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How to work with Religious SensitivityFree choice subject

A NEW course with: Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson

Why this course is important

About three quarters of the UK population claim to be ‘religious’. If the topic of religion comes up when working with distressed people, it is important for therapists, counsellors, medical and welfare professionals to be aware of differing religious tenets: what the person might believe as a result of adhering to a particular religion.

There are at least five reasons for this:

  • Tolerance of, and interest in, a client’s religious beliefs builds rapport
  • Any belief system can be used as a resource, particularly 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.

What you will gain from the day:

  • An outline understanding of the world’s main religious beliefs and how they differ
  • Insight into commonalities between religions
  • How to know if it’s necessary to approach the topic in therapeutic or educational settings
  • How to employ RIGAAR™ in this context
  • Discussion of the difference between religious practice and cult behaviour
  • How to keep cool when faced with extreme religious dogma in a patient or student
  • Why the HG approach to ethics in relation to religion is so important and how it can help you
  • Course notes and a 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 'How to work with Religious Sensitivity' 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:

How to work with Religious Sensitivity

Friday 6th October 2017                              London

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Tuesday 12th December 2017              Manchester

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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.
 00 44 (0)1323 811486

Also see, How to Book