This talk will present a brief overview of the impact of spirituality on mental health and its implications for psychiatric practice. It will also discuss the recently-released World Psychiatric Association (WPA)’s Position Statement on Spirituality and Religion in Psychiatry, which calls for psychiatrists to acknowledge the role of religion/spirituality within the full ecology of patient experience and to incorporate patients’ religion/spirituality into treatment plans as appropriate.
About the presenter:
Alexander Moreira-Almeida, M.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, as well as the Founder and Director of the Research Center in Spirituality and Health at Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) School of Medicine, Brazil. He is also the Chair of the Sections on Spirituality of the World Psychiatric Association and the Brazilian Psychiatric Association