OCSW 2017 Seminar Series

The Oxford Centre for Spirituality & Well-being is proud to present a series of seminars to deepen health & social care professionals practice of psycho-spiritual care.  For more information please contact Dr Guy Harrison via guy.harrison@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk 


All the Seminars will be held in the seminar room at OxINMAHR which has its HQ at Oxford Brookes University,The Colonnade, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BP.

Booking is essential, seminars cost £8 per seminar or free to OxINMAHR Members.  Completed forms to be sent to: Dr Guy Harrison, Spiritual & Pastoral Care, Corporate Services Building, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Sandford Rd, Oxford OX4 4XN.  Email: guy.harrison@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk


27th April, 10am-12 noon                                                                          

Psycho-Spiritual Care at the End of Life: A nursing perspective. 

Led by: Kate Butcher.

Kate is the Education Lead at Sobell House Study Centre, Oxford and works as a specialist nurse in the hospice day centre.  he has a background in District Nursing and Practice Development within primary care.

The seminar will consider the psycho-spiritual aspects of nursing care for people approaching the end of their life. The time will be structured around examples from her practice and will demonstrate both the complexities and the rewards of offering such care.

2nd May, 10am-12 noon                                                                                

Self harm: A holistic approach.

Led by: Kathleen Kelly.

Kathleen is a consultant psychiatrist working in the emergency departments of the JR and Horton hospitals. Her team assesses and treats patients who present with self harm, suicidal thinking and other mental health crises. She contributes to the Centre for Suicide Research, and teaches junior doctors, nursing staff and medical students.                                                                                                    

The seminar will look at self harm as a symptom, the underlying associations and current evidence-based treatments. She will discuss the different conceptual approaches to the understanding and treatment of self harm and explore how these link with aspects of psycho-spiritual care.                         


1st June, 10am-12noon                                                                              

Facing Fear & Overcoming Depression

Led by: Alistair Ross

Alistair is Associate Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Oxford. Trained as a minister, he has worked in chaplaincy, theological and academic settings.  His most recent book is a short biography of Sigmund Freud (Pocket Giant series, History Press)  

The seminar will look at the experience of anxiety and depression in individuals and institutions.  He will explore the idea of vicarious anxiety and depression and discuss how we can address this.  He will identify suitable psycho-spiritual resources. 

27th June, 2pm-4pm

Thinking Of You: Spirituality, personhood and dementia care

Led by: Joanna Collicutt.

Joanna is the Oxford Diocesan Advisor for the Spiritual Care of Older  People & Karl Jaspers Lecturer in psychology of religion and spirituality at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.  She is a chartered psychologist and for many years worked as a senior consultant clinical neuropsychologist.

Conditions affecting higher cognitive function can be seen as an   assault on personal identity and they therefore pose a particular challenge to spiritual care at both a conceptual and practical level. The seminar will delineate these challenges, and explore ways of addressing them.