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My work spans two areas: psychosis and spirituality, and clinical psychology. Both draw on the research based Interacting Cognitive Subsystems model of cognition, and both seek to bring spirituality into centre stage, founding it in cognitive and other research and theory, and regarding it as a central part of what it means to be human.

 

 

 

Forthcoming Events.

Islam and Emotional Well-being workshop
 
Solent MIND and Southampton University
 
14th March 2014
I will be giving a talk:
Mindfulness, Wellbeing and Coping with Unusual Experiences
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Royal College of Psychiatrists' Special Interest Group in Spirituality Conference 14th April.
Speaking on:
"Transcendence and the transliminal"                        Isabel Clarke
 
The human faculty to step beyond the boundedness of the individual self into a place of connection has long been recognized by religious traditions and spiritual practitioners. The concept of the ‘transliminal’ (Thalbourne) has been introduced into the discourse by Claridge in research into schizotypy – or openness to unusual experiencing. This talk will attempt to bridge the psychological/scientific and spiritual divide by combining the evidence of experience with a theory of cognitive architecture, in order to unpack the way in which the person operates both as a discrete individual and embedded in relationship, including relationship with the ultimate: that which is beyond human knowing. Thus, with respect for both science and mystery, the aim is to reach a richer understanding of a crucial but elusive aspect of human experiencing.
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Care and Compassion in Healthcare:
Does spirituality have a role?
Sarum College, Salisbury
27th – 28th April 2014
I will be giving a Workshop: 'Borderlines: Madness and Mysticism'
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Recent Presentations

BACP Practitioner Conferences: London 28th January. Leeds 8th March.
Guest Opening lecture title : Spirituality at the heart of being human
To present the argument that spirituality is grounded in an experience of relationship and is fundamental to being human.  Our complex evolutionary development has given us two distinct ways of knowing: one precise and grounded in individual self consciousness;  the other, holistic and grounded in relationship.
To draw out the implications of this model, which stems from fundamental cognitive research:
That being human is a precarious state
That we are dependent on key roles and relationships to hold us together
This is evident at times of loss and transition – which can lead to breakdown
Transitions and losses can also open the individual to the other way of experiencing
This can facilitate relationship with that which is greater and deeper than ourselves
It can also lead to loss of bearings and into dangerous places. 
 
Workshop: Trauma and the Elusive Self
To convey the way in which trauma impacts on the relationship between and individual and themselves, and therefore on development.
To normalize this in the context of a model of self as process, as continuously in the making
To extend this into consideration of how past trauma intrudes into present life and the ways in which people seek to cope with the resulting unbearable experiences and emotion
To invite participants to link this model with their own clinical experience in small groups
To present an emotion focused way of making sense of this for clients
To present the use of mindfulness as a tool to break dysfunctional patterns set up by ways of coping with the trauma.
 

Finding Solid Ground: investigating mental health, spirituality and extreme human experiences


Rufus May • Catherine Lucas Caroline Brett • Charlie Heriot-Maitland • Isabel Clarke
An interactive conference with talks,workshops and opportunities for you to participate
28th June 2013, University of Sunderland
9.00–4.30 . Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's



Recent research New ways of helping people through crisis New understanding of extreme human experiences – all offering hopeful and transformative ways forward for those struggling with experiences that can be described variously as: spiritual crisis / psychosis etc.

[Community Foundation] This event has been made possible by a grant from the Lily Matthews Fund.

View or right-click to download a flier for this conference

I   contributied a workshop to this conference:


Division of Clinical Psychology — Psychosis & Complex Mental Health Faculty Early Intervention Network
Trauma and Psychosis: Reflections on the Latest Developments

Tuesday 16 July 2013
The Bentley Hotel, Newark Road, South Hykeham, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 9NH

The correlation between childhood trauma and increased risk of psychosis in adult life has been well documented (e.g. Read et al, 2005; Varese et al, 2012).
We aim to reflect on recovery-oriented practice in supporting service users who have experienced these adverse events, through a combination of a keynote address by Professor John Read and experiential workshops led by Isabel Clarke, Peter Bullimore and Angela Kennedy.

This course is intended for clinical psychologists and trainee clinical psychologists. For more information and to register for the event, please visit: the BPS web page


 

Trauma and Psychosis: Reflections on the Latest Developments

Division of Clinical Psychology — Psychosis & Complex Mental Health Faculty Early Intervention Network

Tuesday 16 July 2013 The Bentley Hotel, Newark Road, South Hykeham, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 9NH

The correlation between childhood trauma and increased risk of psychosis in adult life has been well documented (e.g. Read et al, 2005; Varese et al, 2012). The conference reflected on recovery-oriented practice in supporting service users who have experienced these adverse events, through a combination of a keynote address by Professor John Read and experiential workshops led by Isabel Clarke, Peter Bullimore and Angela Kennedy.

The Challenge of being Porous

I contributed to a workshop on: 'The Challenge of being Porous' to the Confer Summer School on Therapist Wellbeing on Monday 2nd July.

(View or download the Programme)

Psychosis and Spirituality: journey with no map.

Presentation given at the Conference: Psychosis and Spirituality: Inner Journies in a Time of Transition. Liverpool John Moores University. 10th November 2011.
Linked audio and powerpoint (on line), powerpoint.

Symposia convened at the Division of Clinical Psychology BPS Conference, Birmingham 1st and 2nd December 2011

For presentations and details see conference page.

 

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