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International Congress in Spirituality and Psychiatry
4th Global Meeting in Spirituality and Mental Health
Organized by the WPA Section on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry
WPA Co-sponsored Congress
Spirituality/Religion & Mental Health: Translating knowledge to practice - Building bridges
Spirituality/Religion is relevant to most of human beings, 84% of world's population
reports a religious affiliation. Systematic reviews of the academic literature have identified
literally thousands of empirical studies showing the relationship (usually positive but also
negative) between Spirituality/Religion and health. However, there has been world wide a huge gap between
knowledge available about the impact of Spirituality/Religion to health and the translation of this knowledge to the actual clinical practice and public health policies. Given this, the WPA recently published a
Position Statement on Spirituality and Religion in Psychiatry emphasizing the importance of
integrating Spirituality/Religion in clinical practice, research and education in Psychiatry. This Congress will
focus on practical implications, on how to sensibly and effectively integrate Spirituality/Religion in mental
health care and public policies.