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CLASH OF BELIEFS! Culture, Spirituality, & Health

The Scientific and Medical Network

Thursday, 25 April 2019 at 17:30 - Thursday, 4 July 2019 at 19:00 (BST)

CLASH OF BELIEFS!  Culture, Spirituality, & Health

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Course Admission 10 May 2019 £165.00 £8.51

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Presented by Dr Natalie Tobert this comprehensive course Clash of Beliefs: Culture, Spirituality and Health explores new spiritual and cultural frameworks for understanding ourselves and unusual experiences. We explore what it means to be human in today’s world.  

This exciting course lies within the discipline of medical anthropology. That is, it considers what people like us really do to benefit our health, alongside biomedicine.  It presents various meanings given to the term ‘spirituality’ and discusses their relevance for our understanding of medicine and healthcare.

 Throughout we encourage participants to develop a positive awareness of cross-cultural understandings of the human body and its core experiences (which may include altered states of consciousness).  The seminars raise awareness of cultural, religious, or spiritual beliefs which may influence our access to health care.  The text book ‘Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing’ is offered with this module. 


This course is suitable for front line practitioners in medicine and health care, and for other front line staff including social workers, housing officers, police, ambulance, maternity and teachers. It is also for people like us, anyone who would benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of our fellow humans.  It was developed to enhance social well being and spiritual understandings, at a global level.

The aim of seminars is to empower us to work with spiritual and religious beliefs; to raise awareness of cultural expressions of physical and mental distress; and to explore communication strategies that can be used during consultation. A long term aim is to improve quality of life for practitioners, clients, and us. Previous participants have entered at any stage. 


This course is made up of ten sessions, offered weekly, which includes the reading week.  It is divided into four parts: The Human Body and the Self; Mental Wellbeing and Altered States; Consciousness Beyond Death; and Cultural U-Turns and Paradigm Change.   The topics include those below.

Part One: The Human Body and the Self

  • Spirituality and Cultural Meanings
  • Conception and Identity
  • Women and Human Behaviour
  • Human Body and the Self

Part Two: Mental Wellbeing and Altered States

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Religious and Spiritual Experiences

Part Three: Consciousness Beyond Death

  • Death Dying and Beyond
  • Survival Beyond Death

Part Four: Cultural U-Turns and Paradigm Change

  • Cultural U-Turns & Paradigm Change

Testimonials from previous courses

“overall an amazing and interesting course”

“Very balanced and thought provoking, excellent.”

“opened my eyes to things you would not expect to discuss”

“we covered a wide variety of topics otherwise not discussed in the degree”

“Excellent, worth going to, makes you think more about your roles as a health care professional.”

“The whole series of workshops have already proved thought provoking and relevant to my practice. Thank you.”

“Very professional, well paced.”

Do you have questions about CLASH OF BELIEFS! Culture, Spirituality, & Health? Contact The Scientific and Medical Network

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 at 17:30 - Thursday, 4 July 2019 at 19:00 (BST)

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The Scientific and Medical Network

A leading international forum for people engaged in creating a new worldview for the 21st century. The Network brings together scientists, doctors, psychologists, engineers, philosophers, complementary practitioners and other professionals, and has Members in more than thirty countries. The Network is a charity which was founded in 1973 and became a charitable company limited by guarantee at the beginning of 2004 (UK Registration Number 1101171).

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Membership of the Network is open to anyone who wishes to explore some of the most difficult questions of our time in concert with a community of like minds. Student members must be studying towards a first degree engaged in full-time study.

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