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A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 4-6, 2021
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

BASS Convention Presenter: Albert Gaw, MD

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Albert Gaw, MD
Albert Gaw, MD

First United Presbyterian Church of SF

Albert Gaw, MD is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, a board-certified psychiatrist of Christian faith, a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a past speaker of the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association. Among his numerous publications are five books: Cross-Cultural Psychiatry; Culture, Ethnicity and Mental Illness; A Concise Guide to Cross-Cultural Psychiatry; The Eyes of the Heart, the Biblical Path to Spirituality and Inner Empowerment; and Empowered. His latest volume, EMPOWERED, invites both Christians and lay readers to harness their psycho-spirituality to empower their lives. The book focuses on unravelling the secret of psycho-spiritual power of the Old Testament prophet Daniel, how his personality interplays with divine calling, and 10 practical lessons to empower your life. This presentation will consist of three workshops: First, what makes Daniel such an empowered person; Second, how to use dream, as Daniel did, to empower your life. Third, the neurobiological foundation of Christian beliefs.

Reference: Albert C. Gaw, MD. Empowered. The WestBow Press, 2013.

2016 Workshops

21st Century Issues: Brain, Mind, Mental Health and Illness, and Christian Spirituality


Brain imaging tools, such as functional MRI, have shed lights on the relation between the brain and mind, their changes in state of health and illness, and brain circuitry in various belief systems. This workshop will briefly summarize some of these recent discoveries, and draw implications for Christian spirituality.

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2015 Workshops

21st Century Issues: How to Improve Your Mental and Spiritual Health


The body, soul, and spirit is an inseparable entity. Severe psychological stress that affects the mind likewise can affect the bodily and spiritual health. King Saul committing suicide during battle and the prophet Elijah praying for death after being threatened by Jezebel are two examples that illustrate this inter-relationship between the mind and the spirit. Recent psychological and medical findings have documented the effect of severe stress on the body. As the brain and the mind mediate the integration of internal and external stimuli that impinge on the body, it is critical that one learns how to effectively cope with severe stress that can cause deleterious effects on a person's total health.

This workshop will provide scientific data to show the critical role of stress on the body. By integrating psychological principles with Biblical insights, the workshop will provide you with guidelines to improve your mental and spiritual health.

The author is a board-certified psychiatrist, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF, and the author of numerous articles and five books, including,