03/14/2005

Conferences to link science, spirituality

Week-long sessions on healing, stress and healthcare

 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Two consecutive conferences in Morgantown in April will allow health professionals, academics and patients to explore the linkages between chronic stress and physical and psychological health, and the links between spirituality and health.

“A Quiet Mind and a Positive Feeling State: The Antidote to Chronic Stress for Both Healers and Clients,” will be held from April 11-13 at the Radisson Hotel. “Exploring the True Meaning of Mind: The Quest for a Cross-Cultural Spirituality in Healthcare,” will meet April 15-16 at the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

In keeping with the theme of reducing stress, attendees who register for both conferences are encouraged to spend April 14 in rest and reflection between the two events.

The first conference will feature 18 physicians, psychiatrists, scientists and counselors, including Bruce S. Rabin, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh, George B. Stafano, Ph.D., of the SUNY Neuroscience Research Institute, and Eugene Taylor, Ph.D., of Saybrook Graduate School and Harvard Medical School. Over the course of the three-day event, participants will discuss recent and emerging research into the link between thought and experience, and the benefits of maintaining a positive emotional state.

“The state of chronic stress is accepted by many as the price of responsible living,” said William F. Pettit, M.D., medical director of the West Virginia Initiative for Innate Health. “This same state of chronic stress is a major contributing factor to a growing number of debilitating medical illnesses and destructive behaviors. The first program of this week-long series presents a simple, yet profound, principle-based understanding that offers genuine hope of alleviating chronic stress.”

During the second conference, author and healthcare consultant Sydney Banks will join Dr. Pettit in an in-depth exploration of the meaning of the human mind, and its implications for healthcare.

“Stress is a state of mind with physiological consequences,” said Pettit. “There is a reawakening of awareness that the nature of the mind must be addressed. The second program will explore an understanding of the mind that explains the possibility and healing potential of a peaceful state of mind.”

The conferences have been organized by the West Virginia Initiative for Innate Health (formerly known as the Sydney Banks Institute) and the West Virginia University Office of Continuing Education and Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry.

Additional information is available online at www.sbiih.org or by calling (304) 293-8188.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
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