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Spirituality and Mental Health Care

A person’s sense of spirituality informs his or her awareness of self and of the society around them, and is intrinsic to their mental well-being. This seminar will explore the connections between mental health or illness and spirituality and it will draw on these to provide practical guidance for spiritual caregivers working in the mental health field.

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Spirituality and Mental Health Care

Overview:

A person’s sense of spirituality informs his or her awareness of self and of the society around them, and is intrinsic to their mental well-being. This seminar will explore the connections between mental health or illness and spirituality and it will draw on these to provide practical guidance for spiritual caregivers working in the mental health field. Several models of mental health care provisions will enable participants to increase their awareness of aspects of spirituality in their caring strategies.

Learning objectives:

  • Complete a critical review of existing literature in the field in order to place spirituality in contemporary theory and practice
  • Explore the therapeutic significance of spirituality from the perspectives of both spiritual caregivers and spiritual care receivers of care using critical evidence-based and interdisciplinary approaches to mental health practices
  • Understand how the above relates to specific problems such as psychotic disorders, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and bipolar disorder
  • Discover ways for spiritual caregivers to cross over and meaningfully enter into the experiences of people with mental health problems

Resources:

Spirituality and Mental Health Care

Spirituality and Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a Forgotten Dimension, John Swinton, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London and Philadelphia

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Assignments:

Week 1: Introductions, Read Introduction, Chapter 1 and 2

Week 2: Read Chapter 3

Week 3: Read Chapter 4

Week 4: Read Chapter 5 and Conclusion

Registration

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