Institute for Spirituality and Health to Offer “Spirituality in HealthCare” Series

John K. Graham, M.D., D.Min., President/CEO of the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical center (ISH) has announced that the Institute will offer a fourteen-talk series on “Spirituality in Healthcare.” Graham says, “Studies show that when a physician or nurse is open to discussing spirituality with patients, patients respond positively.” The series of talks has been designed by ISH to assist healthcare professionals address spirituality and spiritual/religious issues with their patients.

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Houston, TX (PRWEB) October 04, 2012

In 2011, ISH surveyed physicians in the Harris County Medical Society and Graham says, “From the survey we learned that while physicians are generally comfortable talking to patients about religion and spirituality, they are not comfortable bringing up the subject. Physicians reported they needed more training in this area.”

The series of noon-hour talks will begin on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Lecture room of ISH at 8100 Greenbriar, # 220. Gated parking is free. Charge is $ 20 but students are free. The lecture will be followed by questions and answers. BYOB or call Jerri Doctor at 713-797-0600 for $ 5 box lunch.

Included in the series will be an overview of six major World Religions taught by Dr. Afzaal Fridous, a native of Pakistan who has spent the last 21 years in the United States. The World Religion series will be taught at noon on six consecutive Tuesdays, from October 2 – November 6.

The following talks are included in the series:

09/27 – “The Call to Medicine and Healthcare,” 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at ISH, 8100 Greenbriar
10/02 – “World Religions 101 – Hinduism,” 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at ISH, 8100 Greenbriar
10/09 – “World Religions 101 – Buddhism,” 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at ISH, 8100 Greenbriar
10/16 – “World Religions 101 – Sikhism,” 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at ISH, 8100 Greenbriar
10/23 – “World Religions 101 – Islamism,” 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at ISH, 8100 Greenbriar
10/24 – “God-Talk at the Bedside,” 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at ISH, 8100 Greenbriar, # 220
10/30 – “World Religions 101 – Judaism,” 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at ISH, 8100 Greenbriar
10/31 – “Prayer and the Five Senses,” 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at ISH, 8100 Greenbriar, # 220
11/06 – “World Religions 101 – Christianity,” 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at ISH, 8100 Greenbriar
11/08 – “Suffering and Spirituality in Healthcare,” 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at ISH, 8100 Greenbriar
11/14 – “Spiritual Practices to Enrich Healthcare,” 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. at ISH, 8100 Greenbriar
11/20 – “Spiritual Care of the Aging, End of Life issues,” 12 – 1:15 p.m., ISH, 8100 Greenbriar
12/06 – “Creating a Spiritual Environment in the Hospital,” 12 – 1:15 p.m. ISH, 8100 Greenbriar
12/13 – “The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality,” 12 – 1:15 p.m. at ISH, 8100 Greenbriar

According to Graham, the series will serve as a pilot program leading to the Institute offering certification of healthcare professionals as a Spiritual Healthcare Provider. Those interested in learning more about the certification process are invited to contact Dr. Graham at jgraham(at)ish-tmc(dot)org or by calling 713-797-0600, ext. 108.

About the company:
ISH has announced to the Press that the Institute will offer a fourteen-talk series on “Spirituality in Healthcare.” The fact is, studies show that when a physician or nurse is open to discussing spirituality with patients, patients respond positively. The series of talks has been designed to assist healthcare professionals address spirituality and spiritual/religious issues with their patients. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.ish-tmc.org.


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