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Emerging Tools for Innovative Providers Conference, July 27-31


Healthcare administrators, criminal justice workers, educators, psychologists, therapists, nurses, physicians, clergy, social workers, chaplains and counselors will gather during the week of July 27, 2015 for a dynamic conference that will offer many practical learning activities and workshops to explore how the significant accumulation of spirituality and health research over the last 25+ years translates into useful applications for health care and other human services providers. Participants will work with leaders in the field to integrate significant findings from spirituality and health research into clinical practice, including medicine, psychology, sociology and education.

“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 health care professionals to discover innovative ways to deliver the highest quality of integrated, whole person care,” said  Paul Crampton, PhD, assistant vice president of Mission and Spiritual Care for Adventist Health.

Conference speakers include:

  • Harold G. Koenig, MD, MHSc, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Stephen G. Post, PhD, Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, Stony Brook University
  • Steven W. Cole, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Robert A. Emmons, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis
  • Peter C. Hill, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology 

Participants from different backgrounds will develop both a broad understanding of the role that spirituality plays as a health or mental health determinant and also specific spiritual care applications that they can implement into their own practice, discipline and workplace. To achieve this goal, teams will form on Monday, July 27, continue to work in mentored settings at designated times throughout the week, and then report back their recommendations on Friday, July 31.


Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology

180 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

For more information, call (818) 409-8543 or visit


  • 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
  • Whole Person Resources