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Preconvention Institutes 2021

Preconvention Institute Sessions on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 9:00 am – 4:15 pm (PT)

There are two sessions – one full-day or one half-day

  • Full-Day –  Dr. Jon Singletary: Enneagram
  • Half-Day – Dr. Carla Thornton: Faith, Policy, and Criminal Justice
  • Half-Day – Pastor David Mandani, MSW, LCSW: Mental Health in the Church         

Option #1 Full Day Session

Thursday, November 18, 2021

9am-12:15 pm and 1:00pm-4:15pm PT(6.0 CEs)

Dr. Jon Singletary

Discussion focused on the implementation of the Enneagram

The Enneagram is a spiritual tool, a symbol that is an illustration for various ways (9 ways) we connect to God, ways we can understand ourselves (aka, personality), ways we can strengthen relationships.

My favorite Enneagram metaphor is from a Christian small group study book by Alice Fryling:  A mirror for the soul!  The Enneagram is not magical or mystical, but when used by people of faith, in prayer and with discernment, it can be a mirror for the soul, a way to see ourselves more clearly, to see us the way God sees us, as beloved, and to live out that reflection in response to God’s calling, as a means for compassion and grace, in the hurting world that surrounds us!

Dr. Jon E. Singletary has been the dean of the Garland School since 2015. He previously served as Associate Dean for both undergraduate and graduate studies since 2010. He joined the faculty in 2003 after completing his Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Before coming to Baylor, Dr. Singletary was pastor of Richmond Mennonite Fellowship in Virginia. While serving as pastor, he worked with his congregation to organize a coalition to support nonviolent initiatives in the local community. Before serving as pastor, he worked as a community organizer for an agency providing healthcare to people who were homeless and for a Catholic community settlement house. He has earned an M.Div. from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and an M.S.W. from VCU.

Half-Day Option #2 Preconvention Institute                                                                                 
Thursday, November 18, 2021 9:00 am-12:15pm PT(3.0 CEs)

Dr. Carla J. Thornton

Faith, Policy and Criminal Justice

It is essential to the social work profession that we are engaged in the political process as it relates to policy development. Best practices suggest the need for a collaborative response across political systems to improve outcomes and facilitate discussions amongst political divides as it pertains to the policymaking process. This session is designed for the participant who sees social problems as fundamentally political. The purpose of this presentation is to focus on research that focuses on the use of politics and policy to create social change.  This session will describe major political social work theories, identify strategies and skills to hold and facilitate discussions across political divides and discuss the ethical responsibility of social workers to engage in political work. During the workshop, Dr. Thornton will identify the Christian worldview in relation to political systems, policy and discuss the importance of applying biblical principals to the policymaking process. In addition, we will explore the potential ethical dilemmas that social workers encounter while doing political work.

Dr. Carla J. Thornton is a city councilmember and was elected into her first four-year term in December 2018, and is the first African-American woman to serve on the Council. She serves as an Assistant Professor at California Baptist University, where she specializes in teaching social work policy, political social work and management and leadership. Dr. Thornton earned a Master of Arts degree in Management at the University of Redlands, and a Master of Social Work degree and a Doctorate of Social Work at the University of Southern California.  Her doctoral research focused on women veterans and economic- development. Dr. Thornton understands women veterans, having proudly served her country as a member of the United States Air Force for 20 years. She deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant.

Half-Day Option #3 Preconvention Institute

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm PT (3.0 CE)

Pastor David Mandani, MSW, LCSW

Mental Health in the Church: A New Approach to Building Community

People with lived experience, and their loved ones, have encountered barriers to receiving much needed support, education, and access to fellowship in church communities.  Issues of stigma, prejudice and discrimination have thus marginalized this group.  This pre-convention institute will provide an emerging practice framework on how to build a sustainable and resilient mental health community in a church setting.

David Mandani currently serves as pastor of mental health at Saddleback Church. He is also the Founder and Chairperson of the Board of Saving Face Saving Grace, a Christian mental health organization focused on raising awareness and providing education. His extensive background includes serving as a Vice President at the Orange County Rescue Mission – one of the nation’s largest privately funded Christian homeless service providers. Mr. Mandani has over twenty years of service in direct practice, executive leadership, consulting & training, board governance, and church leadership. In addition, David has worked in both emergency room and in-patient psychiatric/mental facilities coordinating care. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 18, David offers a unique perspective as a person with lived experience, and he is fully committed to sharing the comfort and HOPE that he has found in Jesus Christ.