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The May 2009 issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry has an editorial and two review articles on Religional, Spirituality and Mental Health, including Clinical Implications of Research on Religion, Spriituality and Mental Health written by Dr Marilyn Baetz and Dr John Toews.

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Publications by ASMH Members:

Creativity, Spirituality and Mental Health: Exploring Connections
Kelley Raab Mayo.
Ashgate 2009  (due November 2009).

This book emphasizes the integral connections between imagination, creativity, and spirituality and their role in healing. First, the author highlights the work of a neglected yet important psychoanalyst, Marion Milner - a painter and undeclared mystic - expanding her work on creativity, mysticism, and mental health. Second, she explores imagination and creativity as expressed in fostering hope and in spiritually-oriented therapies, particularly for mood, anxiety, and eating disorders - offering practical application of studies in imagination and the arts. Raab Mayo concludes that both creativity and the potential for transcendence are inherent in the human psyche and can work as allies in the process of healing from mental illness.  For more details about the book, visit the publisher's web site.


Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health:

The Haworth Press is offering a 30% discount off regular individual rates to this journal for ASMH members. http://www.haworthpress.com/store/product.asp?sku=J515


May 2011 President's Report

To view the 2011 ASMH President's Report, click here


Association for Spirituality and Mental Health Journal Club:

Journal Club is held every second month, usually on the 3rd Thursday, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Spirituality Centre at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (2nd floor). 

2012 Journal Clubs:

January 26th 2012: Ushering in Heaven: A Psychiatrist's Prescription for Healing, Joy and Spiritual Awakening. Presentation facilitated by the author, Rev. Sunder S Arora, MD, FRCPC. 

2011 Journal Clubs:

December 1st 2011: "The Adventists". Video Presentation and discussion facilitated by Colin Cameron, MDCM, FRCPC.

October 20th 2011: Inuit Shamanism and Perinatal Birthing Practises. Presentation and discussion facilitated by Brittany Irvine (MA Student U of O)

April 14th 2011: Healing Practice of Yoga and the Treatment of Anxiety Disorder. Presentation and discussion facilitated by Whitnee Denard-Paul (BA) Kundalini Yoga Instructor.


2010 Journal Clubs:

November 25th 2010: Islamic Perspectives on Mental Health. Presented by Berak Hussain (BA, M.Ed Counselling), International Students Counsellor (Health & Counselling Services).

October 21st 2010: Work that Reconnects - Mindfulness in a Care Community. Presentation and discussion facilitated Lynette Monteiro (PhD, CPsych), co-founder of the Ottawa Mindfulness Centre.

May 27th 2010 : Walking the Camino de Santiago - Musings while meandering.  Slide show and presentation by Keith Busby, PhD. of his recent pilgrimage.

March 25th 2010Hope and the Religious Imagination.  Presented by Kelley Raab-Mayo, PhD.   

January 21st  2010: Finding meaning and enhancing treatment: spiritual considerations in cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis.  Presented by Nicola Wright, Ph.D, CPsych.


2009 Journal Clubs

November 19th. 2009:  Discussion of The film "The Power of Forgiveness" by Martin Doblmeier  facilitated by Margaret DeCorte, PhD and Tom Fournier, PhD. 

September 17th 2009Can the existence of God be demonstrated by logic?
Presenter : Tim Lau, MD, FRCPC.
Recommended background reading : The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. 

June 2009:  Dr Carlos Miura spoke on the topic of "Forgiveness: healing the spirit group".  You can find a copy of Dr Miura's overview of his talk here .

March 2009:  Nancy Brookes, RN. PhD. led a discussion about a book chapter entitled "Spirituality and mental health" by Dr Phil Barker and Poppy Buchanan-Barker from the book "Critical issues in mental health" by Robert Tumney and Tim Turner (2008).

January 2009:  Dominique Larocque (Creative Wheel Consulting), MA, led a discussion of the video "Towards Ecopsychiatry", featuring Theodore Roszak and Jeffrey Mishlove.


2008 Journal Clubs:

The first ASMH journal club was held on March 13, 2008 when Henry Clarke, MA, led an interesting and lively discussion on spiritual struggles based on an article by Kenneth Pargament et al.

November 2008:  Discussion of a video featuring neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor, who describes her experience of having a stroke and her subsequent shift in consciousness (spiritual awakening).

September 2008:  Kelley Raab, PhD. discussed a paper looking at psychological, neurological and spiritual interpretations in a case study of dissociation.  (Lester, RJ.  Anxious bliss: a case study of dissociation in a Mexican nun.  Transcultural Psychiatry.  2008:  45(1): 56-78).

May 2008 : Beata Wiatrowska, MD, FRCPC and Colin Cameron, MDCM, FRCPC led a discussion on Sudarshan Dria Yoga in the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression, based on the following papers

Brown RP, Gerbarg PL. Sudarshan Kriya yogic breathing in the treatment of stress, anxiety, and depression: part I-neurophysiologic model. J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Feb;11(1):189-201.        Brown RP, Gerbarg PL. Sudarshan Kriya Yogic breathing in the treatment of stress, anxiety, and depression. Part II--clinical applications and guidelines. J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Aug (4): 711-717.   

They also provided instruction in some basic yogic breathing techniques, and reviewed data from a pilot yoga program recently run at the St. Lawrence Valley Correctional & Treatment Centre.

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