• Workshop

    Please notice that the workshops have a limited number of seats. When a workshop is fully booked, registration for that workshop will be closed. Seats are reserved on a first come first served basis.

    To pre-select the workshops you need to enter your Conference Registration Number. You will find it in the email you received confirming your registration for the Conference (12 numbers: xxxx-xxxx-xxxx)

    To pre-select the workshops CLICK HERE

     

    Tuesday, 30 - 14:15-18:30

    Wednesday, 1 - 14:15-18:30

    Depression Recovery Program

    Depression affects real people in all walks of life and ethnic groups. Women may feel sad while men may feel empty. Chances are that everyone knows someone who is experiencing this. How can one know if a person is depressed? What are the symptoms? People who suffer from depression and recognize the symptoms often receive medical treatment or psychotherapy. Can more be done? What about treatment-resistant depressed individuals? What about natural remedies? I’ll present some answers by introducing you to Dr. Nedley’s approach to treatment and therapy. His programme reveals the keys to achieving peace of mind and restoring energy, joy and satisfaction to the lives of depressed people. You will receive guidelines in discerning the symptoms and causes of depression and the positive effects of lifestyle modification, in addition to learning how to conduct an 8-week depression recovery programme in your church.

    Presenter:              

    Dörthe Meisel, Dipl.-Psych

     

     

    Friday, 3 - 14:15-18:30

    WIN! Wellness Homes of Hope & Health—A Ministry of Healing Model for Global Medical and Family Evangelism

    Dr. Wes Youngberg, DrPH, MPH, CNS, FACLM, author of the just published book Goodbye Diabetes, will be presenting how to effectually use the WIN! Wellness Homes of Hope & Health strategies to prevent, manage, and potentially reverse type 2 diabetes. His parents, Drs. John and Millie Youngberg, will share the broader application of WIN! Wellness as a medical and family Ministry of Healing model which is gospel centered and research based. It is a ready-to-use tool for small groups, health and family seminars and evangelistic meetings. How can laypersons, health care professionals and pastors integrate spiritual growth with wellness topics and prepare churches as centers for health and wholeness in their communities? This workshop will address these questions. The goal is to teach people to LIVE—live longer, healthier, happier, and holier. Come and hear how WIN! Wellness is being used in China, Taiwan, India, North and Latin America, and has been adopted as the evangelistic thrust of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division for the next 5 years with translations into 18 languages.

    Presenter:              

    Wes Youngberg, DrPH, MPH, CNS, FACLM

    John B. Youngberg, EdD, Prof. Emeritus Andrews University

    Millie Youngberg, EdD, Prof. Emerita Andrews University

     

     

    Tuesday, 30 - 14:15-18:30

    Wednesday, 1 - 14:15-18:30

    Friday, 3 - 14:15-18:30

    Forgiveness and Healing

    Special Training Workshop

    Each one gets hurt and all are concerned with forgiveness whether they are religious or not. Forgiveness is a means to overcome the wounds and difficulties of life instead of being overcome by them. It neutralizes anger and negative emotions caused by hurt, and is a skill that can be learned. Scientific research shows that learning to forgive is good for one’s health and well being -- good for mental, relational and spiritual health and, according to recent data, there are advantages for physical health as well. Forgiveness training may take place in a single or group setting. This three-part workshop will introduce a forgiveness training programme and discuss its application.

    Presenter:

    Ruedi Brodbeck, Dr.Med.

    Content:

    The Role of Forgiveness in Health and Disease

     

     

    Tuesday, 30 - 14:15-18:30

    Mental illness, emotions and healing

    There is a wide spectrum of mental diseases (neurotic or psychotic, acute or chronic), that may also be associated with personality disorders or addictions. We will explore the meaning of healing in various cases and clinical situations, in connection with their possible causes and determinants: genetics, environmental factors, lifestyle, harmful life events, social links or disruptions. Emotions affect our health and need cure as well. We will also deal with some possible means to healing, their use and their limits: psychotherapies, medications, components of lifestyle, social network and divine intervention.

    Presenter:  

    Bernard Davy, Dr.Med. (Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy), MPH

    Cesar Vasconcelos Souza, M.D.

     

    Wednesday, 1 - 14:15-18:30

    Faith and Healing

    Diverse views on faith and healing exist among individuals, both in the church pews and various medical and health institutions. The questions around sickness and healing are as complex as they are numerous. Are there any right or wrong answers? Is there a balance that can be reached in our approach to healing from a faith perspective? Key objectives for this workshop will be as follows:

    * To enable the attendee to discuss what a balanced approach to healing might look like

    * To examine the tenets of our faith as it relates to healing

    * To understand the part that divine providence plays when praying for healing

    * To assist the attendees in responding to the needs of their congregations and communities when ministering to the chronically sick and terminally ill. Workshop handouts will be provided and include research data from medical establishments on the impact of faith on mental and physical wellbeing.

    Presenter:  

    Sharon Platt-McDonald – MSC.HS, DipMS, BCS.HS, RHV, RM, C.AC.D.P, RGN

    Christopher A. Levy, BSc, MBBS, MRCS

     

    Friday, 3 - 14:15-18:30

    Wholeness in Brokeness - Facing non-cure

    When a person comes to the realization that one’s health cannot be restored to its previous level or to what is considered the norm, the person begins a journey to discover the “new normal”. This “new normal” is indicative of a healthy way to deal with the brokenness that the individual is experiencing. We will explain stages/steps that can assist the individual to a new wholeness or “new normal” and look at the challenges of making choices before the brokenness and after the brokenness has occurred. We will see how culture and faith can influence the choices and journeys taken by different people who are experiencing a non-cure situation.

     

    Presenter:               

    Mario Ceballos, D.Min

     

     

     

    Tuesday, 30 - 14:15-18:30

    Nutrition in Health and Disease

    The food choices we make on a daily basis influence our health in significant ways. In this workshop we will review current evidence supporting the value of eating a balanced, wholesome diet to reduce the risk of many non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Excesses of certain dietary components lead to increased risks for many NCDs, while insufficient availability of others also leads to greater risks. The evidence continues to grow that the inclusion of fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the diet can alter not only risk of disease, but also the progression of disease. Balanced living, balanced eating remains a pillar of healthy lifestyle.

     

    Presenter: 

    Fred Hardinge, MPH, DrPH

     

    Wednesday, 1 - 14:15-18:30

    Genetics and Healing

    With a complete human genome soon costing less than an iPhone, genomics is changing the practice of all medical specialties and will increasingly guide day-to-day healthcare decisions. The good news is that genetics is accessible and understandable for everyone! Whether you are a layperson or a medical professional, genetic literacy will help you make informed decisions impacting your health and the health of loved ones. In this workshop you will discover how your body’s blueprint is organized, how it is read, and how it can be influenced by your decisions. Exciting studies will show how common foods, life experiences and the environment influence not only your genome and health, but also those of your descendants. We will also note the mechanisms leading to tumor development and become familiar with genetic technologies used to provide accurate diagnosis, reliable prognosis, effective treatment and monitoring. You will marvel at how all this beautifully fits with a preventive medicine approach!

    Presenter: 

    Heidi Schulz, Dr.Sc.

    Vladimir Kral, RNDr, PhD, DSc

     

    Friday, 3 - 14:15-18:30

    Neurobiology of the body-clock in health and disease

    Chronobiology is a relatively small scientific discipline established in the 1950’s dealing with biological timing mechanisms. With the discovery of the so called “clock genes”, it reached a broad scientific acceptance in the late 1990’s. Virtually all cells in our body run a molecular clock mechanism which orchestrates metabolic and signaling processes in a daily rhythmic manner. Artificial disruption of these near 24 hour periodicities results in metabolic imbalance which is linked to a worse prognosis in cancer development and is associated with a higher incidence of obesity and its related cardio-vascular morbidities. Resynchronization of the body clock is an already established therapeutic strategy for several types of affective disorders. This workshop summarizes recent knowledge on: (1) molecular evidences from the post-genomic era, (2) experimental models for disease development and therapy, (3) translational science for clinical strategies, and (4) the epidemiological impact of running a healthy clock.

     

    Presenter: 

    Andras D. Nagy,MD, PhD

     

     

     

    Tuesday, 30 - 14:15-18:30

    Adventist Health Study

    In this workshop, the design, goals and first results of the AHS-2 cohort study will be presented. This is a prospective study of 96,000 North American Adventists. The focus at this time is on the four U.S. Adventist vegetarian dietary patterns, as compared to Adventist non-vegetarians. New information compares the intake of particular food groups and nutrients/minerals between the five dietary patterns (including non-vegetarians). We have data on cardiovascular risk factors (hypertension, diabetes, lipids, body size), cancer risk factors (CRP, IGF-1, IL-6, blood insulin) for each of the dietary patterns. Then the initial experience with mortality and its causes, and the incidence of major groups of cancers, again comparing the dietary groups, will be presented. The Adventist religion and Health Study will also be briefly described, along with some initial results. This study provides data about religious belief and practice, lifetime stressors, and emotional dysregulation among 11,000 AHS-2 participants.

     

    Presenter:

    Gary Fraser, MBChB, MPH, PhD

     

    Wednesday, 1 - 14:15-18:30

    Lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of DMII, CHD, HP

    Dr. DeRose will present evidence from medical research and Adventist lifestyle centers showing the power of lifestyle and other natural therapies to treat and/or prevent some of today’s leading causes of mortality and morbidity such as coronary heart disease (CHD), type 2 diabetes (DM2), and high blood pressure (HBP).

    Presenter: 

    David De Rose, MD

    Nicolae Dan MD, MPH, PhD

     

    Friday, 3 - 14:15-18:30

    Advances in Prevention and Treatment of Cancer

    Cancer continues to be a worldwide killer, despite the enormous amount of research and rapid medical developments during the past decades. We find more and more of this generation dying of cancer, and cancer doctors keep dealing with survival-curves rather than healing concepts. What exactly is cancer? what do we know about its root causes? Epidemiological data clearly shows us that only 5-10% of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90-95% have their roots in environment and lifestyle. Is cancer really a preventable lifestyle disease? How can we sort through the maze of alternative cancer treatments? How do we care, as Christian health professionals, when cure is out of sight? Is healing without cure possible?

    Presenter:

    Marc Kanor, MD

     

     

     

    Tuesday, 30 - 14:15-18:30

    Pharmacology and Healing

    There is a controversy around the issue of using pharmaceutically developed medications vs. natural substances. It is widely supposed that the medicines are “poisons”, while the natural compounds are the safest way of healing. But illness and recovery is not as simple as black and white.

    The purposes of the workshop are the followings:

    -to overview the process of the development of medicines in pharmaceutical industries (pre-clinical and clinical trials, knowledge and business)

    -to understand why evidence-based medicine (EBM) is so important and how the pharmacological approach supports the EBM (controlled investigations, side effect monitoring, pharmacogenomics, maintenance of health via medicines)

    -to discuss natural vs. synthetic: is there any difference in efficacy and safety?

    -to overview the chance for the natural medicine in cancer therapy (shift of cancer paradigm from cancer cell to microenvironment, pathophysiology, targeted therapy and examples) – presented by Prof. Dr. Marek Trněný

    -to face the limitations of pharmacological approach in healing

    Shift of cancer paradigm from cancer cell to the microenvironment – what we know and how we can influence it

    The current concept of cancer pathogenesis includes a multistep process of subsequent events which lead into the alteration of genes responsible for the cell growth and proliferation regulation. There is cumulative increase of evidence that tumor growth is dependent on its microenvironment which is formed by the tumor itself, and it has been clearly demonstrated that the cancer stem cell niche (home) protects the cancer cell. Cancer cell prognosis is influenced not only by the cancer cell characteristics (cytogenetic, molecular genetics, gene expression profile, etc.), but also by their microenvironmental characteristics (angiogenesis, different cell types -- “nursing” cells, etc.). New targeted therapy has started to explore these findings, such as antiangiogenic treatment. The aim of these approaches is to disrupt the protective mechanisms which are provided to the cancer cell by the microenvironment. However, the microenvironment can be influenced by exogenous and lifestyle factors. The presented review will summarize the current status of knowledge in this field, explain the biological nature of these mechanisms, and suggest how we can relate to these findings.

     

    Presenter:

    Gaspar Robert, PhD

    Marek Trněný, M.D., Ph.D

    Wednesday, 1 - 14:15-18:30

    Healing properties of Plants

    This workshop will include: * A discussion of the role of herbs and spices in Bible times, and during the nineteenth century. The growth of herbal and natural remedies in modern times. The medicinal use and clinical studies of herbs commonly available in the marketplace. The therapeutic value of concentrated extracts of herbs and spices. The use of culinary herbs to treat general problems. * A discussion of the action of the health-promoting and disease-preventing phytochemicals found in foods (including legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables), and culinary herbs and spices that lower the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. The effects of synergy and processing. * A discussion of the use and misuse and abuse of herbal and health products. Learning how to avoid the latest health scam.

     

    Presenter:

    Winston Craig, MPH, PhD, RD

     

    Friday, 3 - 14:15-18:30

    Alternative healing methods - separating "dross from gold"

    In order to be able to distinguish between true and false remedies, we need first to understand the cause and mechanism of disease and health. We will find that disease is the consequence of sin -- transgression of God’s laws, physical and moral. The plan of salvation includes the restoration of both physical and spiritual health. Medicine is therefore intimately linked to religion. True remedies harmonize with Bible and science. We will analyze the most common alternative methods from a biblical and scientific perspective and present a Christian alternative. Is it safe to use non-conventional methods if they seem to work? What does Ellen White say about homeopathy? We will also study together the needs of each Division regarding the methods used in their fields and elaborate possible recommendations.

     

    Presenter:

    Jochen Hawlitschek, MD, MPH

     

     

     

    Healing Ministry in the community

    Health Expos, Health Clubs, other concepts & materials

    Healing is closely related to “well being”. Seventh-day Adventists have developed many programs that promote the well-being of individuals and communities. These include CHIP - the Complete health Improvement Program, WIN! Wellness, health clubs, children’s health expos., and lifestyle programs. Come and learn how these programs can be effective in your community and how they have positively impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around Europe.

    Tuesday, 30 - 14:15-18:30

    Wednesday, 1 - 14:15-18:30

     

    Presenters:

    Stephen Cooper

    Nadezda Ivanova

    Friday, 3 - 14:15-18:30

    CHIP - The Complete Health Improvement Programme

    For 20 years, the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP), recently renamed the Complete Health Improvement Program, has been helping people markedly reduce coronary risk factor levels by promoting healthier food choices and appropriate lifestyle changes. Numerous studies have demonstrated that the CHIP regime is also effective in helping to prevent and treat other chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus 2, high blood pressure, stroke and cancer. This workshop will introduce you to the brand new CHIP materials, which will enable you to have a part in improving the health of your community by bringing “lifestyle medicine” to patients, corporations, hospitals, schools and faith communities.

    Presenter:

    Cathy McDonald, APD, M Nutr and Diet

     

     

     

     

    Tuesday, 30 - 14:15-18:30

    Youth - Rebellious or in Search of Healing?

    In this workshop we will describe behaviors of youth and strategies for prevention of these dangerous behaviors. The most typical strategies used across the world are directed at providing information about drugs, sexual risk, etc. to youngsters and youth, working on the assumption that once the youth are informed of the dangers, their behaviors will be modified and they will be at less risk. There is actually very little data to suggest that such preventive measures are effective. We will describe alternative strategies that have been shown by research to be effective. These will include the value of engaging youth in community service, parent-child communication, the value of specific parenting practices and the importance of youth having non-family adults involved in their lives.

    Presenters:

    Gary Hopkins, MD, DrPH

    Duane McBride, Ph.D.

     

    Wednesday, 1 - 14:15-18:30

    Families and Healing

    This seminar will attempt to give insight into the effect of family dysfunction, and a remedial approach to healing in the family setting. There will be four presentations and time for panel and audience participation. “The Dysfunctional Family”, will be presented by Kiti Freir, Dr of Psychology, who has specialized in family dysfunction and worked with scores of children in distress. “Domestic Violence” will be presented by Dr. Allan Handysides, who with a specialty diploma in Obstetrics and a degree in Pediatrics, brings his experience in maternal and child health to the area of family dynamics. “Healing Family Dynamics” will be presented by Gary Hopkins, MD, Dr.PH, associate director in the General Conference Health Ministry Department, charged with research in the area of addictions. “The Role of Spirituality in Family Healing” will be presented by Dr. Mario Ceballos, who as a former navy chaplain and commander in the US Navy understands the needs of people under stress and the protection afforded by family spiritual foundations.

    Presenter:

    Allan Handysides, MBChB, FRCPC, FRCSC, FACOG

    Kiti Freier Randall, MD

     

    Friday, 3 - 14:15-18:30

    Addictions and Healing - The "heart" of the matter

    Addictions of all kinds are very common in the community at large and in the community of faith as well. Very often individuals with addictions are stigmatized and shunned. Churches and places of worship need to be shelters and havens where people with addictions of all kinds may feel welcome and where initiatives are available to assist in recovery and prevention. There are probably two main reasons why individuals feel threatened or even unwelcome in faith-based groups: the first is the associated stigma and the second is the lack of individuals with appropriate training and sensitivity to deal with these complex issues. These problems are often associated with mental health problems which often are not even recognized. We are all broken and it is our privilege to work with each other to achieve wholeness in our brokenness. This can only be done through the power of Christ and He has called for willing instruments to become equipped, sensitized and be conduits of His grace and care to all. In this workshop a panel of experts will explore the problems of addictions in general and how stigma, acceptance and the road to healing may be embarked upon.

    Presenters:

    Peter Landless, MBChB,

    FRCPC, FRCSC, FACOG

    Duane McBride, Ph.D.

    Katia Reinert, PhD(c), MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, PH-CNS

    Kiti Randall, MD

    Gary Hopkins, MD, DrPH

     

     

    Healing Institutions; Philosophy, Mission and Challenges in the 21st Century

    This workshop will be of special interest to leaders and managers of health institutions, including lifestyle centers and retirement homes.
     
    Adventist health institutions (hospitals, clinics and old people’s homes) are all, to one degree or another, confronted with the challenges of complexity and an increasing number of expectations in these times of change. The preservation of the values and the continuation of the mission are at the heart of our concerns. Beyond issues specific to each institution are common challenges to our institutions such as financial sustainability (efficiency, profitability, etc.), governance of institutions linked to the church (including issues related to the recruitment, identity and values preservation), the pressures and constraints (legal, safety, etc.) carried out by states and governments, answers to the ethical reflection and social issues (for example, assisted suicide). The objective of this workshop is to allow the various players in the health field to share and exchange views on these important issues, and to strengthen the ties and understanding between health providers.

    Tuesday, 30 - 14:15-18:30

    Values and Mission of SDA health institutions

    Strategy, State and Legal Framework

    Relationship of Adventist Health Care institutions with the Church

    Presenters:

    Richard Hart, MD, DrPH

    Nicolas Walther, M.A., CAS

    Lowell Cooper, M. Div., MPH

    Wednesday, 1 - 14:15-18:30

    Financing and Financial Sustainability - Value and Profitability

    Lifestyle center: strategies, values and mission

    Staffing, Recruitment

    Presenters:

    Bern Quoss, MBA

    Nicolae Dan MD, MPH, PhD

    Caroline Boscacci, MMH, DAS HES-SO

     

    Friday, 3 - 14:15-18:30

    Discussion: Future of European SDA Institutions

     

    Presenters:

    Michel Aimonetti, DEA (Management)

    Nicolas Walther, M.A., CAS

     

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