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HU’s Institute To Host Free Managing Grief And Stress Seminars

On August 25, Huntington University’s Institute for Leadership and Counseling has invited Dr. H. Norman Wright and Dr. Larry Mercer to present seminars on effectively managing grief and stress. The seminars will take place at College Park Church, 1945 College Avenue, Huntington, Indiana.

“We are excited to offer these seminars to the public, in addition to our graduate students. The topics are relevant to many and the expertise of Dr. Wright and Dr. Mercer is well documented. We are also pleased to offer continuing education credit (CEUs) for social workers, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors at no cost,” stated Dr. Jerry E. Davis, director, graduate leadership and counseling programs / professor of counseling.

Wright is a licensed marriage, family and child therapist with 30 years of private practice experience under his belt. His lecture titled “Tremors of Life: Ministering at a Time of Loss, Crisis, and Trauma” will ask and begin to answer the question, “what is a loss in your life that you have never fully grieved over?”Wright will address the categories of loss, the definition of grief, and the steps involved in moving forward. The morning seminar will take place from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Mercer holds degrees in theology and ministry and serves as an executive coach and works with leaders of churches, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. Mercer’s lecture is titled “Brain-Based Leadership & Coaching: Integrating Findings from Neuroscience with Scripture to Enhance Your Personal and Professional Effectiveness” and will begin to unpack the question of how you can minimize the negative impact of stress in your life. Using the findings of neuroscience research and Scripture, Mercer will provide practical strategies to empower you to deal with stress. The afternoon seminar will run from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Both seminars are free and open to the public, but registration is required by going to There is a $10 charge for lunch and seating is limited. You will need to pre-pay for your lunch ticket no later than Tuesday, August 16. Nearby restaurants are available if you do not want to attend the seminar’s luncheon.

In addition, Huntington University is providing free continuing education credits (2 CEU’s for Dr. Wright’s seminar and 1 CEU for Dr. Mercer’s seminar) through National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), provider number 4561. This awards Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors Category I Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).

To learn more about Huntington University’s Institute for Leadership and Counseling, please visit

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution a “Best Midwestern College.” Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University’s main campus is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Huntington University received the 2016 City Manager’s Award from the Peoria Chamber of Commerce.