Who We Are

The Institute for Spirituality and Health recognizes that humans are spiritual beings and that healthcare should reflect this reality.  Our mission is to increase awareness of the role that spirituality plays in health and healing, in coping with chronic illness and in maintaining optimal health.

We bring scholars, healthcare professionals, religious leaders, and the public together to learn how spirituality can impact health and healing. The Institute engages in education, research, and direct services.

  • Education – ISH hosts educational events, workshops, continuing education for healthcare professionals, and retreats covering a wide range of topics. Often, these are in collaboration with others.
    • Psychotherapy and Faith Conference (24th annual)
    • Nursing Conference (23rd annual)
    • Medicine and Religion Conference (5th Annual)
    • Regular Workshops and Lecture Series
    • Baylor College of Medicine Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience
  • Research – Several exciting research initiatives are underway at ISH, including:
    • Houston Area Physician’s Survey, which explores the beliefs and practices of Houston area physicians and how they relate to medical practice.
    • Texas Children’s Hospital Yoga project, evaluating the impact of yoga on adolescents with bipolar disorder.
    • Examining Neural Correlates of Meditation Practice in partnership with Hamilton College and Syracuse University.
  • Direct Services – Direct services are important to ISH in that we value direct contact with the struggles of our community. We sponsor:
    • A weekly bereavement group, open to those grieving the loss of a loved one.
    • An Employee Enrichment Program for corporations and other entities in the Houston.
    • Spiritual formation offerings and consultation in multiple venues, most notably The Women’s Home.
    • The Meditation Station, a pop-up contemplative environment.

We hope you will join us in learning more about how spirituality can enhance healthcare.

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