We are delighted to invite you to attend the 4th International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality. The conference title will be: Can Spirituality transform our world? New frontiers in understanding and exploring contemporary spiritualities. Consideration will be given to the transformative potential in the concept and practice of spirituality when applied to key issues in contemporary society. Through four critical questions the conference aims to re-examine some cherished assumptions in spirituality discourse and push the boundaries of that exploration through the broad interdisciplinary platform on which BASS is founded. Bringing together perspectives as wide ranging as health and social care practice, the creative arts, business and education studies with contemporary religious and spirituality studies, and featuring key-note speakers from the UK, Germany, Ireland and Australia, this conference promises an exciting interdisciplinary encounter while retaining the relaxed atmosphere for which BASS conferences are renowned.
Please click on the links for the Conference Flyer, further information and to book your place online.
We look forward to seeing you at BASS 2016!
8 Sept. – 8 Dec. 2015 (10am-4.30pm) @ Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (Oxford, UK)
SPEAKERS: Revd Stephen Bushell, Mr Bob Heath, Dr Sarah Shaw, Revd Dr Victoria Slater, Mr Guy Harrison & Ms Jill Buckeldee
For information on the course, click here. For registration by 30 August 2015, please download the booking form by clicking here and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry to our MA/MSc programmes 2014-2015 in Spirituality, Theology & Health is still possible for the academic year 2014-2015. These programmes provide a unique opportunity for inter-disciplinary and inter-professional study in this field. They form a good basis both for theological reflection on professional practice and also an introduction to research methods for those who are thinking of working towards a PhD or DThM. They can be pursued part-time or full-time.
To quote one of our MSc students:
“Every trip to St John’s College, Durham is eagerly undertaken; not just because Durham is such a fantastic city with a fascinating history and heritage, but because the teaching on the course is to such a high standard, with immensely knowledgeable lecturers who are obviously keen to impart that knowledge and to engage in meaningful debates with the students.”
Applications and enquiries from prospective students are always welcomed. For further information, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Secretary in the Department of Theology and Religion, Mrs Susan Tait (e-mail: email@example.com).
Alternatively, you can contact one of the members of Academic Staff to discuss potential thesis topics.
To find out more please click on the Courses tab above, download the Spirituality, Theology & Health MA – MSc Flyer, and visit the Department of Theology & Religion website:
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.