Summer 2013

Summer Greetings!

Our Executive Committee has begun monthly conference calls, and would like to encourage your ideas and participation. This week we discussed ways to collaborate with Division 36 of the American Psychological Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group, and the WPA Section on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry, including through newsletters. We are also discussing potential topics and speakers for submissions (due the beginning of September) for next spring’s APA Annual Meeting in New York, and so welcome all input. It would be great to see many of you at our next meeting at the IPS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this October.

Thanks,

John

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.

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