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SPIRITUAL CULTURE, WISDOM AND PRACTICE: INCORPORATING THE SACRED INTO CONTEMPORARY MODELS OF TREATMENT

Rev Abel leads an integrated spiritual care team for Caron Treatment Centers and speaks for Caron on spirituality in addiction and other behavioural health care. He is an ordained minister in good standing in the United Church of Christ and a summa cum laude graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary. A separate engagement with spiritual background, sources of authority, and methods or “spiritual practice” is a luxury few treatment providers can a ord. When present, it is often partial, adjunct, or secondary. But, human beings are shaped by their cultural and communal experiences, including story and heritage. How does one assess the relevance of cultural/religion/spirituality? How does one identify sources of spiritual authority for a client or family system? What are the categories and varieties of spiritual practice that are most helpful and readily integrated in addiction care, and how can they be adapted to t particular context and needs? This session will explore each of these questions and more.
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