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2nd International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference 'Nurturing the Spirit' 23rd June 2016

This the 2nd Spirituality conference was a huge success. In the morning the opening address was delivered by Prof Cecily Begley. Our first keynote speaker was Prof. Jean Watson: Watson Caring Science Institute. Jean gave a brilliant talk entitled 'Spirituality and universality of human caring-return to love and sacred heart of humanity for healing'. Concurrent sessions took place in the morning & afternoon from presenters both nationally & internationally. In the afternoon we heard from our second keynote speaker Dr. Kate Piderman:Mayo Clinic. Kate's discussion was entitled 'Respecting spirituality in the medical ill-evidence & experience.

There was an interactive panel discussion in the afternoon and the question posed was 'What does it mean to nurture the spirit in the healthcare setting'. There were posters and prizes awarded for the best of these.

There was also a special prize called the Carole King Annual Student Prize and three current BSc students won these prizes for assignments they wrote on Spirituality in the healthcare area.

A great conference, thanks to all who attended.


(left to right) Dr. Fiona Timmins, Dr. Kate Piderman, Prof. Jean Watson, Ms. Jacqueline Whelan



(Left to right) Jenny Hall, Wendy Wigley, Sinéad Buckley, Prof. Jean Watson


(Left to right) Eniola Oladiti, Sandra Nyoka, Doireann Chapman, Carole King


The Spirituality Interest Group, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, hosted its first Third Public Lecture of the 2015-2016 series on May 5th “Reflecting on Spirituality within the Context of the Damaged Brain"

Colin R. Martin RN, BSc, MSc, PhD, MBA, YCAP, FHEA, C.Psychol, AFBPsS, C.Sci is Professor of Mental Health at Buckinghamshire New University, Middlesex, UK.  He is a Registered Nurse, Chartered Health Psychologist and a Chartered Scientist. He has published or has in press well over 200 research papers and book chapters.  He is a keen book author and editor having written and/or edited 15 books all of which reflect his diverse academic interests that examine in-depth, the interface between mental health and physical health. Additionally, he has major research programmes focusing on stress-vulnerability models of psychosis and schizophrenia, perinatal mental health, puerperal psychosis, occupational wellbeing assessment, forensic psychiatry, addiction, myalgic encephalomyelitis and, as highlighted, the relationship between physical and mental health.

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