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Conference 2012

Past News

International Perspective

Delegates from the following countries attended the conference: Malta, Netherlands, Japan, USA, Germany, France, Portugal, Norway, Ireland, Austria, Sweden.

One evening a delegate from each country was invited to share a little of what is being done in the area of spirituality in their own country. Unfortunately the evening over-ran meaning that some had to leave early to catch buses/taxis. It was, therefore, decided to give people the opportunity to send a short written piece that could be posted on the BASS website. So far the following responses have been received.


I am a co-author for a student book. The book will be published this summer. This student literature is for post registration nursing students, specifically for psychiatric care. The book is also for other professionals who work in mental health care. The chapter’s title is: Growing Spirituality in Mental Care.

I have established a contact with two local Universities (Borås and Halmstad University) and have been presenting a planned study among Nurse Students (2011). The study is about students’ views of spirituality in health.

Myself and other colleagues are trying to start a network for researchers and patients who are interested in spirituality.

I plan to do a qualitative interview study with people who have had previous contact with mental health care and who are interested in sharing about how their spirituality impacted upon their mental health.

I have plan to write a report about my research in a national journal for health professionals in mental health care.

Tibertius Koslander, RN, MNSc, Doctoral Student Åbo Akademi, University in Vaasa, Division of Social Sciences, Department of Caring Science, Majoreb ergsv 15. 451 75, Uddevalla, Sweden E-mail: T el: +46 70 32 62 404


I was asked to provide a two minute summary of the research on spirituality in the United States. Initially, I thought how can I summarize what is going on when I don’t know. That sparked my statement of how alone I have felt in pursuing my research in the police culture exploring Spirituality.

It wasn’t until I had the opportunity to meet and begin working with Dr. Jonathan Smith in 2008 that I found a sense of connection and community in my research. Dr. Smith was researching the same topic at the same time in the UK. What Divine Intervention!

He and I are now continuing this research on both continents. There is much work to do and we have just begun the first steps in our exploration of Spirituality in Policing.

I have a deep gratitude for my participation at the BASS conference as well as the opportunity to meet with brilliant minds. Perhaps the best part was finding others around the world as dedicated to the topic. It certainly provided a sense of coming home.

Our research involves exploring how spirituality is incorporated in police work. What we have found (so far) is those officers who are connected with what they consider “sacred” are better at dealing with the toxicity encountered in police work. They are grounded and compassionate and thrive beyond the human destructiveness and suffering they are exposed to in their work.

We are using a semi-structured interview and then extracting the common themes that have emerged in the narratives. There is more to do and more to come.

In love and light,
Ginger Charles, Ph.D. , Police Sergeant , Arvada Police Department , Arvada, Colorado, USA


You asked that I send you a list of the Portuguese research in spirituality. These are from nurses, but I believe there is more work going on than listed here. There is a research group in spirituality and health in Catholic University of Lisbon since 2008 (I think), that I joined when I started my PhD. I’m planning a paper about research in spirituality in Portugal, and when I finish I can send it to you. The researcher I know about are:

2000 – Sílvia Caldeira – Nurses’ perceptions about spirituality and spiritual care
2008 – Sílvia Caldeira – Spirituality in caring: an ethical imperative *will be published in June/July in Portugal)
2009 – Sílvia Caldeira – Nurses’ perceptions about workplace spirituality
Zaida Charepe – Hope and parents of children with chronicles disease
João Mendes – Spiritual Needs of multiple sclerosis patients
Célia Jordão – Spiritual Needs of elderly in institutions
Ana Rego – Validation of spiritual assessment scale from Elizabeth O’Brien
Teresa Kraus – The search for meaning and nursing care
Ana Querido – Palliative care
Lilia Vara – Spiritual care to children at the end of live Joaquim Oliveira – Nurse’s perceptions about spirituality and caring for patients with chronicles diseases

Sílvia Caldeira, Nursing Lecturer, University of Madeira, Portugal

Photograph courtesy of Nicole Villanueva, conference delegate from Colorado, USA