A Practical Theology of Mental Health - 27th Jan 2020 to 31st Jan 2020

This course explores the practical and theological implications of the experiences of people living with mental health challenges. It explores a number of key areas with a view to helping the church as a Body, and Christians as individuals faithfully to understand and respond to complex mental health issues. The course will use a multidisciplinary approach to explore some of the ways in which theology in its theoretical and practical dimensions can throw fresh light on mental health issues in ways that are challenging of, but complementary of other perspectives. Amongst other things, the course will develop understandings of mental health experiences such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, as well as thinking through crucial issues in relation to areas such as dementia and brain damage. At the end of the course, students should have a firm grasp of the nature of mental health and ill-health from a variety of perspectives and should be able to offer understanding and assistance to people living with mental health issues.

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