- Sarajane Aris, Head of Adult Clinical Psychology, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Peter Gilbert, Emeritus Professor of Social Work and Spirituality at Staffordshire University, Visiting Professor at the University of Worcester, Lead of the National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum
- Phil Henry, Director, Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby
- Sam Malins, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Nottingham
- Katja Milner, Spirituality Healthcare Worker, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Abdullah Muhammad, Chaplain at the University of Derby, Community Projects Leader.
- Dr Helen Philpott, Clinical Psychologist, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Paul Quilter, Head of Spiritual and Pastoral Care, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Keith Shaw, Chaplain, South Staffs & Shropshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
- David Waldram, service user representative for Derbyshire Voice (thanks Dave, for the photo below)
- Sharon Warwick, Researcher and Psychotherapist, Apertum Associates
High on our agenda today is how to make best use of our personnel and resources across the East and West Midlands. We decide that from now on, both networks will meet four times a year: independently then jointly then repeat the pattern. We'd like to encourage members to cross over between the regions in the independent meetings as well as taking part in the joint meetings.
We enjoy three presentations today:
- "On Common Ground / The Wounded Healer" by Peter Gilbert
- "The Development of a Spirituality E-Learning Package" by Helen Philpott
- "We Need to be Made to See the Elephant: Clinical Psychologists' Experience of Addressing Spirituality in Supervision" by Sam Malins
We discuss some upcoming conferences and hope we'll be able to participate in some of them, in one way or another:
- "Living in Hope: Spirituality and Practice in Mental Health Care", Liverpool Hope University, Thu 13 October 2011
- "Doctors, Clergy and the Troubled Soul: Two professions, One Vocation?" St Marylebone Parish Church, London, Wed 2 November 2011
- "Dementia and Belief systems", Staffordshire University, Fri 6 January 2012
- "Spirituality in a Fragmented World", Highgate House, Northampton, Tue 15 - Thu 17 May 2012
Phil Henry speaks about the proposed programme of public events at the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby in the autumn (and possibly into the new year) on the theme of Well Being. He gets several volunteers today willing to present sessions in the programme - including me! I fancy doing something based on the consultation about indicators for measuring national well being run by the Office for National Statistics, to which I responded for the Regional Equality and Diversity Partnership (REDP) in May.
Professor Peter Gilbert has edited a new book, Spirituality and Mental Health, which he brings to our attention today. This will be of interest and importance for everyone interested in the relationship between the two. I promise Peter I'd give the book a boost in every way I can, including here in the blog.
This is a handbook for service users, carers and staff wishing to bring a spiritual dimension to mental health services. It contains 23 chapters on aspects of spirituality and mental health written by experts in the field. It promotes an understanding of people’s belief systems rather than a mechanistic approach to mental health services and proves the increasing importance of spirituality in health and social care.