Alegent Health Plans Conference to Examine the Role of Spirituality in Mental Health Care
Release Date: 10/08/2008

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  OMAHA, Neb. – Asked to think of mental health care, and hospitals and psychiatric wards may come to mind. But would you also think of a church, synagogue or mosque? In an effort to improve the relationship between spirituality and mental health care, Alegent Health is connecting physicians, nurses and other health care providers with the faith community at its 14th Annual Spirituality and Mental Health Conference. The day-long conference is designed for pastors, parish nurses, ministers of care, Stephen Ministers, youth leaders, educators, mental health providers, consumers, family members and anyone else interested in the faith community’s role in mental health care. Presentations will introduce participants to consumers, who have endured struggles and enjoyed successes on their journeys to recovery, as well as professionals, who are working to improve the spiritual assessment and intervention of patients. Participants will also hear from featured speaker Charles Barber, who worked with the mentally ill in New York City homeless shelters for ten years. Barber, now a senior administrator in social services and lecturer in psychiatry at Yale University, has since written about his experiences in those shelters. The title essay in his first book, Songs from the Black Chair, won a 2006 Pushcart Prize.
Conference Details:
  • October 16, 2008
  • New Horizon Presbyterian Church, 30 Valley View Drive, Council Bluffs, IA
  • Fee: $45 (includes lunch, refreshments, continuing education hours and program materials)
  • Registration due by October 10, 2008 (seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Mail Payment and Registration to: Alegent Health Education Department Attn: “Integrating Spirituality” 810 North 96 Street, Ste. 201 Omaha, Nebraska 68114
    About Alegent Health Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with nine acute care hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,300 physicians on its medical staff and roughly 9,000 employees. Alegent Health is ranked first in the country in quality and patient satisfaction according to the Network for Regional healthcare Improvement (NRHI). That exceptional commitment to providing patient focused care for the body, mind and spirit of every person keeps Alegent Health faithful to its Mission, which was inspired by its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems. At Alegent Health, patients and their families find a continuum of care, from women's and children's services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation and behavioral health. Alegent Health is online at