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2019 Spring Conference with Dr. James Berry: Addiction and the Christian

Nov 21, 2018

Mid-America Reformed Seminary is pleased to announce that our annual Spring Conference will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in the chapel. We will welcome to campus Dr. James H. Berry, DO., who is the associate professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University School of Medicine, and also the Director of Addictions.

America is in the midst of an addiction epidemic of staggering proportions. Deaths due to addiction continue to capture local and national headlines and account for a falling average life expectancy over the past three years. Almost every community has now felt the impact of this crisis which has not spared our churches. This seminar will attempt to shed light on the nature of addiction by bringing to bear the current neuroscience and personal experience of a physician who has been in the trenches battling this condition for the past seventeen years. At the conclusion of the seminar, it is hoped that the participants will be better equipped to care for those who suffer.

The title of Dr. Berry's two-part lecture is "Understanding the Insanity of Addiction:" 

Part 1 - 1:00 P.M. -2:00 P.M. (followed by a 15-20 minute break)

Part 2 - 2:30 P.M. -3:30 P.M. (Followed by Q&A)

James H. Berry, DO is an elder of Reformation Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Professionally, he is associate professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Director of Addictions. He is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a General Psychiatry residency at West Virginia University and an Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Hawaii.

He and his colleagues at WVU have developed innovative community based treatment models in response to the addiction crisis and are actively engaged in groundbreaking neuroscience research related to addiction. Dr. Berry has been a dedicated clinician and enthusiastic educator in West Virginia and is appointed to the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment. He is considered a national expert in addictions and mentors physicians throughout the state and country. He serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Addiction Psychiatry Examination Committee and the American Board of Medical Specialties, Safety in Opioid Prescribing Committee.

In addition, he is a member of the Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care’s National Integrational Academy Council and was recently appointed to the Addiction Policy Forum’s Scientific Advisory Board. He has enjoyed advocating on behalf of those suffering from mental illness and addiction in varied settings ranging from local town hall meetings to national educational venues highlighting the nature of the disease and the hope of recovery. Dr. Berry’s work and opinions have led to interviews with local, state and national media sources such as PBS’s NOVA, Politico, NPR, and the Huffington Post.”

Dr. Berry was recently featured in a production of NOVA l PBS on " Addiction," where he elaborates on his treatment and work with those struggling with opioid usage. 

In 2016, Dr. Berry received the Vitals “Compassionate Doctor Recognition” and the Vitals “Patients' Choice Award.” Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness.

These lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For those who wish to attend on campus, please register here.  For those who are unable to come to campus, click here to register to live-stream the lectures via the internet.