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Exploring Pathways to Healing & Wellness

Have Faith in Recovery, Resilience & Self-Determination:
Exploring Pathways to Healing & Wellness
6th Annual Conference

Free to the public

Dec. 12, 2011

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration Closed

No walk-ins available

General conference information:
Contact Kenya.smith-johnson@phila.gov
or call (215) 685-4866.

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Houston Hall

University of Pennsylvania
Perelman Quadrangle
3714 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


To focus on the importance of faith, culture and the diverse avenues by which individuals and communities heal.

Conference Learning Objectives:
  1. Discover the benefits of honoring people’s ability to define faith, culture, family and community

  2. Identify at least one specific connection between faith/spirituality as it relates to healing and wellness

  3. Discuss youth focused initiatives that promote resilience and healing from trauma

  4. Identify several faith-based resources offering valuable assistance to people within the community

  5. List several faith communities that use faith and healing to support persons with behavioral health challenges

  6. Identify successful models of faith and community based behavioral health collaborations serving the needs of our city



  • PCB (PA Certified Addiction Counselor): CAC

    Behavioral Health Training and Education Network (BHTEN) will award a maximum of 6.0 PCB Approved hours of Education for this training. BHTEN is certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Provider #610

  • Social Workers: SW

    This conference is co-sponsored by the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW), Philadelphia Chapter, a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education of social workers under section 47.36 by the state board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. NABSW will award a maximum of 6.0 approved hours of Education for this training.

  • Mental Health Professionals: CEU

    BHTEN will award a maximum of 6.0 CEU (1 CEU=10 contact hours) for the conference participants who are attending the full conference. BHTEN has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 506-3275. Completion requires full attendance, participation and the submission of a course evaluation at the end of the workshop.


Note: All workshops are available in the morning AND afternoon. Download Agenda

7:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
Morning Workshops
12:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
Afternoon Workshops
4:00 p.m.


(This is an intermediate learning experience)

  1. GPS for Youth: Healing & Resilience

    Discover how trauma impacts youth and young adults by looking at best practices in responding to trauma survivors. A focused discussion on how faith leads to healing and resilience.E

  2. Healing Communities

    Describes the characteristics of a healing faith community. Features discussion on how prison ministry services support families and returning individuals while identifying unique forensic methods of referral to physical and behavioral health.PF

  3. Muslim Wellness & Recovery Initiative

    Increases awareness of behavioral health disparities within the Islamic community. Identifies the positive influence of Islamic spiritual practices on addressing behavioral health challenges.P

  4. Spirituality through Arts, Music, & Culture

    Learn how art, music, and various cultures enhance our faith and spiritual lives. Gain new understanding of how non-verbal expressions enhance healing and restoration.E

  5. Community Coalition Initiatives

    Highlights the unique ways in which community partners collaborate to address challenges experienced by children, youth, and families in order to further reinforce communities of recovery and resilience.PC

  6. Old Ways New Again

    Highlights the importance of faith and spirituality in behavioral health by demonstrating various methods that promote health and wellness.E

  7. Forgiveness & Reconciliation

    Identifies and guides learning values and practices of interfaith dialogue. Demonstrates the various strengths and complexities of a religiously diverse society. Features the influence of restorative justice practices.E


  • Rev. Gary R. Gunderson, Ph.D.

    Senior Vice President, Faith and Health, for Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare and Director, Center of Excellence in Faith and Health. His leadership roles focus on building the capacity of religious institutions to advance health and wholeness. Author of Deeply Woven Roots, Boundary Leaders, and LeadingCauses of Life (with Larry Pray).

  • Rabbi Nancy Epstein, MPH, MAHL

    Epstein’s work includes health care for under served communities, health insurance disparities, patients’ rights, hunger, nutrition, physical and mental disabilities, and health promotion. Author of Aching Teeth and Vanishing Dreams: The Dental Problems of Philadelphia’s At-Risk Children and Youth: A Needs Assessment and Blueprint for Action.


  • General conference information:

    Contact Kenya Smith-Johnson at Kenya.smith-johnson@phila.gov or call (215) 685-4866.

  • Special needs or requests:

    Call (215) 923-2119 x270.

  • Resource table inquiries:

    We are no longer accepting resource table applications for this year’s conference.

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