Spiritual Directors International

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Spirituality and Health Care Institute

Creating and Maintaining Connections for Spiritual Sustainability and Enrichment
Thursday, 20 April 2017
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Spirituality and Health Care Institute believes in the essential attunement of health and spiritual care. Such attunement leads to best practices and health in mind, body, and spirit.

As practitioners of care for others, we serve at our best when we strive to live the same level of health in mind, body, and spirit that we hold and intend for others. Sustainability involves a capacity to endure while continually living out the desired goal, without depleting necessary resources. This is particularly important in health care systems that move quickly and demand considerable emotional, spiritual, and intellectual investment.

This workshop offers a day apart to learn about, reflect on, and practice how attending to our connections to self, other, and Spirit can provide creative and important pathways for spiritual sustainability and enriched care for self and others.

The Spirituality and Health Care Institute is for people who are committed to integrating spirituality and health care. Everyone is welcome including nurses, chaplains, home health aides, psychologists, social workers, hospice workers, spiritual directors, and anyone interested in health and spiritual care.


  1. Assess the impact and challenges of caring for others on your physical, mental, and spiritual health, as well as on the quality of care you provide.
  2. Recognize and identify how self-compassion is important in preventing compassion fatigue and burnout.
  3. Reflect on ways you can reconnect to the Divine, self, other, and community in order to promote wholeness and decrease loneliness and isolation.
  4. Experience ways to implement body, mind, and spirit wisdom into personal and professional practice.
  5. Consider how the gifts of spiritual direction can serve as resources for patients and clients.
  6. Understand how spiritual direction can support health care workers to avoid burnout.

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Tuition includes midday meal.


Dr. Lisa Azzam has been a physical therapist for thirty-six years and a spiritual director for the past three. She has a master’s degree in theological studies from Boston University, as well a supervised practicum in spiritual direction from Boston College. Dr. Azzam’s special areas of expertise include holistic and twelve-step spirituality, spiritual mentoring of young professionals, as well as lectio divina prayer for individuals and groups.

Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC, is a psychotherapist and spiritual director; director of a trauma program at Roxbury Presbyterian Church in Boston, Massachusetts, USA; offering community gatherings for people to share their stories of trauma, loss, grief, healing.


Anil Singh-Molares, MT is the executive director of Spiritual Directors International. Anil was raised Roman Catholic by parents from India and Spain, and has extensive training in the Zen Buddhist tradition. He has a master’s of theological studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and has been a life mentor, spiritual counselor, and spiritual director for many years.


2017 Planning Team

Lisa Azzam
Terrence McGillicuddy, PhD
Cindy Ostrowski
Betsy Sentigar
Colleen Sharka, Chair

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