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Pine Rest 100th Anniversary Lecture Series Begins

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is observing an historic milestone as the organization marks 100 years of service to the west Michigan and national community.

The 100 year anniversary celebration features special events, educational opportunities, outreach programs and other activities, all aimed at increasing awareness, educating and inspiring the regional community and giving thanks.

The 100th Anniversary Speaker Series will bring nationally recognized speakers to the Pine Rest Gerald and Jane-Ann Postma Center to address regional behavioral health professionals and staff in a series of lectures and presentations.

The program kicks off with Dr. Steven Cole on January 27, 2011 and concludes with a lecture from Dr. Linda Wagener and Dr. Richard Beaton on April 19, 2011.January 27, 2011 – Dr. Steven Cole

Steven Cole, M.D., M.A., will present two lectures on “Motivational Interviewing.” Motivational interviewing has been shown to be an evidence-based approach to help patients improve unhealthy behaviors (e.g. over-eating, smoking, lack of exercise, risky drinking) as well as increase medication adherence.

Dr. Cole is professor of psychiatry at Stony Brook University Medical Center and division head of medical and geriatric psychiatry. Trained at Harvard, Duke, and the University of North Carolina, his work focuses on the clinical integration of psychological, biological and social variables in overall health and illness.

He provides workshops and lectures nationally and internationally.  His lecture at Pine Rest runs from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon lecture from noon – 1 p.m.  Cost is $30 for the lecture with an additional $10 for the lunch session.

February 24, 2011 – Dr. Archibald Hart

Dr. Archibald Hart will present two lectures titled, “Redeeming Our Joyfulness: Where Has All Out Pleasure Gone?” and “Redeeming Our Tranquility: Counseling and Ministering to a Digital World.”

Dr. Hart is a licensed psychologist, certified biofeedback practitioner, and board certified diplomat fellow in psychopharmacology. Dr. Hart is currently a senior professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary.

March 17, 2011 – Rob Bell

Rob Bell will present a lecture only for Pine Rest staff titled “Quantum Physics and the Eucharist.” He is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church. He graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He is an author of two books and is featured in the first series of spiritual short films called NOOMA.

April 19, 2011 – Dr. Linda Wagener and Dr. Richard Beaton

Dr. Linda Wagener and Dr. Richard Beaton will conclude the speaker series with a presentation titled “Creating a Good Life: Problem-Free is Not Fully Prepared.” In the afternoon they will speak to the Pine Rest management team on “How to Create a Flourishing Organization at Pine Rest.”

Wagener and Beaton are founding partners of Marigold Associates, a company devoted to creating healthy ecosystems for individuals, families and organizations. Wagener has over 25 years of experience in consultation, teaching, administration, and research in human development. Beaton has been involved in teaching and research at several universities throughout the world.

Details about 100th Anniversary Speaker Series individual lectures such as start time, length and fees as well as continuing education credits are available at or by contacting Sharon Chapin at (616)222-4566.


About Pine Rest

Pine Rest is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa.