Emerging Tools for Innovative Providers 2015
Spiritual Transformation Impact & Outcomes
3rd Annual Conference July 27 - 31

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"The term 'whole person' care is used commonly these days by health professionals, but few really understand how to integrate it into practice. This is why the ETIP Conference is such a valuable investment of time. Medical science and technology are advancing so rapidly it’s nearly impossible to keep pace. The speakers for this event are on the cutting edge of science. Throughout the week their individual presentations create an elegant tapestry of how the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of care come together allowing healthcare professionals to discover innovative ways to deliver the highest quality of integrated, whole person care."

Paul Crampton, PhD, Assistant Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care for Adventist Health

"I'm writing a follow-up note to my review that I wrote last year: I want you to know the ETIP 2014 conference met and exceeded my expectations. After 2013, I wondered how you could possibly deliver what seemed to be an unrepeatable learning experience. You have assembled a grand team to fashion and form each conference into a unique and rich opportunity to provide the latest research and then create something that will allow attendees to take those tools to all of our streets of service. Once again, thank you!"

Teresa Nelson, RN, Chaplain for Sonora Regional Medical Center

"In dealing with the complex needs of sick, ill and/or dying patients, the health care practitioner needs skills that are informed by science, but easily used by the interdisciplinary team and even the laymen. The ETIP Conference enabled me to bring the latest evidence-based interventions back to my hospice and my health care team on the science and art of spiritual and psychosocial care of the whole person. The various presenters allowed me to educate my staff, patients and their families on the topics that are both theoretical and experiential. The ETIP Conference, over the last few years, has given me a knowledge base to engage in research, peers to deepen my study and scholars to help me further hone my clinical skills for patient care and for personal enrichment."

Joseph Williams, MDiv, Chaplain for Community Hospice Inc.


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 Good Morning America, nearly a hundred national or international radio programs, and hundreds of newspapers and magazines including Reader's Digest, Newsweek, and Time. Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives 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, Spirituality in Patient Care, 3rd ed, and Health and Well-Being in Islamic Societies.

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. Previously he was Professor of Bioethics in the Department of Bioethics of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and has taught at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Post is an Elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He is an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center and of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. He has received the United States Congress Certificate of Special Recognition; and the Pioneer Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Health Care from HealthCare Chaplaincy New York. Post was selected as the Public Member of the United States Medical Licensing Examination Composite Committee, and was reappointed for a second term.

Post is the primary author of over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals. 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. Post’s book The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer’s Disease: Ethical Issues from Diagnosis to Dying was designated a “medical classic of the century” by the British Medical Journal. 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.

Post has been quoted in more than 3000 national and international newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post. He has also been interviewed on major television and radio news shows, including ABC 20/20, Nightline, The Daily Show, and The Dr. 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. 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, The Psychology of Gratitude, Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier and his newest Gratitude Works! A Twenty-One Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity.

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, Time, NPR, and PBS.

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

Peter C. Hill, Ph.D. 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 and was elected Fellow of the APA. 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. 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, CGP, FAGPA
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 including CBS, 60 Minutes, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Good Morning America, and National Public Radio.

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 of the 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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Standard Registration $650
Daily Rate $150
Half Day Rate $80
ETIP Sponsored Organizations $425 (Daily Rate $100)
Graduate Student $325 (Daily Rate $75)
Faculty $325 (Daily Rate $75)
Retired $325 (Daily Rate $75)
Group Discount10% 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 27 will not be eligible for a refund.

Participant Policy/Disclaimer: Sponsors for the Emerging Tools for Innovative Providers (ETIP) 2015 Conference and news media will take photos and videos during the conference. By attending the conference, you acknowledge these activities and grant ETIP sponsors and staff permission to use your image for publications, website, and marketing materials. You waive all claims against ETIP sponsors and staff for any liability resulting from these uses. Only ETIP sponsors and staff are permitted to record conference activities. Individuals recording activities without prior permission from ETIP or without proper media credentials will be asked to cease recording immediately.


Chaplain Mary D. Farah, MA

Continuing Education


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 32.0 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 credits based on sessions attended. There is no partial credit. The entire day, half day, or entire conference must be completed to earn the credit below.

Day Half Day AM Half Day PM Full Day
Monday 4.1 3.9 8.0
Tuesday 4.3 3.9 8.2
Wednesday 4.4 4.5 8.9
Thursday 4.3 3.9 8.2
Friday 3.7 3.0 6.7
Total Contact Hours 20.8 19.2 40.0

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

Continuing Education for Public Health:

Loma Linda University, School of Public Health is a designated provider of Category I continuing education contract hours for health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. The NCHEC Provider number is CA0024. This program has been approved for 20 Continuing Education Hours.

Psychologists, Therapists, Social Workers, and Counselors:

Day Half Day AM Half Day PM Full Day
Monday 3.25 3.25 6.50
Tuesday 3.00 3.25 6.25
Wednesday 3.25 3.75 7.00
Thursday 3.00 3.25 6.25
Friday 3.00 2.50 5.50
Total Contact Hours 15.50 16.00 31.50

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 31.5 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 40.0 Contact Hours are offered throughout the 5 days of this conference.


Adventist Health
Azusa Pacific University
Biola University
Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health
Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology
Glendale Adventist Medical Center
La Sierra University
Loma Linda University
White Memorial Medical Center
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