The Hidden Gifts of Helping: Why Doing Unto Others is Beneficial for the Psychological Well-Being of the Giver
Date and Location:
Date: September 19, 2012
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Regent University's Robertson Hall, Moot Courtroom
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Open to the Public with Registration
We will review research showing that sincerely helping others contributes to happiness, health and even longevity. We will consider the philosophical and clinical implications of this:
This review of outcome studies demonstrates that compassionate care benefits patients with regard to elected treatment adherence, wound healing, satisfaction and well-being; it benefits physicians with regard to lowered depression rates, elevated meaning, lower burnout, and more diligent technical care; it benefits healthcare systems that establish reputational gains at no greater use of time or resources; it benefits medical students with regard to their diminished complaints of abusive clinical environments and maladaptive team interactions. There is no doubt that compassionate care has many dimensions of beneficial impact.
Psychologists, Counselors, Mental Health Workers, Pastors, Mnistry Leaders, Social Workers, Theology Students, Graduate Students
The participants will be challenged to rethink assumptions about human nature and flourishing, and about how to best serve clients and patients by engaging their capacities for helping others.
- Utilize recommended altruism as a potential therapy
- Summarize the scientific research supporting this recommendation
- Clarify 4 beneficiaries of this practice in clinical settings.
2:00 PM - Welcome, Announcements, Introduction
2:05 PM - Presentation
3:50 PM - Questions/Answers
4:00 PM - Dismiss
Dr. Stephen Post is a professor of Preventive Medicine, Head of the Division of Medicine in Society, and Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University.
He was previously (1988–2008) Professor in the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, and Senior Research Scholar at the Becket Institute of St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University. Post is a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, and a Senior Advisor for the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A public intellectual Post has appeared widely on television programs such as Nightline and 20/20. From the late 1980's, Post focused on the dynamic of caring and on ethical issues surrounding persons with developmental cognitive disabilities and dementia. He is an elected member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel of Alzheimer's Disease International, and was recognized for “distinguished service” by the Association’s National Board for educational efforts in bringing ethical issues to Association Chapters and families throughout the United States (1998). In 2003, Post was elected a Member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia for "distinguished contributions to medicine." His book entitled The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer Disease: Ethical Issues from Diagnosis to Dying (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000, 2nd edition) remains widely influential, and was designated a “medical classic” by the British Medical Journal, which wrote (2009), “Until this pioneering book was published in 1995 the ethical aspects of one of the most important illnesses of our aging populations were a neglected topic.”
Related to his work on the care of the deeply forgetful, Post is a leader in the study of altruism, compassionate health care, and love in the integrative context of scientific research, health care delivery and outcomes, philosophy, and religious thought. He completed his Ph.D. (1983) on the relationship between self-giving love/altruism and happiness at the University of Chicago, where he was an elected University Fellow, and a preceptor in the Pritzker School of Medicine. He received the Hope in Healthcare Award in 2008 for his "pioneering research and education in the field of unconditional love, altruism, compassion, and service." His work was included in "Best American Spiritual Writing" (2005), and he received the Kama Book Award in Medical Humanities from World Literacy Canada (2008). He writes the Psychology Today blog entitled "The Joy of Giving."In 1994, Post was elected a Hastings Center Fellow, and a Senior Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. Post co-founded the Bioethics Network of Ohio. He served as editor-in-chief of the definitive third edition of the five-volume Encyclopedia of Bioethics (Macmillan Reference, 2004), widely considered the most influential reference work in the field.
Post is the primary author of over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Science, The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, The Journal of Religion, The American Journal of Psychiatry, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, The Hastings Center Report, The Journal of Social Philosophy, and The Lancet. He has written seven scholarly books on altruism, compassionate care, and love, and is also the editor of nine other books, including Altruism & Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research and Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy and Religion in Dialogue, both published by Oxford University Press.
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