In past times mental illness was considered to be caused by spirit entanglement or possession and treated as such. In rejecting the possibility of the continuation of consciousness beyond death modern science, in its outreach through psychiatry, has denied the possibility of spirit influence in mental health conditions including schizophrenia, auditory and perceptual hallucinations, and identity disorders. Has science thrown the baby out with the bath water by rigidly affirming this stance and thereby creating barriers to dealing holistically with a wide range of mental health conditions? This conference, bringing together a number of experts, will consider the impact of spirit influence in mental health, suggesting alternative yet complementary ways to heal the mind. It will be of value to all those dealing with mental health issues, including psychiatrists, GPs, therapists, mental health nurses as well as those who feel that they are, or might be, suffering from some form of spirit interference.
Dr Erlendur Haraldsson , professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Iceland and author of The Departed Among the Living; Dr David McDonald, consultant psychiatrist and advisor to the Churches Ministry on ‘Deliverance’, Dr Terence Palmer, author of The Science of Spirit Possession, Denise Clark , an NHS mental health assessor, who has direct experience in dealing with her own possession states, Mike Williamson, practising medium and author of Schizophrenia or Spirit Possession and Dr David Furlong, Transpersonal Counsellor, Director of Spirit Release Forum and author of Illuminating the Shadow.
Lunch and Refreshments: Tea and coffee will be provided in morning and afternoon breaks. Buffet lunches are available in the university canteen.