Authors: Anthony Wee-Kiat Ang, London, U.K.
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Mental health professionals often viewed spirituality with suspicion, scepticism and even hostility in spite of increasing significance given to it by service users, carers and the general public in the recovery process. Arguments for putting the soul or spirit back into the mental health arena will be advanced on three fronts: (1) Historical developments support the move to re-integrate spirituality back into the field of mental health. (2) There is growing empirical evidence for the positive contribution of spirituality to physical and mental health. (3) Critical limitations exist in current mainstream diagnostic and therapeutic approaches despite significant advances to integrate biological and psychosocial interventions. This is illustrated by an example involving using group analytic approach in facilitating the staff group of a religiously and ethnically diverse multidisciplinary Assertive Outreach Team in London.
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