Religion and cultural sensitivity in Counselling and Therapy course for the caring professions

 

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Free choice subject Working with your clients'
religious beliefs

– an essential course for anyone in the
caring professions

A NEW course with: Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson

Introduction

About three quarters of the UK's population consider themselves ‘religious’ or ‘spiritual’.

As an individual’s beliefs can be a sensitive and emotive issue, it’s important for anyone working with distressed people – including therapists, counsellors, medical and welfare professionals – to be aware of the key differing religious tenets: what someone might believe as a result of adhering to a particular religion. There are at least 6 reasons for this:

  • Tolerance of, and interest in, a client’s religious beliefs builds rapport
  • Any belief system can be used as a resource in therapy
  • Religion satisfies many peoples’ innate need for meaning and purpose
  • You can easily upset a client if you make wrong or foolish assumptions about their beliefs
  • Strong emotions often surround firmly-held beliefs – regrettably some people are prepared to die, or kill, for their religion
  • The contrast between strongly held religious beliefs and the modern secular world contributes to raising stress levels in sensitive individuals, particularly among some immigrant communities.

This course on working sensitively with religion in therapy, with Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson (a leading theological and social cohesion expert who sat on the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life and holds the Human Givens Diploma), will give you a wealth of useful knowledge around religion and counselling.

It will increase your understanding, help maximise your effectiveness and give you plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss cases with an extremely knowledgeable tutor.

 

What you will gain from the day:

  • An outline of the world’s main religious beliefs and how they differ
  • Insight into the commonalities between religions
  • How to know if it’s necessary to approach the topic of religion in therapeutic or educational settings
  • How to employ RIGAAR™ in this context
  • Religion and therapy: dealing with your own reactions – how to position yourself to your clients’ faith
  • An understanding of psychology’s complex relationship with religion
  • Discussion of the difference between religious practice and cult behaviour
  • Understanding the positive and negative impacts of clients’ beliefs
    or practices
  • How to keep cool when faced with extreme religious dogma
    in a patient or student
  • Religion as a resource in therapy: a treasure-house of images and symbols that can be used therapeutically
  • A greater understanding of the significance of truth in your clients' lives
  • Can a lack of faith ever be a problem?
  • Greater understanding of the role of religion and other forms of belief in the formation of character and ethics
  • Why the HG approach to ethics in relation to religion is so important – and how it can help you
  • The importance of religion in counselling: how to work sensitively with your clients' religious beliefs
  • Religion as the great storyteller: stories that heal and enlighten,
    and how to use them
  • CPD Certificate
  • ...and more

Who should attend?

  • Psychotherapists and counsellors
  • Teachers, lecturers and other education professionals
  • Police and legal professionals where religion is an issue
  • HR Managers and volunteers working with the public
  • Anyone with a personal interest in the topic

 

Course Programme

The ‘Working with your clients' religious beliefs’ course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's programme

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – What religion is and does

  • What is religious sensitivity?
  • Why religion is so loved and hated
  • Understanding psychology’s complex relationship with religion
  • Overview of common themes in the world’s religions
  • Understanding the many dimensions of religious belief, practice and belonging
  • ‘Spiritual, not religious’, ‘believing without belonging’: spirituality outside religion

11.00am – Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – What religion is and does for your client

  • How religion and other beliefs can meet many needs (or none)
  • Understanding the positive and negative impacts of clients’ beliefs or practices
  • The Utilisation Principle: deploying your clients’ beliefs in pursuit of their goals
  • Dealing with your own reactions; how to position yourself to your clients’ faith
  • Dealing with dogmatism and authoritarian impulses in religious beliefs
  • Can lack of ‘faith’ ever be a problem?
  • Can or should you encourage clients to modify their religious stances?

1.00pm – Lunch (included)

1.45pm – Meaning, value and transcendence

  • Religion and other forms of belief in the formation of character and ethics
  • The benefits for mental wellbeing in taking action and faith as an inspiration
  • The place of ‘transcendence’ or something greater than oneself
  • The importance of meaning and purpose in a well-lived life
  • Valuing the significance of truth in your clients’ lives

2.45pm – Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – Stories, symbols and metaphors

  • Religion as resource: a treasure-house of images and symbols in the aid of therapy
  • Religion as the great storyteller: stories that heal and enlighten, and how to use them
  • Closing thoughts and discussion

4.00pm — Day ends


Places are limited on this exciting new course
– book yours now:

Working with your clients' religious beliefs
– an essential course for anyone in the caring professions

Tuesday 12th December 2017               Manchester

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Tuesday 1st May 2018                                 London

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Wednesday 10th October 2018                    London

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To book by phone call 01323 811690.
Alternatively, you can download an application form and post or fax it to:
Human Givens College, Chalvington, East Sussex, BN27 3TD.
fax:
 00 44 (0)1323 811486

Also see, How to Book