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Attentiveness of the Heart: Mental Well-Being, Spirituality and Young People

Saturday 12th November 2016


Time: 10am - 4pm Location: St Mary's University, Twickenham

In collaboration with the Catholic Bishops’ of England and Wales Mental Health Project and the Catholic Children’s Society

The day is a forum for young people seeking to integrate mental health and spiritual issues and those who care for them: chaplains, ministers, counsellors and mental health professionals. There will be opportunities to explore methods of practice and talk about the integration of spirituality and mental health with practitioners in the field.

Guest Speakers

The day will run from 10am to 4pm and will include talks, workshops and plenary forum. The cost of £35 includes a buffet lunch. Concessions available.

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Baroness Sheila Hollins

Baroness Hollins is Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability at St George’s University of London and Honorary Professor of Spirituality, Theology and Health, University of Durham. She is currently President of the College of Occupational Therapists, has been President of both the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Medical Association and chaired the BMA Board of Science from 2013 until June 2016. She was appointed an Independent member of the House of Lords in 2010 where she speaks on mental health and disability issues. She is Executive Chair of Beyond Words, which publishes picture books with an international reach to help people with communication disabilities explore and share life events, relationships and wellbeing. Her main research has been in the mental and physical health of people with intellectual disabilities. She was appointed a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2014, and Chairs the Scientific Advisory Group of the Centre for Child Protection, Gregorian University, Rome. She has four children, two of whom are disabled, and four grandchildren and lives in Surrey. She has been a castaway on Desert Island Discs, the iconic BBC radio programme.

Junior Lynch

Junior graduated with an honours degree in Theology and Religious studies in 2014, and has since become an active member in promoting awareness of psychosis throughout his academic professional and personal endeavours. Within the final year of his degree, Junior delved into the possibility of broadening cognitive behavioural criteria, whilst assessing the nature of the relationship shared between psychosis and religious belief. Junior is now a lecturer of religious studies, philosophy and ethics in Hampshire; he actively seeks to shape his pedagogy to promote awareness of mental health conditions within the classroom setting. It is his intention to further research within this field and formulate new methods of positively promoting awareness of mental health; thus banishing any existing taboos that surround it. Junior is currently in the process of completing a Masters qualification in the field of Theology, where he aims to readdress the liminal nature of psychosis and spirituality. He attributes much of his passion and dedication to the subject to personal and family experiences of mental health.

Dr Fiona Wilson

Fiona is a Senior Lecturer at St Mary's University where she delivers on the Post Graduate Education provision. Over the last eighteen years Fiona has worked as a lecturer, teacher, trainer, manager and consultant across a broad spectrum of teaching environments including Higher, Further, Adult, Secondary Education, and Pupil Referral Units. Fiona specialises in the impact of emotions on behaviour, behaviour for learning, leadership and management, and innovative practice within curriculum design and delivery. Fiona also supports the consultancy being currently provided to Leinster Rugby Club where she is working with senior coaches to create a reflective mentoring culture within the club and to explore how emotions impact on the ability of players to ‘stay in play’ within the game. Fiona is currently undertaking a PHD exploring emotional wisdom within teaching and coaching.

Dr Humphrey James

Humphrey grew up in London and is an Emergency Department doctor at Croydon University Hospital. Before going into medicine he was a teacher in Feltham, West London. It was then – working with young people with behavioural and emotional issues – that he started becoming interested in the effects of stress on mental and physical well-being. This stayed with him into his medical career and now in the Emergency Department he sees many patients whose distress is often as emotional as it is physical. His work often gives me the chance to explore this connection between the mind, the brain and the body. Although an ancient field of enquiry, this is still a new frontier in western medicine and one which his current A & E Wellbeing project intends to open up more.

Bishop Richard Moth

Bishop Richard Moth: Bishop Richard was born in Chingola, Zambia in July 1958. He was brought up in Kent and, after leaving The Judd School, Tonbridge, began formation at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh. He was ordained a Priest on 3rd July 1982. He served as assistant priest at St. St. Bede’s, Clapham Park before pursing studies in Canon Law at St. Paul University, Ottawa. In 1987 he was appointed assistant priest at St. Saviour’s, Lewisham, during which time he also served as a Territorial Army Chaplain with 217 General Hospital RAMC(V). He served as Private Secretary to Archbishop Michael Bowen from 1992 until 2001, during which time he was also President of the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Second Instance of Southwark and Vocations Director. In 2001 he was appointed Vicar General and Chancellor of the Diocese. In September 2009 he was appointed Bishop of the Armed Forces by Pope Benedict XVI. He is Chair of Governors at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, Liaison Bishop both for Prisons and for the National Catholic Scout Fellowship and holds a brief on Mental Health on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. In March 2015 he was announced as the 5th Bishop of the diocese of Arundel & Brighton and was installed at Arundel Cathedral on 28 May 2015. Bishop Richard has been a Benedictine Oblate for over 30 years and is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, with whom he has travelled many times to the Holy Land. He enjoys horse riding and walking.

Dr Rosemary Keenan

Rosemary is a qualified social worker and is the Chief Executive of the Catholic Children’s Society. The Society works in over 70 schools in London and the South-East delivering a range of mental health services to children and young people, along with training to professionals.

Caroline Bennett

Is a qualified nursery nurse and social worker. She is Head of Services at the Catholic Children’s Society.

Siobain Degregorio

Is a highly experienced mental health professional and trainer with an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Adolescents. Siobain has almost 20 years experience supporting vulnerable children and young people including those at risk of permanent exclusion, those with SEN, those leaving the care system, and looked after children. She works for the Catholic Children’s Society.
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