INSTITUTE FOR RATIONAL EMOTIVE SPIRITUAL THERAPY (I-REST)
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO (OUR MISSION)
DR RICK MCKINNEY, CEO
SHEILA MCKINNEY, Ms Psychology- VP
About the Founders
About Dr. Rick McKinney
Dr. Rick McKinney is the President/CEO of TRETMENT Inc, the Founder of the REST Philly Project and the creator of Rational Emotive Spiritual Therapy (REST) a counseling technique which combines cognitive therapies (REBT etc.) with Spiritual Interventions.
Dr. McKinney earned his doctorate from the University of Miami in Miami Florida, School of Education and Counseling Psychology in 1978. His research was a study in personality and giving patterns of philanthropists utilizing discriminate function analysis and was the first recorded scientific study on Philanthropy in America. He has raised over $15 million dollars for a host of educational institutions as well as community and faith- based organizations.
Armed with an undergraduate degree in Religion and Sociology (Oakwood University) and graduate education in theology (Andrews University) he began his professional career as a church pastor in the State of Kentucky. Within 3 years, he began developing social programs with church congregations, including housing for the elderly. He developed a passion for working with individuals addicted to drugs and alcohol, which led him back to graduate school where he earned a Masters in Adolescent Counseling and a Doctorate in Education. He taught graduate classes in Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Addictive Behavior at three major Universities; conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars; and has given over 2,000 speeches and sermons in 83 cities and 42 states. He has authored numerous published articles, workbooks, and manuals; a book on cocaine use in America, No Exceptions (Not in print); and co-authored a study on cocaine use in the State of Florida as a member of the Governors Cocaine Task Force. He has also successfully authored six federal grants. His latest book, The Clinical Jesus, published in 2003 is a robust case by case analysis of 26 of Jesus’ clients and documents the healing work of Jesus viewed from a modern psychotherapeutic perspective. A definitive book on the REST faith counseling modality I Give You REST is scheduled for publishing in the fall of 2010.
About Sheila McKinney
Sheila McKinney is the Vice President for Training and Business of TRETMENT Inc. and the REST Philly Project. She is also the Co-Founder of I-REST Inc.Sheila is a graduate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned the bachelor degree in Psychology from Delaware State University (Summa Cum Laude) and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Health Psychology from PCOM. She completed her therapeutic internship at the Rockford Center - a Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospital in Newark, Delaware. Prior professional employment included working as an elementary school teacher in her native homeland, Guyana, SA. After moving to the U.S. she was employed by Citibank (Citigroup) for 2o years before retiring in 2005.Her last post of service was as Director of Training for their regional office.
Sheila has also completed a post-masters Nutritional Therapy Certification program, while overseeing the many duties of the REST Healing Ministries Program. She is also the REST National Campaign Director for its Healing Hurting Sistas’ Campaign and is a favorite on the church circuit on women’s issues. Click here for her resume. She is also co-founder of Promise Land 21 and serves as general vice-president.
Sheila is employed full time at the Rockford Psychiatric Hospital Center in Newark Delaware.
WE ARE DRIVEN BY OUR MISSION
Institute for Rational Emotive Spiritual Therapy Inc (I-REST Inc)
The Institute for Rational Emotive Spiritual Therapy Inc (I-REST Inc) was founded by Dr. Rick and Sheila McKinney in 2005 and incorporated in the State of Delaware. In 2006 I-REST was granted a 501-c3 faith-based incorporation by the IRS.I-REST is the faith-based public services arm of TRETMENT Inc founded in the state of Nevada in 1990. TRETMENT Inc, a private non-profit community based organization was established to provide contractual services for mental health counseling, training and education for professional mental health providers. It has provided such services to federal and local government agencies first in Nevada for Public Housing (HUD), courts, criminal justice institutions and agencies and educational institutions (public schools (see TRETMENT Inc tab). TRETMENT Inc expanded its contractual services to government agencies in creating the REST Philly Project (2000) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by including the training of Faith-based institutions and providing mental health faith-based counseling, mentoring and related reentry services to inmates, ex-offenders and their families. It also expanded its contracting base by including contracting with the US Department of Labor (see The REST Philly Project tab). Providing expanded services to faith-institutions made it necessary to incorporate a 501(c3) organization.
The general mission of the Institute for Rational Emotive Spiritual Therapy (I-REST) is 'to facilitate the healing, health, happiness, education and training of faith believers in their preparation for urban spiritual service in partnership with other faith groups, public agencies, government programs and private programs and private agencies.
More specifically the mission includes, to promote and teach the use of spirituality and spiritual interventions in every act of healing for all mankind, men, women, youth and children, of all ages, races, cultures and religious persuasions, for all sicknesses, illnesses and maladjustments; in an effort to bring the greatest amount of health and healing to the greatest number of people. In light of scientific research and in accordance with our understanding of the healing procedures of Jesus of Nazareth, it is our belief that Rational Emotive Spiritual Therapy (REST) is the ideal therapy (alone or in combination with other legitimate therapies) for persons with faith who desire to be healed. To provide and compile information and research regarding the efficacy of faith healing interventions and techniquesfor dissemination to faith institutions and providers of healing services that would support and enhance faith based interventions in spiritual-based counseling, mentoring, coaching and nutritional therapies.
1)Providing greater understanding and exposure of the role of Healing in the building of the Kingdom of God on earth during the 1st Century and in these end-times. 2)Arousing the church and equipping it with trained competent spiritual warriors providing healing services to those in need, first to believers and then to neighbors. 3)Training, certifying and deploying the Faith Community for involvement in ‘faith-based initiatives’, addressing the expressed needs and human problems of communities in cooperation with government and non-faith institutions. 4)Training and certifying and equipping Counseling Professionals with new 'POWERFUL' spiritual healing tools and techniques to be used in non-faith (secular) (community based) settings. Programs Programs of the Institute for Rational Emotive Spiritual Therapy I-REST Inc) center on three basic tasks: a) Institutional Support. Growth and Developmental Support services for faith-based & community-based institutions, programs and projects including providing state of the art education, and training which directly impacts the well-being of the larger community. b) Individual Support. Developing public servants to become Spiritual Warriors in order to provide better holistic health services which includes the spiritual dimension in mental health and nutritional health services. c) Financial Support. Our funding is derived from several sources including 1) the donation of tithe, gifts and offerings; 2) workshops and training income; 3) sales and services; 4) contracts and grants; including research income. D) Employment Opportunities. Employment opportunities include professionals, paraprofessionals and persons interested in Home-based business-ministries related to either mental/emotional or physical/nutritional healing, health and wellness will be offered the necessary education, training, interning and deployment to successfully practice and grow their ministry-based business-profession.
Mental & Emotional Health Professional & Paraprofessional Education & Training although prepared to assist the human general population with group & individual therapy, may also select to specialize in providing healing services to one or more of the following populations:
1. Children 2. Youth 3. Elderly 4. Sick & Shut-in's 5. Forensic Population (Institutionalized or in reentry) Inmates or ex-offenders 6. Addicted 7. Bereaved, (Death & Dying-terminally ill) 8. Emotionally Disturbed
Being self supporting we are greatly appreciative of all income for all the sources that our non-profit status allows for. We encourage you to support us and we THANK YOU in ADVANCE.