Psychosis and Spirituality: Inner Journeys in a Time Of Transition
10th November 2011. Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University.
Speakers’ Biographical Notes and Workshop Details
Les LancasterLes is Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University, and part of the Adjunct Research Faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, California. He is a past Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, and currently President of the International Transpersonal Association. His published works include Mind Brain and Human Potential, winner of a Science and Medical Network Best Book Award, The Essence of Kabbalah, and Approaches to Consciousness: the Marriage of Science and Mysticism and contributions to various journals.
Dr Mike JacksonMike is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, University of Bangor, living and working in the NHS in North Wales. He has a long term interest in benign psychosis, and has conducted and published research in this area throughout his career.
Isabel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, currently employed as Psychological Therapies Lead in a new NHS Acute Inpatient Unit (Woodhaven, New Forest). Her aim is to establish therapeutic and non stigmatizing approaches at the heart of the mental health service, and to this end she has published with colleagues an evaluation (Durrant et al. 2007) and an edited book (Clarke and Wilson 2008) to demonstrate how this can be done. Her work on psychosis and spirituality opens the way to a radical rethinking of openness to unusual experience which takes it away from the illness model. This is published in Madness, Mystery and the Survival of God (2008) and she edited, Psychosis and Spirituality: consolidating the new paradigm (2010). Details of her publications and activities can be found on her web site
Workshop Title: "Ways of Working beyond the Psychosis/Spirituality Threshold.
Engagement and Mindfulness"
Dr Christopher Findlay
Christopher is a general psychiatrist practising in Cheshire. He has been a member of the executive committee of the Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 2000. He is interested in neuroscience and psychotherapy.
Workshop title: “Spirituality and the body in the healing of
Janice is an independent mental health trainer, a director and volunteer for the Spiritual Crisis Network, and an ex-user of psychiatric services. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in consciousness and transpersonal psychology from Liverpool John Moores University
Workshop title: “The Hero's (and Heroine's) Journey”
Dr Jessica Bockler
Jessica is a professional theatre director and actress, specialising in physical theatre and expressive movement. She trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts from 1996 to 1999 and has since led many diverse arts projects with professional performers and non-actors alike. Jessica specialises in arts & mental health and is currently Arts Officer of Creative Alternatives, an ‘arts on prescription‘ programme in the borough of Sefton, Merseyside. Jessica recently completed a PhD in Psychology, examining the psychosomatic effects of self-expressive theatre practices upon the actor.
Workshop Title: “The Psychosomatics of Creativity: How Mindful Play
enhances Wellbeing and Health”
Dr David King (Chair)
David is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist — previously a general nurse and psychiatric nurse — providing clinical lead, professional advice and supervision to the Clinical Psychologists in the four Community Mental Health Teams across Liverpool. His approach to understanding and working with people with psychosis, as with all severe and complex mental problems, is via the principles of treating the person as being unexceptional (in exceptional circumstances), and of ‘recovery’. His therapeutic approach is integrative. For many years he has also read widely and intensively in philosophy, comparative mysticism and transpersonal theory, and is currently writing a book-length work intended to reassess and enhance ‘integral theory’ on its own terms.