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Psychotherapy and Faith Conference: Illuminating the Sacred in Healing Relationships

November 6, 2015 @ 7:15 am - 4:00 pm

ISH’s Psychotherapy & Faith Conference is in its 24th year. This year promises to be outstanding and provide cutting edge experience for practicing psychiatrists, psychotherapists, social workers, mental health professionals, chaplains, clergy and interested public. The theme for the conference is “Illuminating the Sacred in Healing Relationships.”

There is steadily emerging literature about the influence of religious and spiritual factors on health outcomes. Examples of this literature include Positive and Negative Religious Coping (Pargament, 1998), Spiritual Struggles (Pargament and Lomax, under review), and recent but very powerful data about the importance of sanctification or the significance of whether or not one sees relationships and activities as somehow sacred (Mahoney, 2013). So far, however, the translation of this research into clinical practice and even mental health education is very uneven. Our 24th annual conference will focus on the important, accessible, but often unrecognized consequences of considering one’s activities or relationships as sacred. It will therefore help us to see relevant and important qualities that mental health professionals can benefit their patients or clients by addressing as part of the therapeutic plan and relationship. The therapeutic relationship itself can be considered sacred which has direct implications for the healing professional as well as for the patient.

Sponsoring Organizations: The Institute for Spirituality and Health, The Menninger Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine, and the Hope and Healing Center & Institute.

TO REGISTER, PLEASE VISIT: http://ish-tmc.org/psychotherapyfaith/

Event Agenda:

7:15 – Morning Registration Begins
8:00 – Intros from sponsors
8:15 – Holy Ground: Recognizing the Sacred in the Healing Process – Rev. Salvador Del Mundo Jr., MDiv, MBA
9:15 – Sacred Love: Uncovering and Exploring the Sanctity of Intimate Relationships
10:45 – BREAK
11:00 – The Four Cornerstones of the Human Organism – James Pitmann McGehee, DD
12:00 – Blessing and Lunch
12:45 – Temples, Tombs, or Temptation: Elizabeth Lewis Hall, PhD
1:45 – BREAK
2:00 – Healing the Wounds of Trauma: Spirituality Across Borders and Faith Traditions – Matthew S. Stanford, PhD
3:00 – Translating Concepts into Clinical Practice – James W. Lomax, MD

Cost is $125/person and includes a box lunch.

Qualified Students may register for $60.

For assistance with registration or payment, or to request special dietary, ADA, or
lactation needs, please contact Jerri Doctor at The Institute for Spirituality and Health,
jdoctor@ish-tmc.org or 713-797-0600.

For continuing education information, please contact Terrilynn Steele, MSN, RN, at
The Menninger Clinic, tsteele@menninger.edu or 713-275-5056.


November 6, 2015
7:15 am - 4:00 pm
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Bagby Parish Hall
717 Sage Road
Houston, TX 77056 United States
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Institute for Spirituality and Health