Session 3: Depression
Pastoral Care and COVID-19

Session 3 of a 6 session workshop focusing on key issues for pastoral care during a time of pandemic.

Session 3 : Depression

We already live in a society where depression is a real problem, and this is particularly a difficult issue for people who seek to help others. How can we deal with this problem both in ourselves and in others? Where can someone get help when they are depressed – particularly in a time of social distancing?

Watch the video lecture (below) and then use the Zoom link below to join the live discussion at 7pm EST on Thursday, May 7.

Questions? Comments? Ideas?

Have a question or comment about the ideas in this session? Want to ask the professors a question? Leave it in the comments area below.


  1. With unemployment on the rise, is anyone seeing more persons struggling with depression?

  2. What challenges are unique or specific to those who work with immigrant or refugee populations?

    What is the general perception of mental health issues among the populations you work with? Are they open to receiving help? How is suicide viewed within those cultures? Are you comfortable in doing assessments with people, either for depression or suicide? What informal systems to they use to combat depression, deal with anxiety, stress? Do you think people will receive help for depression? Do you have a referral list that you use?

    Other Readings (more immigrant/refugee specific)

    As we consider not only depression but also other types of mental illness or challenges in our populations, check out NAMI. There’s a national website (they have a lot of Spanish resources), and local chapters closer to home. National Alliance on Mental Illness — You can search their website for articles related to immigrants and refugees.

    And here are a few more articles you may find of interest around the topic of depression or mental health in general with refugees and immigrants.

    The Increased Vulnerability of Refugee Population to Mental Health Disorders —

    Older Refugees Have High Levels of Depression even Decades After Immigration to Canada —

    What Depression Means when you’re an Immigrant’s Kid —


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Dr. Wade Rowatt

Senior Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Dr. Wade Rowatt has taught Pastoral Care and Counseling for over 37 years. He is currently the Senior Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at BSK: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. Wade also supervises Pastoral Counselors in Training and conducts a Parish and Community Program in Clinical Pastoral Education.

Dr. Dartanya Hill

Adjunct Professor, Pastoral Care

Dr. Dartanya Hill is Pastor of West End Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and a licensed psychologist. Dr. Hill also regularly teaches at BSK: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky as an adjunct professor in the area of pastoral care.

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