Dr. Elise Labbé-Coldsmith to speak at Christus Lecture Nov. 19

Mon, 10/26/2009 (All day)

Oct. 26, 2009

Mobile, Ala. – Dr. Elise Labbé-Coldsmith, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of South Alabama, will present “Mindfulness: Psychological Health and Spiritual Practice” at the monthly lecture of the Christus Theological Institute. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in Byrne Memorial Hall on the Spring Hill College campus.

Labbé has taught for 23 years at the University of South Alabama, where she teaches undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level courses in addition to being the clinical director for the USA Psychological Clinic. Prior to USA, she taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the University of Miami. Labbé received her B.A. in psychology from Loyola University in New Orleans; M.A. in clinical psychology in 1980; and Ph.D. in clinical psychology 1983 from Louisiana State University. She completed the Toolen Institute of Parish Services program in spirituality in 2005. She is now completing the Certificate of Spiritual Direction program at Spring Hill.

Over the course of her career, Labbé has received numerous academic and professional awards in addition to publishing more than 60 professional, peer-reviewed publications in clinical and health psychology. She has presented at more than 90 local, regional, national and international conferences. Over the last five years, she has conducted psychological research on spirituality and mindfulness, and is writing a professional book, “Mindfulness-Based Interventions: A Practitioners’ Guide for Implementing and Assessing an Evidence-Based Approach,” due for release next fall.

Her presentation will explore mindfulness as a means of evidence-based practice for psychological and health disorders.  Studies commonly describe mindfulness as a secular practice, even though it is based on Buddhist meditation, philosophy and psychology. Mindfulness involves fostering particular cognitive and emotional qualities when attending to internal and external experiences. Mindfulness encourages daily meditation exercises that result in slow breathing with a focus on moment-to-moment experience. Recent studies have found that participating in mindfulness meditation is associated with increases in immune system functioning, and regulation of brain functioning involving positive emotions and endocrine functioning.

The Christus Theological Institute, housed at Spring Hill College, was formed in 1989 and offers a unique opportunity for grass-roots ecumenism among Christians and churches of the Mobile Bay area.

Admission for Christus members is free and for guests, $2. Enter campus through the Old Shell Road entrance. For more information about this lecture or the Christus Theological Institute, visit www.shc.edu/christus, or contact the Department of Theology at (251) 380-4660 or by e-mail at christus@shc.edu.