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316 | Assured Hope: Using Meditative Prayer and Neuroscience to Bring Healing

Friday 9/15 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Psychiatry, Behavioral Medicine, and Collaborative Care, Workshop Tracks


Karl Benzio, M.D.; Ruth Hendrickson



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Today’s culture wrestles with the concepts of good and evil. According to biblical teaching, Christian clients see evil winning battles when foundational biblical truths are eliminated from culture. Scripture reminds Christian clients that the battle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers. Psychospiritual healing is the intersection of the psychological and spiritual realms. Therefore, it is crucial to understand a client’s connection with the spiritual realm, what techniques align with this mandate, and the role of psychology and neuroplasticity. In this workshop, participants will learn a practical, evidence-informed, biblically based intervention to help patients connect with God in a practical, tangible, actionable spiritual discipline of direction or Mashah-styled prayer. The Mashah Ministry model is based on the Hebrew meaning of the Word Mashah, which means to pull or draw out. Using this ministry/prayer/meditation model, participants will learn how to draw clients out of their pain and into the presence of the Triune God. Psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders will be able to review the research connected with meditation and physical and mental health and how the Mashah-styled prayer can affect the neuroplasticity of a client based on its meditative components.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the difference between good beliefs and godly beliefs from a biblical perspective, effectively introducing psychospiritual healing for Christian clients
2. Outline the role of meditation’s connection to mental and physical healing as described in the research
3. Explain how unhealthy belief patterns can be identified and changed to healthy/godly belief patterns using the Mashah model, which is based on biblical concepts, including renewing the mind and meditation as defined by Scripture that ultimately impacts the brain’s neuroplasticity as clients thought patterns and actions align with God’s plans and purposes
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