Welcome to the blog site of the APA’s Caucus on Spirituality, Religion and Psychiatry, convened in May, 2012 to facilitate communication and collaboration among members interested in this dimension of our work. Feel free to participate by completing your author profile (with information about your position, relevant interests and activities), and by using resources available through this site to develop ways of improving clinical practice, teaching and research. Please also incicate your interest in helping with the functioing of the Caucus, including by serving in office. Thanks!

Published by John Peteet

As a psychiatrist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, my interest in the psychiatry/spirituality interface has been stimulated by work in addiction, life-threatening illness and the treatment of religious patients. I co-teach a medical school course Spirituality, Healing and Medicine, an Ethics in Psychiatry course to PGY 2 residents, and a Spirituality, Religion and Psychiatry course to our PGY 4 residents. In addition to papers and chapters I've authored or co-edited Doing the Right Thing: An Approach to Moral Issues in Mental Health Treatment (APPI, 2004), Handbook of Spirituality and Religion in Clinical Practice (APPI, 2004), Religious and Spiritual Issues in Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Research Agenda for DSM-5 (APPI, 2011), Depression and the Soul: A Guide to Spiritually Integrated Treatment (Routledge, 2011) and The Soul of Medicine: Spiritual Perspectives and Clinical Practice (Johns Hopkins, 2011). I'm interested in collaborating with others on projects at the APA Annual Meeting.

5 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. John and all who have worked so diligently on the process, thank you so much. I hope we can use the web site to share our thoughts and keep the interaction going. Dan Blazer

    1. Dan,
      Thanks for your kind words on our new blog for the Spirituality, Religion, and Psychiatry Caucus of the APA. John Peteet has been a friend for years, and so I did offer to help with set up and blog editor. We hope to provide a venue for connecting people and ideas, in an international and multifaith forum like this. Your own work through the years has been greatly appreciated by many of us…Steve Mory, MD

  2. Please note that the 2012 Oskar Pfister Award Lecture will be given by Harold Koenig, M.D. at the IPS meeting in New York, Sunday, October 7th, 8-9:30 AM.

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