Durham University and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis (JSIGP) is open to all staff working in either the Trust or University.  However, it will be of particular interest to those staff working in ‘psychosis services’ or who are involved in research within the field. A warm welcome is also extended to any service users who would like to attend. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of topics and speakers.

The next meeting, featuring a presentation by Professor Christopher Cook on ‘Psychosis and Spirituality’, will be held on Wednesday January 29th 2013 from 5.30 – 7PM in the Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University (30 on this map).

Christopher Cook is Professor of Theology and Religion in the Mental Health Research Centre, Durham University.  He is also a key member of the Hearing the Voice research team.

Abstract: Spirituality and religion form important coping resources for many patients diagnosed as suffering from psychotic disorders. Although the evidence generally suggests that spirituality/religion have a positive influence on outcomes, they may also have a negative impact on compliance with medical treatment and, in at least some cases, be associated with poor outcome. Little research has been undertaken on the possible benefits of spiritual/religious interventions, but there is some evidence of significant benefit, and no evidence that such interventions have adverse impact. Whilst various proposals have been made concerning the differential diagnosis of spiritual experience and psychotic disorder, such an approach can oversimplify things and may impede recognition of the real spiritual needs of the patients concerned. More attention should be paid to spirituality/religion in clinical care.

Places are limited for this event.  For more information and to reserve a place, please contact Victoria Patton.

Service users and their families and friends who attend meetings of the Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis can receive an honorarium of £20 plus travelling expenses.  For more information and to obtain the relevant claim forms, please contact Valentina Short.

If you would like to receive information about future JSIGP meetings via email, please sign up to the JSIGP mailing list.

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