Neurobiology, Mental Health, Addiction and the Church: What You Need to Know 2.0

Original price was: $149.00.Current price is: $69.00.


Course Summary

Nearly 20% of Americans will suffer from a mental illness during their lifetimes. Many of these individuals will seek help first in places of worship, which may or may not be prepared to recognize or assist them. Some churches have taught that psychiatric illness is primarily due to spiritual problems, not anything medical or genetic. Therefore, spiritually healthy Christians should never have these problems, and psychiatric interventions, such as medications, are unnecessary and invalid. Thus, many believers face various levels of questions about the role of psychiatric treatment in the ministry of the Church. Neurobiology, Mental Health, Addiction and the Church: What You Need to Know 2.0 will help address those questions.

Learning Objectives 

Participants will: 

  1. Contrast the barriers and opportunities that churches face in ministering to those with mental illness 
  2. Describe the kinds of medical, genetic, and neurological problems that can cause behavioral problems 
  3. Discuss a biblical view of suffering and the relevance of this to mental illness and define why and when medical interventions may be helpful as a part of the healing plan for a believer 

Course Lessons

NMHA 101: An Overview of Mental Health in the Church
Michael Lyles, M.D. Runtime: 53 minutes 43 seconds

In this session, Michael Lyles, M.D., addresses the questions that most Christian licensed mental health professionals, coaches, pastoral, and lay counselors have about neurobiology in an informative yet fun way by using gardening, golf, and fishing as examples for parts of the brain and their processes.  

NMHA 102: The Neurobiology of Mental Health Disorders
Michael Lyles, M.D. Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes 4 seconds

In this session, Michael Lyles, M.D., continues to answer the most prevalent questions for a psychiatrist about the brain, such as questions about medication, how medications work, how to understand brain health, and how brain health affects the rest of the body. 

NMHA 103: Anxiety, Depression and Addiction: Common Treatment Methods
Michael Lyles, M.D. Runtime: 54 minutes 28 seconds

In this session, Michael Lyles, M.D., explains the types of treatments used for bipolar disorders, how to treat anxiety, the interaction between medical and mental health, how genetics can affect the brain, opioid addiction treatment, and more. 

Course Presenter 

Michael Lyles, M.D., is a graduate of the University of Michigan Six Year Premedical Medical Program. He completed his psychiatric residency and APA/NIMH Minority Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center where he was the recipient of the North Carolina Neuropsychiatric Association Resident of the Year Award. He was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director of Outpatient Services at The University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He moved to Atlanta in 1986 to enter private practice and has served as the medical director of a partial hospitalization program, outpatient chemical dependency program and inpatient psychiatric units at three different facilities.  

He has worked in the private sector in a community mental health center, state psychiatric hospital and county, state and federal prisons. He is committed to raising the standard of care in the community by teaching gatekeepers such as clergy and primary care doctors, along with lay groups. He is a consultant to a variety of community organizations ranging from religious organizations to internet sites to professional athletics such as The Atlanta Hawks. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His major areas of clinical activity are mood disorders, anxiety disorders and ADHD. He has published over 60 publications and videos and serves on the speaking and advisory boards for several pharmaceutical companies. 

Continuing Education

3.00 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: .