About Us

ABOUT SHCN

The Spirituality in Health Care Network (SHCN) is a network of professionals and spiritual leaders dedicated to integrating Spirituality with Psychotherapy and Health Care. SHCN was founded December 2000, in Toronto, Canada, by Yvonne Kason MD and John Thornton MD together with a group of over 50 founding members. It was unanimously agreed that SHCN would be a bridging network, a forum for spiritually oriented health-care professionals of diverse specialty and training and spiritual leaders of all affiliations to explore the integration of spiritual traditions and practices into health-care.

Our Goals


  • To promote supportive dialogue and networking between health-care professionals, therapists, academics, researchers, and clergy of all affliations interested in integrating Spirituality with Psychotherapy and Health Care.
  • To provide educational opportunities via informal evening network meetings with speakers from within the network, and with small group discussions.
  • To facilitate communications between network members regarding conferences and events of mutual interest via an email newsgroup.
  • To honour the network's broad-based spiritual focus by opening and closing meetings with a sacred ritual from diverse spiritual traditions.

Steering Committee Members

SHCN CHAIR: LARRY NUSBAUM MD
SHCN STEERING COMMITTEE: 
JOHN THORNTON MD
HELOISA PORTO PSYCHOTHERAPIST
BRANDON L.D. KLAYMAN
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