Introduction. 1. What is spirituality? 2. The neglect of the spiritual. 3. Spirituality and mental health care: Exploring the literature. 4. Living with meaninglessness: The lived experience of spirituality in the context of depression. 5. Enabling spiritual healing: Developing an understanding of spiritual care. Conclusion. References. Index.
Establishes a connection between mental wellbeing and spirituality to provide guidance for people working in mental health
John Swinton is the current Editor of Contact. He is Lecturer in Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen and a minister in the Church of Scotland.
The author of this timely study, who comes from a background in
psychiatric nursing and hospital chaplaincy, is currently a
lecturer in Practical Theology at Aberdeen. His achievement is to
have written a practical and in part evidence-based study of the
spiritual aspects of psychiatric practice, both as they are and as
they might become. Whatever our own beliefs, we can afford no
longer to neglect the spiritual dimension of our patients'
suffering. This information-rich and clearly written book charts
relatively unknown territory with which we urgently need to become
much more familiar. -- The Scientific and Medical Network
Please do not be put off by the rather lengthy title of this interesting book, it is an easy read with a lot of food for thought, on a subject that Society often takes for granted - namely the need for a sense of direction in one's life, and the connection between innate spirituality.If you are working with clients who have mental problems, this book will help guide and inform you if you are not (and I am not) then this book will provide you with a voyage of self awareness.-- Child Care Team Manchester Rochdale MBC