SPIRIT POSSESSION AND MENTAL HEALTH
20TH SEPTEMBER 2013 | London Conference
The aims of the conference
- Discuss possible definitions and different kinds of spirit possession
- Debate the key elements which typify spirit possession
- Discuss who can make a diagnosis of spirit possession and how such a diagnosis might be made
- Compare and contrast how spirit possession might be viewed by clinicians, religious leaders, healers, the "the patient", family and community members
- Discuss the value of using patient's explanatory model of illness
- Reflect upon the key issues associated with defining what is "normal" and "abnormal"
- Discuss folk healing practices in different cultures and "treatment" options including exorcism
- Consider whether there is a need to enhance joint working between mental health professionals and transitional healers.
Who Should attend?
This conference will be relevant to all professionals in the field of Mental Health and Social Care, including those from Local Authorities and NHS trusts across the UK, Social Workers, Approved Mental Health Professionals, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teams, CPN’s, OT’s, Chaplains, Community Faith Leaders & Healers, Equality Leads, Community Development Workers, Service User Representatives, Charities, Third Sector, Educational Establishments, Academics and Policy makers.