Sunday, May 09, 2010

FYI: Baha'i Association for Mental Health Conference

I wanted to let everyone know about what looks to be an amazing conference in September. Information is included below. I hope that many of you will consider attending and also spreading the word to anyone you know who would be interested.

10th Annual BAMH Conference, Santa Cruz, California

Theme Statement

Reflections on Heaven and Earth:

The Role of Spirituality in Community Building

A great challenge facing the world today is building authentic community. Bahá’u’llah wrote: “Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other.” Our aim is explore how to translate this principle into a new way of thinking, feeling and acting, so that we might do our part in becoming one human family.

Mental health is at the crux of this challenge. Our encounters with the pain of oppressed people in a materialistic society fire us with a passion to break down the barriers which keep us in isolation from one another. We seek new competencies as individuals, institutions and communities.

September 16-19th, 2010

Bosch Bahá’i School

(near Santa Cruz, California, at the Bosch Bahá’i School)

This 2010 Conference (Sept. 16-19, 2010) will feature presentations by:

Valerie A. Batts, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

and founder of VISIONS, a consultancy on ethnicity and race relations

Tod Ewing, consultant and diversity trainer

and former member of the Board of Counselors

Robert Henderson, Ed.D.,

Member of the U.S. National Spiritual Assembly

and co-founder of the Henderson Consulting Group

John Woodall, M.D.,

Psychiatrist and Founder and Director of the Unity Project

as well as a variety of skill-building workshops .

A Pre-Conference Seminar on

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

will feature a nationally recognized expert on ethics in clinical practice

Dr. Ofer Zur, clinical psychologist and forensic consultant

"To Cross or Not To Cross:

Ethical and Clinical Considerations of Therapeutic Boundaries."

This workshop will offer 6 CEUs. Workshop details are available at

Bosch Bahá’i School is located at 500 Comstock Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Reservations for food and lodging are $77 per night at Bosch and can be made at

(831) 423-3387; (800) 894-9718

Please visit the BAMH website at to obtain a BAMH membership and to register for the 2010 pre-conference seminar or the 2010 Conference. Details concerning membership and conference fees are available on the website.