This seminar took place on Thursday 30 April 2015, 5-6.30pm in Wallis Room
(St John’s College, 3 South Bailey, Durham - Find St John’s College HERE and Wallis Room HERE).
Revd Dove Jang, PhD candidate in Spirituality, Theology & Health, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University
Considerable research has examined the relationship between prayer and depression. Spiritually-oriented psychotherapy and spiritual intervention have also come to the fore in psychiatric treatment and prevention measure for depression. While most research of this kind has been devoted to show promising evidence for reducing depressive symptoms, nevertheless, few discussions have focused on the nature and the dynamics of prayer contributing to these beneficial effects. In other words, there is a lack of theological reflection on therapeutic theory of spirituality about how prayer can reduce symptoms. It will be suggested that people who suffer from depression must not be reduced to depressive symptoms but be treated as a whole person, a bio-psycho-social-spiritual being. Through the investigation of Evagrian prayer, especially his treatment of eight difficult thoughts, his practice of chanting psalmody with the interval of imageless prayer in silence, the journey to healing and transformation will be mapped out.
Reverend Dove J. L. Jang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. She has served as a pastor, counsellor, and consultant for Evangelical churches in Taiwan and Canada since 1991. She holds a ThM degree from Regent College, Canada, an MSc degree from Leuven University, Belgium, and an MA degree from China Evangelical Seminary, Taiwan.
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Thursday 30 April 2015 (5-6.30pm)
The therapeutic value of Evagrian prayer on depression
Wallis Room, St John’s College, 3 South Bailey, Durham
by Revd Dove Jang, PhD candidate in Spirituality, Theology & Health, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK
Thursday 18 June 2015 (4.30-6pm)
A psychological approach to evil eye: an understanding of the impact of evil eye to individuals’ mental health
Wallis Room, St John’s College, 3 South Bailey, Durham
by Mr Nikolaos Souvlakis, PhD candidate in Spirituality, Healing and Mental Health, MA, Msc, Bsc, Clinical Supervisor, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Psychometric Tester, Critical Incident Manager. MBPsS, BACP reg., PTC, IAFP, EFPA
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Editor: Christopher Cook
Publisher: SCM Press
Publish date: 31/05/2013
Flyer: You can view the book’s flyer by clicking here
A few words about the book:
In 2010 a Durham conference on Spirituality, Theology & Mental Health was made possible by support from the Guild of Health. The conference was attended by more than one hundred delegates, from a variety of different professional and academic backgrounds including those working in university departments of theology, anthropology and philosophy, as well as chaplains, clergy and healthcare professionals. The present publication comprises a series of chapters by authors, all of whom presented papers at the conference. It is thus informed by the debate that took place at the conference, but it is more than simply a set of conference proceedings. The aim has been to create a book with multi-disciplinary and multi-professional contributions which show the relevance of theology to healthcare today, and which will provide a resource for postgraduate teaching, research and professional practice.
This book provides reflections from leading international scholars and practitioners in theology, anthropology, philosophy and psychiatry as to the nature of spirituality and its relevance to constructions of mental disorder and mental healthcare. Key issues are explored in depth, including the nature of spirituality and recent debates concerning its importance in contemporary psychiatric practice, relationship between demons and wellbeing in ancient religious texts and contemporary practice, religious conversion, and the nature and importance of myth and theology in shaping human self understanding. These are used as a basis for exploring some of the overarching intellectual and practical issues that arise when different disciplines engage together with an attempt to better understand the relationship between spirituality and mental health and translate their findings into mental healthcare practice.
Are you still unsure why buy this book?
Here are two Commendations by Professors Harold G. Koenig and Sheila the Baroness Hollins…
Professors Harold G. Koenig:
“Scientists and clinicians will find in this book contributions from theology, philosophy and pastoral practice that will give them new insights into the importance of spirituality in mental healthcare. Theological and inter-disciplinary perspectives offered here help all of us to see things differently. This book is commended to all mental health professionals, chaplains and pastoral carers, and academics wanting a broader perspective on spirituality and mental health.”
Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins:
“Theology and Mental health will be essential reading for clergy, health professionals and academics from different disciplines who are learning, talking and working together in the hope of better addressing the place of spirituality in mental health care. It’s a fascinating book that’s integrative of spiritual and theological perspectives with clinical and pastoral care, importantly introducing theology into a debate that has largely ignored a contribution from this discipline. Many of the writers explore the boundaries that sometimes separate different domains of expertise and differing values and assumptions in diverse settings.”
Consequently, wait no more and pre-order the book here:
Eds. Chris Cook, Andrew Powell, Andrew Sims, Royal College of Psychiatrists Press, London, 2009
Spirituality & Psychiatry is a new book published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Emerging from the work of the Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, it considers the relevance of spirituality to clinical practice in psychiatry. It is edited by Chris Cook (current Chair of the Special Interest Group and Director of the Project for Spirituality, Theology & Health at Durham University) along with two past Chairs of the Special Interest Group (Dr Andrew Powell and Professor Andrew Sims). Further information, and the opportunity to purchase the book, is available from the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ website.