WHEN THE DRUGS DON’T WORK – Spiritual Distress: what is it, what’s our experience of it and how do we prevent, accompany or alleviate it?
Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd May 2024 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
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Lindsay De Wal (formerly Van Dijk)
Lindsay de Wal was the first ever U.K- based appointed head of chaplaincy as a humanist in February 2018 and made national and international headlines. She is currently full-time the head of chaplaincy at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and additionally works part-time as the manager of the Non-religious Pastoral Support Network (NRPSN), and is also a trainer at Humanists UK.
Lindsay has a Master’s degree from the Netherlands at the University of Humanistic Studies (Utrecht) to provide humanist and existential counselling, coaching and pastoral care. Lindsay is accredited as a humanist pastoral carer through the UK Board of healthcare Chaplaincy (UKBHC), the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network (NRPSN) and as a humanist funeral celebrant at Humanists UK. She’s currently undertaking doctoral research at Middlesex University concerning ‘the experience of humanists entering faith-based healthcare chaplaincy teams’.
Dr Barry Quinn RN
Barry has been working as a clinical nurse, academic, researcher and author in the field of cancer and palliative care for over 40 years in Ireland and the UK. He has held a number of senior roles within the NHS in London and Surrey and is currently a senior lecturer/associate professor in cancer and palliative care at Queen’s University Belfast and Mohamed Bin Rashid University, Dubai. He is the academic lead for inclusion, diversity and justice at Queen’s. Barry is particularly interested in addressing – end of life care support and symptom management, the need to recognise the presence of spirituality in all aspects of care, and the need for compassionate leadership. His doctoral studies and research, using the work of Viktor Frankl and Martin Heidegger explores peoples’ experiences of searching for meaning while living with advanced disease and the reality of death.
James Woodward is Principal of Sarum College. James is a practical theologian who specialises in health and healing, old age, theological reflection and end of life care.
James was born in Durham in 1961. He was educated at Spennymoor Grammar School, and then at King’s College London, where he read Theology. After a year working at St Christopher’s Hospice in London, he spent 2 years training for Ministry in the Anglican Church at Westcott House, Cambridge. Ordained in 1985, he has worked as a Curate, a Bishop’s Chaplain, a Hospital Chaplain and from 1996 in Parochial Ministry in the Diocese of Birmingham.
From 1998 to 2009 he was the Master of the Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson, Temple Balsall, Vicar of St Mary’s Church and the Director of the Leveson Centre for the Study of Ageing, Spirituality and Social Policy. In this post he pioneered work in both Church and society to encourage better thinking and practice in the support and care of older people. From 2009 to 2015 he was a Canon of Windsor.
He was appointed Principal of Sarum College in September 2015 and Professor of Theology at Winchester University in 2017.
Over these decades he has established a reputation as a strategic and relational leader enabling teams in a range of sectors including faith community, public sector, chaplaincy and higher education. He is passionate as a reflective practitioner, to building community, nurturing others and transforming practice.
He is a practical and public theologian with a record of both academic leadership and thought leadership. He has taught in a number of universities including the Open University and in Warwick Business and Medical Schools and the University of Birmingham. He is much in demand as a speaker and lecturer. He has written and edited fifteen books. His current research and writing interests include ageing, narratology and theological reflection.
Away from the desk he enjoys walking, cooking, Wales, art and red wine.
Bryony is a Spiritual Care Chaplain at Rowans Hospice near Portsmouth. She is a OneSpirit Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor, and has been working in the field of death, dying and grief for the last 8 years, supporting people through her hospice and community work. Bryony is also a Core Tutor for Entheos Ireland, an inclusive educational platform that trains community celebrants in ceremony and rites of passages, and has previously worked as mentor for the Sacred Circle End-of-Life Doula programme.
Bryony is particularly interested in the role that art, creativity and movement have in our search for meaning, belonging and self-expression, and over the past few years has developed a series of creative therapy workshops to support people on this journey.
In her free time, Bryony can be found adventuring with her family, from hiking to biking, or any activity that involves the sea!