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  • Bob Schacht
    Those of you who were interested in Stevan Davies book, Jesus the Healer, might be interested in the conference announced below. Bob Schacht University of
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 24, 2009
      Those of you who were interested in Stevan Davies' book, Jesus the Healer,
      might be interested in the conference announced below.

      Bob Schacht
      University of Hawaii

      >Original Message --------
      >Subject: RE: Spirit
      >Tue, 24 Mar 2009 08:33:24 -0000
      >From: BME Mental Health <abul-h@...>
      >To: <bookings.bme@...>
      >Please kindly circulate this conference information within your
      >Conference Brochure & Booking form www.bme-mentalhealth.org.uk
      ><http://www.bme-mentalhealth.org.uk/> /
      >bookings.bme@... <mailto:bookings.bme@...>
      >*Spirit Possession and Mental Health Conference* 29th June 2009 /
      >London Spirit possession is recognised world wide across many cultures and
      >by several religions. Spirit possession is often seen as an idiom of
      >distress causing a change in behaviour and mental well being. Spirit
      >possession is also included in the ICD 10 and DSM IV classifications of
      >mental disorders, yet the extent to which it is recognised and / or
      >discussed in clinical practice is less than we would expect, even in UK
      >cities where there resides a diverse population. This one day event will
      >consider the critical themes and debates on spirit possession from an
      >anthropological, social, psychological, medical and religious perspective
      >using a range of illustrative case study, clinical practice, research and
      >short film presentations.

      >*The aims of the conference:*
      >• Discuss possible definitions of 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 "patient", family and
      >community members
      >• Discuss the value of using the patient's explanatory model of the 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 traditional healers.

      >*Programme of the day:* 9.00 ­ 9.30
      >*Registration, Tea & Coffee* 9.30 ­ 9.45
      >*Opening* Melba Wilson (Head of DRE Programme, Dept of Health) 9.45
      >­ 10.00
      >*Chair* Professor Sashi Sashidharan 10.00 ­ 10.50
      >*Anthropological Approaches to Understanding and Working with Spirit
      >Possession* Dr. Simon Dein 10.50 ­ 11.40
      >*Mental Health Problems and Spirit Possession in North Indian Healing
      >Shrines* Dr. Antti Pakaslahti 11.40 ­ 12.00
      >*Morning session Q&A* 12.00 ­ 1.00
      >*Lunch* 1.00 ­ 1.50
      >*Jinn & Possession: The Muslim Perspective* Dr. Tim Hardie & Dr.
      >Najat Khalifa 1.50 ­ 2.40
      >*Spirit Possession in the Caribbean Diaspora today: A Hermeneutic
      >Challenge* Dr. Bettina Schmidt 2.40 ­ 3.00

      > Tea & Coffee 3.00 ­ 3.50
      >* The Therapeutic Approach of the Spirit Release Foundation to Mental
      >Health* Dr. Andrew Powell 3.50 ­ 4.00
      >*Afternoon session Q&A* 4.00 ­ 4.30
      >*Plenary & Closure*
      >*Venue:* RICH MIX
      >35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road London E1 6LA Box
      >Office: 020 7613 7498
      >Office/Admin: 020 7613 7490 Fax: 020 7613 7499
      >E-mail: info@... <mailto:info@...>
      >Rich Mix is located within the buzzing heart of Shoreditch and ideally
      >situated within all mainline British transport. Full venue details and
      >travel directions can be found at: www.richmix.org.uk
      ><http://www.richmix.org.uk/> --
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