Eric Scalise

Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President

Hope for the Heart

I will be speaking on:

Self-Care and Resilience for Church Leaders

When Helping You Is Hurting Me: Stress, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue

We live in a fast-paced, push-button, instant-everything world, where increasing demands are made on nearly every ministry leader, many who are being stretched beyond their margins and face a greater risk for developing stress and burnout related issues and problems. Physical, emotional, relational, psychological, and even spiritual upheaval are becoming commonplace. This presentation provides a brief overview on the dynamics of stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and self-care from a biblical perspective.

Mental Health FAQ: Education

What is the cause of depression and anxiety, and how can it be treated effectively?

Mental Health FAQ: Scripture/Resources

How can I address the lack of mental health resources and support within my own church or ministry?

Mental Health FAQ: Scripture/Resources

Where can I find mental health conferences for Christians?

Mental Health FAQ: Scripture/Resources

Are there any resources that could help pastors and church leaders better understand mental health issues?

Mental Health FAQ: Stigma

How can Christian leaders encourage open and honest conversations about mental health within the church or ministry?

About Me

Eric Scalise, PhD, LPC, LMFT, currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) with Hope for the Heart, an international Christian counseling ministry offering biblical hope and practical help and is also the President of LIV Consulting, LLC. He is the former Senior Vice President for the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and former Department Chair for Counseling Programs at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Eric is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 43 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field, and he served six years on the Virginia Board of Counseling under two governors. Specialty areas include professional/pastoral stress and burnout, combat trauma and PTS/PTSD, marriage and family issues, grief and loss, addictions and recovery, leadership development, and lay counselor training. As the son of a diplomat, Eric was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, and has also lived and traveled extensively around the world. He is a published author (Addictions and Recovery Counseling and Lay Counseling: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry), adjunct professor at several Christian universities, conference speaker, and frequently works with organizations, clinicians, ministry leaders, and churches on a variety of issues. Eric and his wife, Donna, have been married for 43 years, have twin sons—who are combat veterans serving in the U.S. Marine Corps—and four grandchildren.

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