Emerging Tools for Innovative Providers 2015:
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Spiritual Transformation Impact & Outcomes
July 27 - 31, 2015
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An email from an Emerging Tools for Innovative Providers 2013 attendee:

From: Nelson,Teresa
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2014 9:01 AM
To: Nelson,Bruce
Subject: Emerging Tools

Dear Bruce,

I’m writing this note to affirm the tremendous work you are doing with others to provide this educational presentation. Last year I worked with the group that was assigned to create a product to provide interdisciplinary education concerning spiritual health. We created a PowerPoint and I regularly use this when I am asked to speak to our new graduate nurses here at SRMC. This tool makes for rich discussion and I have found it to work wonderfully well. I wish I could say I have come away with such tools concerning every conference I have attended over the years. I appreciate the focus of this conference on being a living, breathing work among us giving us something we can take home and use in each of our callings in our communities. I know this takes more effort than simply lining up presenters on various topics but in my mind it is well worth it.

I do look forward to what is planned for this upcoming conference and am delighted I have been given the opportunity to attend.

Continued blessings to you and all God has given you to do for Him. We are blessed!

In gratitude,

Teresa Nelson
Sonora Regional Medical Center

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Harold G. Koenig, MD, MHSc
Harold Koenig, MD, MHSc

Dr. Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center. He is currently board certified in general psychiatry, and formerly in geriatric psychiatry, geriatric medicine, and family medicine. He is on the faculty at Duke as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine, and serves on the faculty of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor.

Dr. Koenig is Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center, and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 400 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and more than 40 books in print or in preparation. He is considered by biomedical scientists as one of the world's top experts on religion and health. His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on dozens of national and international TV news programs (including ABC's World News Tonight, The Today Show and two episodes of Good Morning America), nearly a hundred national or international radio programs, and hundreds of newspapers and magazines (including Reader's Digest, Parade Magazine, Newsweek, Time, and Guidepost). Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (1998) and U.S. House of Representatives (2008) concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on public health, and travels widely to give seminars and workshops on the topic. He is the recipient of the 2012 Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association, and the 2013 Gary Collins Award from the American Association of Christian Counselors.

His latest books are the Handbook of Religion and Health, Second Edition (2012, Oxford University Press), and Spirituality in Patient Care, 3rd ed (2013, Templeton Press), and Health and Well-Being in Islamic Societies (Springer 2014).

Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD
Kenneth Pargament, PhD

Kenneth Pargament is professor of clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Pargament has been a leading figure in the effort to bring a more balanced view of religious life to the attention of social scientists and health professionals. He has published over 200 articles on religion and mental health. He is author of The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice and the more recently published book, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. He is editor-in-chief of the recently published two-volume APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality.

Dr. Pargament has consulted with several foundations, the National Institutes of Health, the United States Army, and the World Health Organization. His awards include the William James Award for excellence in research in the psychology of religion from Division 36 of APA, the Virginia Staudt Sexton Mentoring Award from APA for guiding and encouraging others in the field, and two exemplary paper awards from the John Templeton Foundation. He was awarded the 2009 Oskar Pfitzer Award from the American Psychiatric Association and 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Psychological Association in recognition of his research and practical efforts to understand and enhance the links between religion and mental health. He received the National Samaritan Center Award in November, 2012 in honor of his contributions to human health and growth. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Pepperdine University in May of 2013.

Stephen G. Post, PhD
Stephen G. Post, PhD

Stephen G. Post is Professor of Preventive Medicine & Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics (2008-current). Previously he was Professor of Bioethics in the Department of Bioethics of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1988-2008). He also taught at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Post is an Elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (2013-), and of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (2004-). He is an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center (1994 -) and of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University (1990-95). He has received the United States Congress Certificate of Special Recognition (2012); and the Pioneer Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Health Care (shared with Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD) from HealthCare Chaplaincy New York (2012). Post was selected as the Public Member of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Composite Committee (jointly established by the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States and the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Composite Committee is responsible for oversight and policy in all aspects of the USMLE program) (2000-2003); and was reappointed for a second term (2004).

Post is the primary author of over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Annals of Internal Medicine, The Journal of Religion, The American Journal of Psychiatry, First Things, Dementia, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The Lancet. Post served as Editor-in-Chief of the 5-volume Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 3rd edition (Macmillan Reference 2004). His best-selling books include The Hidden Gifts of Helping and Why Good Things Happen to Good People (with co-author Jill Neimark). He is the editor of 14 books and the author of eight. Post’s book The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer’s Disease: Ethical Issues from Diagnosis to Dying (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000, 2nd edition) was designated a “medical classic of the century” by the British Medical Journal (2009). Post is an elected Member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of Alzheimer’s Disease International, and one of only three recipients of the Alzheimer’s Association Distinguished Service Award (1998).

Post has been quoted in more than 3000 national and international newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Parade Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Toronto Star, the Sydney Morning Herald, Newsweek, the National Post (Canada), the Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Utne Reader, “O” Magazine, Psychology Today, and U.S.A. Today. He has also been interviewed on major television and radio news shows, including ABC 20/20 Holiday Special 2006 on “Giving in America,” Nightline, The Daily Show, John Stossel, “Talk of the Nation,” and The Mehmet Oz Show.

Steven W. Cole, PhD
Steven Cole, PhD

Steven Cole is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His research analyzes the pathways by which social and environmental factors influence the activity of the human genome, as well as viral and tumor genomes. He pioneered the field of human social genomics, and he provides strategic consulting in this area as Director of the UCLA Social Genomics Core Laboratory and as a consultant to the Institute of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Aging, the Santa Fe Institute, and the MacArthur Foundation, among others.

He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1993 and completed two post-doctoral fellowships at UCLA before his appointment to its School of Medicine in 1998. He is an elected Fellow of the AAAS, recipient of Stanford University’s Centennial Teaching Award, and a member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Norman Cousins Center, the UCLA AIDS Institute, and the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute. His laboratory specializes in developing new bioinformatics strategies for mapping the pathways through which social and environmental conditions influence gene expression in inflammation, infectious diseases such as HIV-1, and breast and ovarian cancers.

Robert A. Emmons, PhD
Robert A. Emmons, PhD

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis where he has taught since 1988. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of nearly 175 original publications in peer reviewed journals or chapters and has written or edited five books, including The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns (Guilford Press), The Psychology of Gratitude (Oxford University Press), Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Houghton-Mifflin) and his newest Gratitude Works! A Twenty-One Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity (Jossey-Bass).

A leader in the positive psychology movement, Dr. Emmons is founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. He is Past-President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 36, The Psychology of Religion. His research focuses on the psychology of gratitude and thankfulness in both adults and youth, and how they are related to human flourishing. His interests also include the psychology and spirituality of grace as it relates to human flourishing. Dr. Emmons has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the John M. Templeton Foundation, and the National Institute for Disability Research and Rehabilitation. His research has been featured in dozens of popular media outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Time, NPR, PBS, Consumer Reports, Reader’s Digest, Real Simple, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Peter C. Hill, PhD
Peter C. Hill, PhD

Peter C. Hill, Ph.D. (Social Psychology, University of Houston) is Professor of Psychology at the Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University, in La Mirada, CA, and Editor of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity. Dr. Hill is an active researcher in social psychology and the psychology of religion/spirituality. He is a past president of Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and was elected Fellow of the APA in 1998. In 2006 he was honored with a faculty appointment at the University of Cambridge as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies of the Faculty of Divinity. He has over a hundred published book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored or co-edited six books including the 4th edition of the best selling psychology of religion textbook The Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Approach (2009, Guilford Press). Dr. Hill's research interests focus on five major areas in the psychology of religion and spirituality: 1) religion/spirituality and health, 2) positive psychological virtues such as humility and forgiveness, 3) religious/spiritual measurement, 4) religious fundamentalism, and 5) the role of affect in religious and spiritual experience. His research on numerous projects has been supported by the John Templeton Foundation, most recently as Principal Investigator of The Development, Validation, and Dissemination of Measures of Intellectual Humility and Humility and as Co-Investigator of Landmark Spirituality and Health Survey through the University of Michigan.

Alexis D. Abernethy, PhD
Alexis D. Abernethy, PhD

Dr. Abernethy is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her Spirituality and Health Lab includes three research teams: Experience of Spirituality and Health-Related Outcomes; Spirituality, Cancer, and Health Disparities; and Spirituality, Culture, and Eating Disturbance. Her research has been funded by The Templeton Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, the California Cancer Research Program, The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and the Brehm Center for Worship Theology, and the Arts. Her book, Worship that Changes Lives: Multicultural, Multidisciplinary, and Denominational Perspectives on Transformation in Worship, summarizes some of her research on worship. She has published research and clinical articles related to spirituality and health. She has also taught integrative courses including the course, Spiritual Interventions in Therapy.


Dr. Lee Berk is a preventive care specialist doctoral graduate from Loma Linda University. He has training and degrees in psychology, clinical laboratory science, and a doctorate in public health. Dr. Berk has worked in clinical laboratory medicine for 25 years, specializing in immunology and immunoassay. He has expertise in the field of psychoneuroimmunology. He is a pioneer medical researcher recognized for his research and studies on positive lifestyle behaviors (eustress) with humor-associated mirthful/laughter, and for his initial research with endorphins and immune modulation with exercise. Dr. Berk has researched the effects of music, religion and spirituality, and anticipatory perception on stress hormones, neuroendocrine, and immunomodulation, since the early 1980s. His research was initially awarded funding by Norman Cousins in 1988. Dr. Berk's research examines the positive emotions and their biochemical/physiological effects to whole-person through the field of psychoneuroimmunology. In April 2011, Dr. Berk was honored with an invitation to lecture at the National Institutes of Health on the Psychoneuroimmunology of Humor and Laughter. Dr. Berk has been interviewed by the news media for his research findings (press and TV: CBS 60 Minutes, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Good Morning America, Discovery Channel, Korean TV, Australian TV Beyond 2000, BBC-TV, Geo-TV, National Public Radio, and others).

Dr. Berk is currently the Director of the Clinical Molecular Research Laboratory in the School of Allied Health Professions, Associate Director of the Cardiovascular and Physical Fitness Lab, Associate Professor in the School of Allied Health Professions, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Human Anatomy, School of Medicine and Faculty in Graduate Studies at Loma Linda University, CA. Dr. Berk has been honored by Duke University as a Faculty Scholar (non-resident) Center for Spirituality,Theology and Health.

Bruce Nelson, MA
Bruce Nelson, MA

Bruce Nelson is the Director of Pastoral Care and Community Services at Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) and chairs the Spiritual Life Council at GAMC. He has served as Principal Investigator on 31 federal, state, and locally funded initiatives and is currently leading a multi-site collaborative study investigating the "Spiritual care needs and expectations of hospitalized patients".

As the Glendale site administrator for a Templeton-funded research project, he is working with Harold Koenig of Duke University to investigate treatments for depression that integrate spirituality for patients with a medical comorbidity. Additionally, he chairs Churches Without Walls for a coalition of local churches seeking to more effectively serve the community with health outreach programs promoting disease prevention and wellness.

Douglas C. Nies, PhD
Douglas C. Nies, PhD

Douglas C Nies is a cognitive behavioral psychologist with an M.A. in theology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, from the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He also did a post doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at UCLA. He is the chief of psychology at Glendale Adventist Medical Center where he evaluates and treats patients as well as leads and participates in multiple committees and research projects. He has been in private practice for almost 30 years, working with individuals, couples, and groups. He also does team building, facilitates retreats, teaches, and conducts seminars. He is an entrepreneur with multiple interests and ventures.

Sheryl Tyson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS
Sheryl Tyson, PhD, RN, PMHCNS

Dr. Tyson is a professor in the graduate department and the Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development in the School of Nursing at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa California. She is a child and adolescent psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist with extensive experience working with hospitalized youth victimized by family violence. Dr. Tyson was director of several school-based suicide prevention research studies conducted by the Reconnecting Youth Prevention Research Group at the University of Washington. She has been the principle investigator of research funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health that investigated the complexities of partner violence victimization risk factors among young adult women. Her current lines of research and scholarship include adolescent victimization and post-prevention risk and protective factor outcomes as well as mixed methods research. Dr. Tyson has a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of California Los Angeles.


Who Should Attend:

Healthcare Administrators, Nurses, Physicians, Clergy, Psychologists, Social Workers, Educators, Therapists, Counselors, Chaplains, and Criminal Justice Workers.

In this dynamic conference with many practical learning activities and workshops, explore how the significant accumulation of spirituality and health research over the last 25+ years translates into useful applications for healthcare and other human services providers. Participants work with leaders in the field to integrate significant findings from spirituality and health research into clinical practice, including medicine, psychology, sociology, and education.

Participants from different backgrounds will develop both a broad vision of the role that spirituality plays as a health or mental health determinant and also specific applications that they can implement into their own practice, discipline, and workplace. To achieve this goal, teams will form on Monday, continue to work in mentored settings at designated times throughout the week, and then report back their accomplishments on Friday.


Conference Location:
Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology
180 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

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Early Bird Registration until June 26
(Includes the full five day conference):
Daily Rate: $150
Half Day Rate: $80
Member Organizations: $425 (Daily Rate $100; Half Day Rate $60)
Graduate Students (Must provide proof of enrollment): $325 (Standard Registration; Daily Rate $75)
Retired: $325 (Standard Registration; Daily Rate $75)
Group Discount (Three or more colleagues):10% Off Per Person
Scholarships: ETIP funds are available to qualified candidates towards conference registration fees.

Cancellation Policy:  Registrations cancelled before June 27 will be refunded 80%. Registrations cancelled after June 27th will not be eligible for a refund.

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Accreditation Statement This Activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and Fuller Theology Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology. The Loma Linda University, School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Loma Linda University School of Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement: This program has been planned and implemented in accordance with ACCME essentials and standards. The Loma Linda University, School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education relies on its CME faculty to provide program content that is free of commercial bias. Therefore, in accordance with ACCME standards, any faculty and/or provider industry relationships will be disclosed and resolved.

Registered Nurses:

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 2272, for credit based on sessions attended.

Full Day
Monday 8.2 contact hours
Tuesday 8.2 contact hours
Wednesday    8.2 contact hours
Thursday 8.2 contact hours
Friday 6.7 contact hours
Full Week 39.5 contact hours

Half Day
Monday 4.0 contact hours 4.2 contact hours
Tuesday 4.3 contact hours 3.9 contact hours
Wednesday    4.2 contact hours 4.0 contact hours
Thursday 4.3 contact hours 3.9 contact hours
Friday 3.7 contact hours    3.0 contact hours   

There is no partial credit. The entire day, half day, or entire conference must be completed to earn the above credit.

Psychologists, Therapists, Social Workers, and Counselors:

This event is sponsored by Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology. The School of Psychology at Fuller is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Fuller SOP is also approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to sponsor continuing education for marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers. Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content. A total of 29.5 Continuing Education Credits are offered throughout the 5 days and will be available for professionals at all levels of training.


This event is sponsored by the Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries Institute. A total of 29.5 Continuing Education Credits are offered throughout the 5 days of this conference.


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