HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Set to Host 2018 Medicine + Spirituality Symposium

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This symposium features four preeminent scholars in medicine and spirituality.

On Thursday, November 8, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is set to present the 2018 Medicine + Spirituality Symposium, with co-sponsor International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health at The New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. This symposium features four preeminent scholars in medicine and spirituality. They will present their perspectives on this challenging and complex but most important domain with the goal of not only moving forward the academic discussion but also improving the outcomes for the medical system as a whole and the individuals who are served by it.

HCCN and Spiritual Care Association (SCA) President and CEO Rev. Eric J. Hall will make opening remarks about the overview of the current state of spiritual care in healthcare.

The symposium begins at 8:30 am and the agenda includes:

  • "Medicine multilingual: Using intercultural, evidence-based and socially-just spiritual care to alleviate religious, spiritual, and moral struggles of patients, healthcare providers, families and communities" presented by Carrie Doehring, PhD, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Iliff School of Theology and Denver University
  • "Maimonides on Tradition and Medical Science" presented by David Novak, Ph.D., F.R.S.C., Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
  • "What Can We Learn from Psychiatry and Spirituality’s Fraught History?" presented by John R. Peteet, M.D., Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • "The Role of Religiosity in Families at High Risk for Depression: A Three-Generation Longitudinal Study" presented by Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D., Diane Goldman Kemper Family Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Connie Svob, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry; Epidemiology), Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

RSVP for this event by November 1 at RSVP is mandatory. Limited seating is available. For questions, email


About HealthCare Chaplaincy Network
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a global healthcare nonprofit organization that offers spiritual care information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals other health care settings and online. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research and education in order to increase patient satisfaction and help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning – whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. For more information, visit or call 212-644-1111.

About Spiritual Care Association
HCCN’s affiliate, the Spiritual Care Association, is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for providers of spiritual care in health care that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice, knowledge base, and testing to become a Board Certified or Credentialed Chaplain. Membership is open to chaplains and other health care professionals, clergy and organizations. For more information, visit or call 212-644-1111.

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