Spirituality & Diversity Discussion Project
The Spirituality & Diversity Discussion Project is a mental health education initiative between Spiritual Health Association & Victorian Transcultural Mental Health.
Earlier this year Josie Tremain, a founding member of the project team took up fulltime study, and we welcomed Kim Wriedt, Education Consultant from Victorian Transcultural Mental Health as her replacement, joining Justin Kuay, Tahmineh Salehi, Rohan Souter, James Godfrey, and SHA's Jenny Greenham. After engaging in an evaluation, the program relaunched last month with a live webinar to mental health sector workers titled: Spiritual Care Responses to Mental Health Crisis and Recovery. Members of the panel were joined by Henrique Van-Dunem, Consumer/Peer Worker Consultant to explore different perspectives and responses to a range of mental health presentations. Audience members were treated to a rich, in-depth, and highly nuanced and engaging conversation.
Following on from this event, the team is pleased to announce a term 3 program of small reflective discussion sessions to run fortnightly through August and September. These sessions provide an opportunity for the many different voices who share an interest in mental health care to come together around the virtual table to share experiences, nominate issues and explore other ways of connecting to the whole person. Each session is allocated a theme that invites participants to reflect upon and respond to. The following is a preview of what’s in store in term 3. (Please note there will be a term 4 program running from mid-October through to November with details to follow)
Tuesday 3 August
Spiritual identity and positive mental health and wellbeing: What’s the relationship?
Tuesday 17 August
Spiritual beliefs, values and/or personal biases: Do they influence my work?
Tuesday 31 August
Understanding spiritual trauma through spiritual care: Where to begin?
Tuesday 14 Sept
Recovery and spiritual care values: Are we talking about the same thing?
For bookings and more information about the Spirituality and Diversity Discussion sessions, please click here.
Top photo – S & D Project Team just prior to going live on June 22 for Spiritual Care Responses to Mental Health Crisis and Recovery webinar.