For mental health service users, spirituality and faith are closely connected with questions of relationship, transcendence, and finding meaning and purpose in life – questions best approached by way of narrative (or story).
In clinical practice, narrative can provide a means of exploring the ethical and professional dilemmas that are encountered when spiritual and/or religious concerns are in evidence. Narrative has been recognised as important in both medicine and theology, and now it can be employed as a framework for addressing spirituality and religion in clinical psychiatric practice, encompassing addictions, liaison and forensic psychiatry, and spanning all ages and cultures.
Breaks new ground in using a narrative to explore the importance and challenge of spirituality in clinical psychiatric practice.
Includes narrative excerpts and case illustrations to show how spiritual concerns can be included in a range of psychiatric treatment options.
Provides a tool for exploring the ethical and professional dilemmas spirituality still raises in mental healthcare.
Presents contributions from patients, chaplains, and leading psychiatrists and clinical psychologists.
Narrative in psychiatry, theology and spirituality
Spirituality and transcultural narratives
Psychopathology and the clinical story
Helping patients tell their story: narratives of body, mind and soul
Gods lost and found: spiritual coping in clinical practice
Stories of joy and sorrow: spirituality and affective disorder
Stories of fear: spirituality and anxiety disorders
Stories of transgression: narrative therapy with offenders
Narratives of transformation in psychosis
My story: a spiritual narrative
God’s story revealed in the human story
Meaning without ‘believing’: attachment theory, mentalisation and the spiritual dimension of analytical psychotherapy
Stories of living with loss: spirituality and ageing
Beginnings and endings
About the editors:
Professor Christopher C.H. Cook - Professor of Spirituality, Theology & Health, Durham University; Honorary Minor Canon at Durham Cathedral; and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Andrew Powell - Formerly: Consultant Psychotherapist and Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, St. George's Hospital and University of London and Consultant Psychotherapist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, the Warneford Hospital and University of Oxford.
Professor Andrew Sims - Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Leeds and former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (1990-93)