SINCE 2014 CREATING HOPE HAS ASPIRED TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER TO LEARN ABOUT THE IMPACT SPIRITUALITY CAN HAVE ON MENTAL HEALTH AND HEALING.
There will be no in-person meeting in 2023.
Seminar: $50 (includes book)
.15 CEU credits are available from UW-Oshkosh for only $30
The half-day seminar is led by Dr. Lisa Miller, clinical psychologist, scientist, and author of The Spiritual Child: The NEW SCIENCE on Parenting and Health for Lifelong Thriving. In The Spiritual Child, Dr. Miller presents an evolving idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. Based on her research, she explains scientific links between spirituality and health and how children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality:
• are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances
• are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers
• are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex
• have significantly more positive markers for thriving including an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success.
Combining academic research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality can be to a child’s mental and physical health, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children’s—as well as their own—well-being. In her provocative, conversation-starting book, Dr. Miller presents us with a pioneering way to think about parenting our modern youth.
Samaritan’s annual Creating Hope workshop is a highly respected nexus of science, healing, and spirituality. It is a hope-filled, data-driven workshop. The intent is to challenge one of our culture’s most pervasive and damaging assumptions—that science and spirituality are at odds—and prove through scientific study, clinical experience, and thoughtful discussion that spirituality heals. Creating Hope is an excellent opportunity for teachers, parents, scientists, leaders, healers, truth-seekers, and any person who has ever wondered “What makes life worth living?” and sought evidence-based answers.
Proceeds from Creating Hope fund our Mental Health Ministry outreach to churches and underwrite access to mental health for all.
Professor and Founder Spirituality Mind Body Institute Author of The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life.
Dr. Lisa Miller is professor and founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University. A graduate of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, she is a leading national expert on spirituality, health, and thriving in development.
Dr. Miller has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on spirituality and mental health in youth and family and is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spiritual Child and the highly acclaimed The Awakened Brain.
She is a grant-funded clinical scientist, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and former president of the APA Society of Psychology & Spirituality. She is the editor of The Oxford University Press Handbook of Psychology & Spirituality and editor-in-chief of Spirituality in Clinical Practice (APA Journals). Dr. Miller consults, conducts workshops and trainings, and speaks extensively in the United States and abroad.