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Addictions—from drugs to alcohol, food, and sex—are impacting our churches and communities, cutting across, age, race, and socioeconomic status. There are many hungers that addictions try ineffectively to satisfy, giving the church a unique opportunity to provide food for the soul as we faithfully journey with individuals and families struggling with addiction.
Join us for North Park University’s second biennial faith and health symposium, exploring how healthcare professionals and congregations can collaborate to respond faithfully to the challenge of addiction, and considering what can be done together that neither can do alone.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Laaser, MDiv, PhD, nationally recognized as the leading authority in the field of sexual addiction, having published over a dozen books on the subject. Dr. Laaser has over 27 years of recovery experience and is the president and director of Faithful & True, a Christian counseling center specializing in sexual health and addiction.
If you cannot join us, a live stream of the event is available here.
- Discuss the range of addictions impacting our society, clinical settings, communities and churches
- Discuss the church’s unique and special contributions to responding to addictions
- Describe how clergy, practitioners, and community leaders can faithfully care and journey with those who struggle with addictions
- Identify various treatment options for addictions
- Discuss the role of spirituality in addictions recovery
- Engage in interdisciplinary dialogue regarding addiction, its impact and what leads to recovery
Conference Target Audience
- Clinicians (nurses, faith community nurses, counselors, social workers, other health professionals)
- Church & Community Leaders
8:00–8:30 am Registration
8:30–8:50 Greetings and Devotions
8:50-10:20 Not Being Conformed to the Ways of the World: Healthy Spirituality In An Addicted Culture Mark Laaser, PhD, MDiv
10:40–12:10 pm Workshops (choose one during registration)
- A Journey from Surviving to Thriving: A Couple's Toolbox – Mark Laaser PhD, MDiv and Debbie Laaser, MA, LMFT
- Eating Disorders: Good Health Gone Bad – Jessica Ward, MS, RD, CD, CEDRD
- Helping a Life Without Losing Yours: Practical Tools to Enhancing Self Care and Preventing Burnout – Suzy Francis Best, PsyD, MBA
- Care of the Human Spirit: The Cornerstone of Addictions Treatment, Recovery and Prevention – P. Ann Solari-Twadell, RN, PhD, FAAN
12:10–1:00 Networking Lunch and Discussion – Health Professionals; Clergy/chaplains; Counselors/therapists; Lay church leaders
1:10–2:10 Hope House Ministry: One Church’s Faithful Response, Pastor Joe Atkins and participant
- Beyond Sobriety? The Disease Model of Addiction and Harm Reduction, Mark Duncan, MD
- Culture & Addictions, Rev. Charles Miyamoto, ThM, MAPC, LPC
- Getting to the Roots: Treating and Preventing Adolescent Substance Abuse, Katrin Valencia, JD
- A God-Shaped Hole: Spiritus contra Spiritum, Paul Priester, PhD
3:35–4:35 Breakout Sessions with CovTalk speakers (choose one during registration)
4:45–5:00 Reflections on a Faithful Response for the Christian Community , Mark Tao, MDiv