THE SECOND PROFESSOR PETER GILBERT MEMORIAL LECTURE
MONDAY 9TH MAY 2016 BY PROFESSOR JOHN SWINTON
Naming things properly:
Re-imagining “mental illness”, "dementia", and
other seriously misunderstood experiences.
The lecture will focus on the significance of naming things properly. It will explore some of the ways in which we have come to misname the experiences that are associated with certain forms of mental health problem, causing many of us to misinterpret and respond negatively to such experiences. The lecture will offer a spiritual perspective that can effectively help us to re-name such experiences in ways which offer hope and new possibilities.
John Swinton, is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at the University of Aberdeen. He is also an honorary Professor of Nursing at the university's Centre for Advanced Studies in Ministry.
For 16 years Professor Swinton worked as a registered nurse specializing in psychiatry and learning disabilities, before working as a community health chaplain. He entered academia in the late eighties. In 2004, he founded the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. He has published widely in his major fields of interest. His publications include: Dementia: Living in the memories of God, Disability in the Christian Tradition (With Brian Brock), Raging with Compassion: Pastoral responses to the Problem of Evil, Spirituality in Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a “Forgotten “Dimension and Resurrecting the Person: Friendship and the care of people with mental health problems.