The Recordings

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"Spirituality is a seeking and discovery of one’s sacred values; values that are influenced by connectedness to self, others and earth; the aspiration to realize ideals; and the journey of asking the profound questions of life."


Deanna Kaplan, PhD and Roman Palitsky, MDiv, PhD

Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health (CCSH)

The first series of talks and responses focus on Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health (CCSHtm), a novel intervention delivered by spiritual health clinicians (healthcare chaplains) that fosters therapeutic relationships that empower individuals or groups to access inner resources that can be called upon amid a crisis or in moments of challenge. CCSH ™ augments spiritual health education and best practices with CBCT ®(Cognitively-Based Compassion Training), a program developed at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University.  CCSH ™  interventions are delivered by spiritual care professionals trained in both CBCT ® and ACPE: The Standard in Spiritual Care and Education. Leading clinicians and researchers will provide an inspiring overview of how CCSH is transforming the role of Spiritual Health within the Emory Healthcare system and beyond. The story of CCSH’s development will be told, and research will be presented in a “user-friendly” manner showing the numerous ways in which CCSH improves clinical outcomes for hospitalized patients while simultaneously enhancing clinician wellbeing. Graduates of the Emory Spiritual Health residency and fellows' programs will provide an inside view of how training in, and delivering, CCSH has positively impacted their personal lives and their practice as spiritual health clinicians. A panel discussion following these lectures will provide an opportunity for audience engagement and responses from invited experts working at the intersection of healthcare and spirituality.

Introductory Remarks                           George H. Grant, MDiv, PhD (note: Lobsang Negi, PhD)             and T & T Award

Development of CCSH                           Maureen Shelton, MDiv, ACPE, CBCT, CCSH-RT

Science on CCSH                                     Jennifer Mascaro, PhD

CCSH Training and Practice                 Bryon Bell, MDiv, CCSH-RC and                                                                                                                        Drew Bongiovanni, MDiv, CCSH-RC                                           

CCSH Values in Healthcare                   Kirtley Yearwood, MD, MDiv, Holy Cross Health

Panel Discussion Plus                            Kim Palmer, MDiv, MSPH and Tim Harrison, Dir., CBCT:                                                                                 Emory Center for Contemplative Science and                                                                                               Compassion-Based Ethics 

Center for Psychedelics and Spirituality (ECPS)

After decades of stigmatization, psychedelic medicines have re-emerged onto the world stage as the most promising new mental health treatments in a half century. Highlighting the importance of spirituality for the therapeutic promise of these agents, studies consistently show that psychedelics enhance emotional wellbeing by inducing a range of experiences that provide people with an enhanced sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. The ECPS is the world’s first center to fully integrate clinical and research-based expertise in psychiatry and spiritual health, bringing the university’s world class strengths in both fields to ongoing efforts to optimize the healing potential of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Lecture topics will include 1) the importance of spiritual experience in the therapeutic effects of psilocybin and other psychedelic agents; 2) the promise of Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health as a framework for training spiritual health professionals to serve as psychedelic therapists; 3) developing spiritually-informed treatment methods that both honor and learn from Indigenous traditions of psychedelic use while being sensitive to issues of cultural appropriation; and 4) exploration of meta-physical belief systems in tension and cooperation with naturalistic spirituality. As in the morning, a panel discussion following these lectures will provide an opportunity for audience engagement and responses from internationally recognized scientific, clinical, and Indigenous experts working with psychedelics as healing modalities.

Welcome and Intros                             Boadie W Dunlop, MD, MSCR (note: W. McDonald, MD)

From There to Here,                             Charles Raison, MD                                                                           From Here to There   

Video Presentation-1                           Rebecca Stone, PhD

Spiritual Health                                     Caroline Peacock, LCSW, MDiv, BCC, ACPE, CCSH-RT

Video Presentation-2                           Rebecca Stone, PhD

Cultural Intelligence:                           Belinda Eriacho, Dine’ (Navajo) and A:shiwi (Pueblo of Zuni) Intersection of Traditional                        Intro by Bridget Piggue, MDiv, ThD                                              Wisdom and Science

Video Presentation-3                           Rebecca Stone, PhD

                                                                   Rosalind Watts, PhD, Imperial College, London; ACER                                                                                    Intro by Kim Dupree Jones, PhD, FNP, FAAN

Video Presentation-4                           Rebecca Stone, PhD

                                                                   Chris Letheby, PhD, Univ. of Western Australia:                                                                                               Intro by Jessica Wahman, PhD

Panel Discussion with                          Collin Reiff, MD, NYU and Ali John Zarrabi, MD                           Final Song and Video

Emory Excerpt from: Your Fantastic Mind: Emory Ctr. for Psychedelics & Spirituality


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