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What [Online Course]  HIDDEN GRACE: Coping with Loss and Grief
Where  Online at:
When  Ongoing.    Sign up Today!

Grief is a universal experience.

It is a normal, multidimensional and holistic response to any significant loss, and it tremendously affects one's total well-being.  Our online course focuses on the positive aspects of grief that nurture healthy life adjustments and holistic healing.


The course includes the nature of the grief experience, symptoms, diagnosing various types of grief, strategies for managing grief and a special focus on effective techniques in counseling those who are grieving.  It is designed for mental health professionals, as well as anyone who desires to learn more about the grace experience embedded in loss and grief.


Certificate Only $149    Certificate with Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credit $164



In cooperation with the University of Tennessee Extension

The William Blevins Institute for Spirituality & Mental Health


How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk(ette)

Melissa Rector LaGraff, M.S. County Director, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, Jefferson County

University of Tennessee Extension

Where Ted Russell Hall, room 151, Carson Newman University,  Jefferson City, TN
When  Tuesday evenings, June 3rd - July 1st, 6:00-8:00 PM

This program is a 5-lesson, practical approach to building healthy relationships while getting to know the most important areas of the person you are dating. The program focuses on what exactly to look for in another person in a dating relationship as well as how to keep the relationship balanced. It describes the major areas that predict what a person will be like in marriage and the bonding forces that must be kept in balance as a relationship grows. With this knowledge, one can avoid the old adage of "love is blind."

Target audience: Adults (including college-age) who want to learn more about relationships. Participants do not have to be single or in a relationship and participants can also be divorcées.

Cost $40 (Includes registration, workbook, and a copy of How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk/ette, by John Van Epp)

Persons may pre-register via phone (865-471-3311) or email at either or

What Bewildered: A Journey into Chronic Pain 
With Kerry and Karen Smith
Where Baker Building, Room 210 @ Carson Newman University, Jefferson City, TN
When Different dates and times in June - See Description

Session 1: Our story of living with chronic pain.
                Thursday, June 19, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
In this session we will discuss all of the implications of chronic pain. The loss of so much in so many arenas of life. We will also talk about what we have found as well and what this suffering has done to our faith.

Session 2: Defining Chronic Pain.
                   Thursday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

In this session we will talk about wading thru all of the information and misinformation: the healthcare, the treatments, the Meds. We will define it for the faith perspectives as well. It's the “what this really is and isn't” dynamic.

Session 3: The effects of chronic pain on systems.
                    Friday, June 20, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The systems we will look at will be family systems, personal, emotional, and faith systems. We will talk about how chronic pain has affected all of them.

Session 4: Grace filled living while in chronic pain.
                    Friday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

In this session we will talk about our experiences of Grace in Pain and how ministry can happen, as well as ideas for healing.


Cost  $15 per session or $45 for all four sessions   CEU’s available (eight contact hours)

To pre-register send an email to or call 865-471-3311

Persons may register before each program or at the door

About the Presenters

Both Kerry and Karen are alumni and former employees at CN. Kerry Smith, MDiv, is a Master Artist, a strategist in the realm of new church planting and nonprofit creation, a new business creator, and a minister. He prepares and presents scripture through sermons and studies that are creative and wholesome, sharing the love of a caring, calling, and reaching God. He approaches the program topic as one who suffers from severe chronic pain, as well as a person of faith. Karen Smith, MA, currently serves as Director of Campus Ministries at the Baptist College of Health Sciences, in Memphis, Tennessee. She approaches the program topic as the spouse of one who suffers from chronic pain, as well as a person of faith. Each one will share from their own perspective how chronic pain affects each family member and the daily struggles in coping with this formidable and multi-dimensional health condition.


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