Spirituality, Religion and Mental Health Conference

West Yorkshire & Harrogate Excellence Centre
Delivery Method: Face-to-face


This exciting one-day interactive CPD conference on spirituality, religion and mental health brings together keynote speakers from a range of health care backgrounds. There is increasing evidence and awareness that spirituality and religious beliefs can offer real benefits for mental well-being.

Who is this conference for?

  • Health professionals working at all levels in primary, secondary or community mental health services
  • Faith, pastoral, spirituality and carer professionals working with patietns in the community or hospital
  • Academic and other clinical professionals with an interest mental health, spirituality and religion.

The day will include

  • An exploration of what spirituality and religious beliefs mean in the context of wellbeing and mental illness
  • Understand the overlap and differences between psychiatric symptoms and religious belief
  • An exploration of ‘sin’ and biomedical interpretations of depression
  • Understand different potentially transformative interpretations of depression (and other suffering)
  • Understanding why and how health professionals should ask about their patients religious and spiritual beliefs
  • Practical examples of integrating spiritual and religious beliefs into patient care
  • The design and delivery of culturally competent mental health services
  • Key note speakers include: Professor Andrew Sims, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Leeds; Dr TAsia Scrutton, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, University of Leeds; Alyas Karmani, Public Sector Equality and Diversity specialist with a psychology background and Dr Mahmood Khan, Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust. More information on our speakers is available below.


    9.00am - 9.20am - Registration, tea and coffee.

    9.20am – 9.30am - Chair’s welcome and introduction Dr Anil Pillai

    9.30am – 10.15am - Overview and context: Why should health professionals ask about their clients spiritual/religious beliefs? Dr Mahmood Khan.

    10.15am - 11.00am - Keynote address: Psychiatric symptoms & religious belief: overlap and differences. Professor Andrew Sims.

    11.00am – 11.15 am – Refreshments.

    11.15am – 12.00pm - Possession States: A south indian context. Dr Anil Pillai.

    12.00pm – 12.30 pm - Ask the experts: Questions from the audience.

    12.30pm – 1.15 pm - Lunch and networking.

    1.15pm – 2.45 pm - Depression: Sin, illness or transformative experience? (Including small group work) Dr Tasia Scrutton.

    2.45pm – 3.00 pm - Refreshments

    3.00pm – 4. 30 pm - Culturally competent mental health services: Design and delivery (including small group work). Alyas Karmani

    4.30pm – 4.45pm - Final comments, review and Evaluation. Chair - Dr Mahmood Khan

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