Mental Health and Christian Theology
College: Emmanuel College
Course Code: 
EMP2523HF
Semester: 
First Semester
Section: 
9101
Online: 
Yes
Credits: 
One Credit
Location: 
Online – Synchronous
Description: 

In 1936 Christian chaplain Anton Boisen wrote that people with mental illnesses are often forgotten by the church. As we consider his words from the vantage point of the early part of the twenty-first century, how much of what he said still rings true? This question is important as more people are being diagnosed with mental illnesses than ever before in Canada. How can spiritual leaders in faith communities create space for people experiencing mental distress? What can community members do to support those in their faith community who have mental health concerns and who are often marginalized by both society and the church? In this course students will consider the history of mental health/madness in relation to Christian theology. Students will explore ways that injustice and oppression exist in the history of mental distress and consider how to address these issues within their contexts. We will question contemporary controversies in mental health research and policy such as the creation of the DSM and the pharmaceutical industry and explore how these relate to theology/spirituality. We will explore Christian responses to mental distress as well as first person narratives of people with lived experience of mental illness. Working together, we will develop outside of the box thinking regarding inventing and implementing ideas for ministry with/spiritual care for people with mental health concerns within a Canadian context.

Pre-Requisites Currently Offered Next Scheduled Previously Offered Scheduling Information
Summer 2022
Summer 2021
Start Time: 
17:00
End Time: 
21:00
Hours per Week: 
Intensive
Schedule: 
Tue
Begin Date: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 to Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Crosslisted to (1): 
Theological
Minimum: 
10
Maximum: 
20
Enrolment Notes: 
Last day to register: April 15; last day to pay: April 29; last day to drop: May 11
Schedule Notes: 
Full attendance is mandatory.
Teaching Method: 
Lectures
Workshop
Readings
Means of Evaluation: 
Class Participation
Reflection Paper
Summative Paper
Short Paper