Seelsorge, Psychologie und Medizin im Gespräch mit Spiritual Care (Psychologische Perspektive)

Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina; Schneider-Harpprecht, Christoph; Borasio, Gian Domenico (1 June 2015). Seelsorge, Psychologie und Medizin im Gespräch mit Spiritual Care (Psychologische Perspektive) (Unpublished). In: 1. International Conference on Intercultural Spiritual Care and Counceling. Haus der Religionen Bern. 31.05.-02.06.2015.

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Spirituality is a travelling concept among different disciplines. As for psychology, spirituality has long been a neglected topic – especially in the academic context. However, during the last dec-ade there has been an increase of theoretical and empirical work, mainly emerging from positive and life-span developmental psychology. This research focuses spirituality either as an element of well-being or as predictor of well-being and health (e.g. as a coping strategy), or finally as an outcome after dealing with critical life events (i.e. spiritual growth). This knowledge has an impact on spiritual care – and vice-versa spiritual care – as a growing inter- and transdisciplinary field – has an impact on clinical psychological practice.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

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Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Katja Margelisch

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08 Jun 2015 15:51

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Pastoral and Spiritual Care Across Religions and Cultures Prof. Dr. Isabelle Noth University of Bern Dr. Georg Wenz Ev. Akademie der Pfalz The First International Conference on Intercultural Spiritual Care and Counseling tackles challenges that emerge in pluralistic societies. Approaching the specific needs and actions of chaplaincy, spiritual care and counseling in different areas, the conference deals with major questions of intercultural, interreligious, and interdisciplinary dialogue. It introduces different concepts of caring and counseling across religions, analyses expectations of different communities towards spiritual care, and compares them critically with confession based pastoral care and counseling. Addressing people's needs in today's pluralistic societies requires understanding, respect, and appreciation of others in their diversity. Therefore, encounter becomes pivotal and the exchange between Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, people without religious affiliation, and Atheists is of utmost importance and greatest value. Of equal significance is the cooperative approach of the disciplines concerned – in particularly the disciplines of theology, psychology, and medicine. These two are key issues of this conference which aims to promote a better integration and collaboration of people from different faith-backgrounds, cultures and groups. The first part of the conference focuses on grasping the concept of spiritual care from the perspectives of the three disciplines: pastoral care, psychology, and medicine. Emphasis will be placed on describing the impact of spiritual care upon each discipline. The second part deals with spiritual and pastoral care and counseling in pluralistic societies, also taking into consideration the complexity of voluntary engagement. In particular, it will focus on the questions of how we can support more research in this area, and how we can implement future research results for the benefit of the general public. Thus, the conference's wider purpose is to encourage the cooperation of researchers from different countries and disciplines working in the field of religious and spiritual care. The conference is organized by the Faculty of Theology, University of Bern, Switzerland and the Protestant Academy of Landau, Germany. It will take place in the House of Religions in Bern and is financed by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme. (Prof. Dr. Isabelle Noth, Dr. Georg Wenz




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