Spirituality and Health Conferences

Noon—1 p.m. in Cessna Conference Center at Wesley (Cessna opens at 11:30 a.m.)
Free of charge and open to the public.
Registration is not required.

Water and coffee are provided. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

One contact hour for clergy and chaplains is offered. One hour of RN and LPN relicensure is pending.
Wesley employees may sign the education roster.

Conferences are sponsored by Wesley Medical Center Staff Development and Pastoral Care and Education
For further information, call 316-962-2310 or email jane.siebert@wesleymc.com.

hands in sunWe do not really know how our body and our spirit work together to bring health. Some suggest our entire body and all the core systems in it interact as a single complex symphony.

There are complementary therapies we can utilize to bring harmony to the symphony. It is important for health-care professionals and spiritual caregivers to learn about these therapies as we treat the body, mind, and spirit as a whole.

Join us for one-hour seminars, held from noon to 1 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. As health-care and spiritual care providers, we will explore one integrative therapy each month. Professionals will present case histories, scientific-based research, and insights into how they use various therapies in their work.

Sept. 27, 2010: Bioenergy Therapy

Laura Mead, CBT, is known throughout the United States for her bioenergy work and its application to an integrated approach in today’s medicine. Laura’s presentation describes bioenergy and research regarding energy fields. Her private practice in Topeka integrates bioenergy with traditional Western medicine.

Oct. 25, 2010: Brain Gym

Do you ever wish you had a better memory, could easily learn something new or improve a skill? Brain Gym may help you. The presenter, Dorothy Gray, is a veteran teacher with nearly 10 years as a licensed Brain Gym teacher of adults and children.

Nov. 22, 2010:Kinesiology and Emotional Bodywork

Dr. Steven Kraskow is a holistic kinesiologist, chiropractor and acupuncture fellow. He will present information about the theory and practice of kinesiology and energy medicine.  Special focus will be placed on emotional bodywork and the use of homeopathy.  The use of these treatments can create a better vehicle for connecting with the Divine.

Jan. 24, 2011: Cooperating with the Evolutionary Unfolding of a New Level of Health

Kathryn Damiano will guide us in the exploration of integral health. Kathryn has a doctorate in spiritual theology and a master’s degree in divinity. For 28 years, she has assisted many people as a spiritual director, through her teaching of in-depth spiritual life studies and retreats. She will explain how to create a personal integral practice to bring congruency among body, mind, spirit and relationships.

Feb. 28, 2011: Releasing Body-Held Trauma through Touch

Lorie Wilson, DiplAc, MEd, offers an inner work approach that empowers us to use difficult situations in our past as a transformative experience. Research has shown that the body holds trauma in all systems. Lorie explains how the various systems are impacted, how to release this held energy, and how to remove the emotional charge around past events to promote healing.

March 28, 2011: Yoga as Spiritual Medicine: What the Body and Mind Can Do for Themselves

Brad Smith is a research nurse with the Wichita Community Clinical Oncology Program and teaches yoga and meditation. He will explore the history of yoga and reasons why people in western cultures are adopting these practices in their daily lives. Brad will share ongoing research with yoga and meditation, including programs to help cancer patients cope with the disease and its treatment.

April 25, 2011: Therapeutic Music

Jana Rambo, a certified music practitioner, is a graduate of the Music for Healing and Transitions Program. She can sometimes be found at Wesley Medical Center, providing therapeutic music for patients and staff. One of the most ancient tools for healing, music is medicine for the mind, body and soul and creates balance and wellness. Come and learn more about therapeutic music and experience the calming and transformative effects.

How do we connect with the Divine through Bioenergy, Brain Gym, Yoga, Mindfulness, Music and Touch?

  • By being present and allowing God to connect with us as we endeavor to understand ourselves, honor our bodies and strive to be healthy.
  • By being open to new ideas and old traditions, acknowledging that we have much to learn and there is much that God wants to teach us.
  • By being aware of the Divine in all things and all people.
  • By letting go of the fear of something different, trusting God to lead us and trusting ourselves to know what is right.
  • By knowing that God creates all that is good and true and God created us with bodies that can be healed and repaired and with the inner wisdom to know how.
  • And by learning from fellow travelers on their spiritual journey and sharing their stories and our stories.