5th Annual Spirituality and Health Summer Institute

The 2013 Spirituality and Health Summer Institute will address spirituality as a solution to the current challenges in our healthcare system. Together we will look for opportunities in the changing healthcare environment, in which spirituality can be integrated as an essential component of care. The agenda will focus on the

  • State of Science in Spirituality in Health
  • Role of interdisciplinary teams in the development of a biopsychosocialspiritual treatment/care plan
  • Models of excellence: Integrating spirituality-based care in clinical practice
  • Compassion and spiritual practices
  • Reflective Rounds in professional education.
  • Learning is experiential, including large- and small-group case-based discussions, treatment/care plan development by interdisciplinary teams with standardized patients, and time for personal reflection.

Planning Committee:

  • Co-chairs: Rev. George Handzo, Christina M. Puchalski,
  • Committee: Robyn Dickey, George Washington University; Allen Dyer, George Washington University; Carol Taylor, Georgetown University; Karen Currie, LICSW

Speakers to include:

  • William Breitbart, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Patricia Campbell Carlson, A Network for Grateful Living
  • Harvey V. Fineberg, Institute of Medicine
  • George Fitchett, Rush University Medical Center
  • George Handzo, Handzo Consulting
  • Tara Healey, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Cynda Hylton Rushton, John Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Margaret Kreher, Pennsylvania State College
  • Gregory Larsh, Pennsylvania State College
  • Holly Nelson-Becker, Loyola University-Chicago
  • Maryjo Prince-Paul, Case Western Reserve University
  • Christina Puchalski, The George Washington Institute for Spirituality
  • Karen A. Skalla, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Thomas J. Smith, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • Kathryn M. Tchorz, Wright State University
  • Mary T. White, Wright State University
  • And more...


A precourse for new attendees will begin Wednesday, July 10 at 8:15 a.m. (registration/continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m.). The Institute will start at 1pm on Wednesday, July 10. Sessions generally run from 8:15 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day with at least an hour for lunch. The Institute closes Saturday, July 13 at 12 noon. More details on speakers and the final agenda will be available in late January.

Community of practice:

Physicians, chaplains, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, administrators, educators—everyone working for a better healthcare environment for patients, families, and colleagues.
Continuing education:

CMEs for physicians (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education category 1 credit of the Physician Recognition Award™ of the American Medical Association), CEUs for nurses (Virginia Nurses Association-CEA provider number VNA# 09-04-01), and a certificate of attendance for individuals seeking continuing education credit for other professions are included in the registration fee.

The GW Inn (* While rooms last)
824 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20037
Special Rate: $169 / night + tax

On-Campus Housing:
Single Occupancy (Shared Common Area; Separate Bathrooms)

  • 3 nights: $204
  • 4 nights: $264

*If you would like to extend your stay, please let us know. Rooms beyond the dates of the conference are subject to availability.

Both housing options are easily accessed by the orange/blue metro lines that connect with Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) (blue) and are within walking distance of the meeting location. Parking will be extremely limited on campus.

Registration fee:
The registration fee for the precourse includes:

  • Continuing education credit (4.0)
  • A continental breakfast and light snacks
  • The fee for the institute includes:
  • Continuing education credit (20.0)
  • A resource binder
  • The 3-full-day program
  • Continental breakfast each morning
  • Morning and afternoon snack breaks; and
  • A free copy of the new Oxford Textbook in Spirituality in Healthcare

*We will be offering discounted registration fees for (1) three colleagues or more (2) an early bird discount.
*Free textbook ($225 value) for early bird registrants only.
All registrants can buy a book at a 20% discount during the conference.
Precourse Fee: $75

  • Standard Registration: $975
  • Early Bird Registration: $895
  • Group Discount*: $850

*per person, 3 or more colleagues


Wednesday, July 10, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, July 13, 2013 (All day)

George Washington University

1957 E St. NW, 7th Floor

Washington, D.C.



Lindsey Ross