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has contributed to society and individual in variety of areas like psycho-social, cultural, economic, solidarity/cooperation and humanitarian aids etc. It has been a source of inspiration and motivation to mobilize individuals, communities and institutions in order to cooperate, make solidarity, and social and moral support.
This international congress, entitled Spiritual Counselling and Care (SCC), emphasizes the human aspects of religious beliefs and moral values; to appreciate the contributions they make to individual and social life, and to raise a popular and academic awareness of the perception of religion that is touched by human life. In this context, it aims particularly to examine the place, role, function and contribution of religion and spirituality in family therapy, in reforming and rehabilitation of inmates in prisons, for being a source of hope and morale to patients in health care services in hospitals, in the formation of moral and motivation in the military, in creating spiritual atmosphere for elderly and disadvantaged groups in social services.
The first spiritual counselling and care scholarly gathering within the scope of this congress as planned series of conferences was held in April 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The main theme of the ‘1 st International Congress on Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care’ was ‘The Place and Function of Spiritual Counselling and Care in Human Life’ aiming to give a broad coverage of all issues, practices and problems in the field. This upcoming and subsequent congressional themes will be continued in more specific areas. In the context of institutionalized service unit thematisation, the main theme of the ‘2 nd International Congress on Spiritual/Religious Counselling and Care’ that is scheduled to be held on November 22-24, 2018 will be on ‘Spiritual/Religious Counselling and Care in Prison and Healthcare Services.
By organising such a congress, it is expected to shed light on the future studies of spiritual and religious counselling and care by taking into account the rapidly developing field of expertise in Turkey from an interdisciplinary perspective at international platform.