Ethnic Health Initiative – spirit possession and mental health conferences


Spirit possession is recognised worldwide across many cultures and by several religions. Spirit possession is often seen as an idiom of distress causing a change in behaviour and mental well being. Spirit possession is also included in the ICD 10 and DSM IV classifications of mental disorders, yet the extent to which it is recognised and / or discussed in clinical practice is less than we would expect, even in UK cities where there resides a diverse population.
This one day event will consider the critical themes and debates on spirit possession from an anthropological, social, psychological, medical and religious perspective using a range of illustrative case study, clinical practice and research.
• Discuss possible definitions and different kinds of spirit possession
• Debate the key elements which typify spirit possession
• Discuss who can make a diagnosis of spirit possession and how such a diagnosis might be made
• Compare and contrast how spirit possession might be viewed by clinicians, religious leaders, healers, the “the patient”, family and community members
• Discuss the value of using patient’s explanatory model of illness
• Reflect upon the key issues associated with defining what is “normal” and “abnormal”
• Discuss folk healing practices in different cultures and “treatment” options including exorcism
• Consider whether there is a need to enhance joint working between mental health professionals and transitional healers.
This conference will be relevant to all professionals in the field of Mental Health and Social Care, including those from Local Authorities and NHS trusts across the UK, Social Workers, Approved Mental Health Professionals, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teams, CPN’s, OT’s, Chaplains, Community Faith Leaders & Healers, Equality Leads, Community Development Workers, Service User Representatives, Charities, Third Sector, Educational Establishments, Academics and Policy makers.

2nd edition of The Science of Spirit Possession released

2nd ed cover


This second edition includes an additional chapter on neuro-imaging and automatic writing, together with a draft research protect protocol to test the efficacy of remote spirit release therapy under strictly controlled conditions.

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Read what some reviewers say about the book here

SMN Frontiers of science and spirituality

A day of 10-minute talks at Imperial College, London

Costs just £15 and free for undergraduates

More info and booking form here:

Speakers: Prof John Drew, David Lorimer, Dr Sheelah James, Dr Fiona Bowie, Prof Jim Malone, Vasileios Basios, Paul Kieniewicz, Dr Oliver Robinson, Dr Peter Bowman, Prof John Poynton, Prof Kevin Gurney, Prof Brian Lancaster, Hugh Standish Harrison, Brian Isbell, Mark Mathews, Dr Peter Davies

38th SPR annual international conference

The SPR’s 38th International Annual conference will be held at the University of York between Friday 5 and Sunday 7 September 2014. SEE PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION – NOW OPEN.

The SPR’s 38th International Annual conference will be held at Vanbrugh College, at the University of York between Friday 5 and Sunday 7 September 2014. University of York is on the edge of the city centre and has very easy links to transport and all the attractions of this historic city, so we hope you will enjoy the location. As always, our full conference programme will address a broad range of topics, covering both spontaneous cases and laboratory research. In addition to the talks, conferences are a marvellous opportunity to network and share views, and there will be time to socialise over lunch and the regular coffee breaks, not to mention during the President’s drinks reception on Friday evening and Saturday’s conference banquet. Speakers will come from all over the UK, as well as from Europe and around the world, making it truly an international event. Those who attend, whether this is their first conference or their thirty-eight, can be sure of having both an informative and a very enjoyable time. We look forward to seeing you in York!


May 1st, 2014 6:35 PM   through   9:00 PM


Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
Campden Hill Road
W8 7RX
United Kingdom
Phone: 020 7937 8984

Spirit Release Therapy, as a clinical alternative to religious exorcism and traditional shamanistic practice is largely unknown by mainstream medical practice and psychiatry.   This is due to several interrelated factors.  Primarily, materialistic science does not recognise any concept of a spirit world and doctors are therefore not yet trained in SRT principles and techniques.   SRT sits uncomfortably between the disbelief of a materialist secular society and the subjective experience of spirit possession: whether that experience is a symptom of psychosis, symbolic representation, socio-cultural expectation or a veridical manifestation.  In contrast to the monism of mechanistic science, every culture and religious belief system throughout human history has its traditional beliefs of spirit possession in some form or another with corresponding rituals for the release or exorcism of spirit entities.   It is common knowledge that Christianity has its angels, devils and demons (although the majority of modern so-called Christians probably don’t believe they really exist). Islam has its Jinns and the Hindus have a variety of evil spirits.

The conflict between the epistemologies of modern science and religion lies in the conceptual differences in perception that are arrived at through empirical data and radical empirical experience.  In short, it is a difference between what we believe to be true and what we know to be true.

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