar on January 20, 2016, with Wanda Malcolm and Mark Vander Vennen. The webinar focussed on what is the state of mental and emotional health of our clergy in Canada? What does wellbeing look like in a busy pastoral life that is often full of demands and ripe for burn-out? How can churches care better for their ministry leaders? To listen to the full webinar, visit this link.

For more information on Shalem’s Clergy Care program click here.

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Men and Depression Podcast

Shalem’s Mark Vander Vennen was interviewed by Kirk Giles, Executive Director of Promise Keepers Canada, for a Promise Keepers podcast about “Men and Depression”. You can listen to the podcast hereThe interview is a follow-up to Mark’s recent Shalem Digest article entitled “What’s Going On With Men Today?”, available here.


Mark Vander Vennen appears on “Jim Cantelon Today”

Executive Director Mark Vander Vennen has made two recent appearances on the television show “Jim Cantelon Today”. Mark’s interview about “Christmas and Depression”—the reality that for many people Christmas is not a happy time—aired on November 30. On the show which aired on January 5, Jim has a conversation with Mark about Mark’s co-authored book Hope in Troubled Times: A New Vision for Confronting Global Crises, Foreword by Desmond Tutu.

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The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Sexual Abuse: Hope Through Trauma

Shalem’s FaithCARE (Faith Communities Affirming Restorative Experiences) program has been extensively profiled in a major new book! The book, called The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Sexual Abuse: Hope Through Trauma, is the newest addition to the internationally regarded “Little Book” series on restorative practice and conflict transformation. Written by Shalem colleague Judah Oudshoorn, with support from another Shalem colleague, Michelle Jackett, FaithCARE’s work is used as a primary source for the book’s chapter entitled “Communities: A Case Study”. The book itself is an outstanding addition to the restorative justice literature and helps to fill a gap in that literature. We highly recommend it!


Restorative Theory In Practice: Insights Into What Works And Why

Shalem’s Executive Director Mark Vander Vennen has just had a chapter published in a new landmark book about restorative justice.  The book is called Restorative Theory In Practice: Insights Into What Works And Why, edited by internationally renowned restorative justice practitioner Belinda Hopkins. Mark’s chapter, called “Towards a Relational Theory of Restorative Justice”, explores how “attachment theory”, which undergirds our attachment psychotherapy work at Shalem, can enhance the theoretical understanding of why restorative justice is effective. The chapter represents a milestone in both our attachment and restorative practice activities at Shalem—and especially at understanding the deep the links between them. It is also a reflection of the increasing hearing that Shalem is receiving in the mental health world.

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