Creating Hope Event

A Collaboration of Samaritan Counseling Center and NAMI Fox Valley.

Published Monday, February 17, 2020
by Kim Davis

Creating Hope, a workshop that aspires to bring together people to learn about the impact spirituality can have on mental health and healing, will be held at 8:00am on Thursday, April 2 at The Grand Meridian in Appleton. This educational and uplifting program is for people who work in churches, schools, universities, health care, day care, after-school programs, non-profit organizations and those raising their own families.


Creating Hope is a hope-filled, data-driven learning event on the science and power of spirituality for children – and all of us. The half-day program is led by Dr. Lisa Miller, clinical psychologist, scientist, and author of The Spiritual Child: The NEW SCIENCE on Parenting and Health for Lifelong Thriving.

Based on her research, she will explain scientific links between spirituality and health and how children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality:

  • are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances
  • are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers
  • are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex
  • have significantly more positive markers for thriving including
    an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success.

Registration includes general admission, full breakfast, and if applicable, CEU credit. UW-Oshkosh is offering .2 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) to those who participate in this workshop. Also, one hundred lucky participants will receive a copy of Dr. Miller’s book. Register online at, until March 31.