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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Spirituality and Psychiatry

Edited by Chris Cook, Andrew Powell and Andrew Sims

Price: £25.00

Members' discount available

Published: Jun 2009

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 318

ISBN: 9781904671718

Spirituality and Psychiatry

Spirituality is a crucial but sometimes overlooked aspect of mental well-being and psychiatric care. This book explores the nature of spirituality, its relationship to religion, and the reasons for its importance in clinical practice.

In this evidence-based text, the authors discuss the prevention and management of illness, as well as the maintenance of recovery. Different chapters focus on the key subspecialties of psychiatry, including psychotherapy, child and adolescent psychiatry, intellectual disability psychiatry, substance misuse psychiatry and old age psychiatry. It contains references to up-to-date research and provides a comprehensive review of the relevant academic literature. The book is, at least in part, a response to the questions posed by researchers, service users and clinicians, concerning the importance of spirituality in mental healthcare.


Contributors include psychiatrists, psychotherapists, mental healthcare chaplains and a social worker. They discuss aspects of experience often omitted from psychiatry and present both clinician and service user perspectives.



The book will be of wide interest to psychiatrists, psychiatry trainees and all mental health professionals.


 Book-signing session for Spirituality and Psychiatry   Book-signing session for Spirituality and Psychiatry 
 Book-signing session held to launch the book at the Annual Meeting 2009, Liverpool  


About the editors

Chris Cook: Professorial Research Fellow, Department of Theology & Religion, Durham University, and Consultant in Substance Misuse, Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

Andrew Powell: formerly Consultant Psychotherapist and Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, St George’s Hospital and University of London; and Consultant Psychotherapist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, the Warneford Hospital and University of Oxford.

Andrew Sims: former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Leeds.


Each of the editors has in the past served as Chair of the Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


Quote from the editors:

"Our guiding principle has been that spirituality in psychiatry, far from being an optional extra, is a necessary foundation for good clinical practice."


1. Spirituality in psychiatry - Andrew Sims and Christopher C. H. Cook

2. Assessing spiritual needs - Larry Culliford and Sarah Eagger

3. Psychosis - Susan Mitchell and Glenn Roberts

4. Suicide - Cherrie Coghlan and Imran Ali

5. Child and adolescent psychiatry - Mike Shooter

6. Psychotherapy - Andrew Powell and Christopher MacKenna

7. Intellectual disability - Oyepeju Raji

8. Substance misuse - Christopher C. H. Cook

9. Neuroscience of the spirit - Peter Fenwick

10. Spiritual care in the NHS - Sarah Eagger, Peter Richmond and Peter Gilbert

11. The transpersonal perspective - Tim Read and Nicki Crowley

12. Religion and religious experiences - Mohamed Omar Salem and John Foskett

13. Pathological spirituality - Nicki Crowley and Gillie Jenkinson

14. Ageing - Robert M. Lawrence and Julia H. Head

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"Has much to offer to practitioners and trainees. The challenges represented in providing theologically and scientifically thoughtful care for those suffering among us are substantive...[this text] contributes significantly to meeting those challenges ...provides helpful guideposts for further consideration."
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"This is an exceptional book...of interest to the specialist as well as the more general reader wishing to get an informed overview of the field of Spirituality and Mental Health.  The chapters are very well written and draw the reader in with both evocative case well as historical material.  The editors and the authors of this volume have done a successful job in presenting spirituality in its many guises and key, often undervalued, role in mental health services.  Highly recommended!"
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