The Church and Mental Health

Our friend Paul Dodd, D.Min., LPC., U.S. Army (Ret) will be giving a presentation about mental health to the Library Discussions Bible Study class on Sunday, March 15 at 9:30 AM. He will be joined by Patricia Koch, Ph.D. and Carolyn Welch, LCSW.




Chaplain (Colonel) Paul W. Dodd, D.Min., LPC., U.S. Army (Ret), served for 31 years as a military chaplain, retiring as the Command Chaplain of the United States Army Medical Command.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a Clinical Member of the American Counseling Association.  Paul has a private practice in Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapist in Austin, where he has lived since his military retirement in 1998. He is Founder and Co-Chair of the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy.

Patricia Koch, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who is continually amazed at the capacities of human beings to heal.  She has been in private practice in Austin for 24 years, and  specializes of helping people recover their lives from trauma and PTSD through a variety of approaches including EMDR, Collaborative Therapy *, Family Systems, Somatic Therapies and Equine Therapy.

Carolyn Welch, LCSW, began working in the mental health field in 1998.  She has operated an independent psychotherapy practice since 2001, with a focus on women’s and family issues.  A graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio and the University of Texas at Austin, Carolyn enjoys writing, travel, ballet, and baseball.  Her greatest inspirations are her two adult children, their spouses, and her perfectly delightful year-old granddaughter.



*The collaborative model builds on the basis of listening closely to all aspects of another’s communication from a “not knowing position”. The process we will utilize today offers the opportunity for a group of individuals to respond from a “listening position” to a conversation about a presenting issue, concern or dilemma.  The perspectives will then shift, allowing the person/persons with the issue to listen, as those in the “listening position” share what moved them.  The process concludes with opportunities for the person with the presenting issue to speak of how he/she was moved by the responses of the listeners.

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