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Conference: 1st International Congress on Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care

The Place and Function of Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care in Human Life

The First International Congress on Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care will be held in İstanbul by the Centre for Values Education, Ensar Foundation, Presidency of Religious Affairs, İstanbul 29 Mayıs University and Balıkesir University Spiritual Counselling Application and Research Center on April 7-10, 2016.

This congress aims to highlight and examine how religious and spiritual-moral values have played/still play a significant role and function in reforming and rehabilitating inmates in prisons, being a source of hope and morale for patients in hospitals, providing morale and offering spiritual and communal atmosphere for lonely and elderly people and disadvantaged groups in social services (nursing home, orphanage, shelters, asylum centre, family therapy, etc.), and boosting the patriotic values and beliefs for military personnel in the army. The congress will also address and analyse the problems encountered with and policies applied in areas in question.

This international gathering also first time aims to take into account a new area of specialisation in Turkey from an interdisciplinary perspective at international platform. And with an interdisciplinary approach, this congress expects to shed light on a new developing interest/subject areas and forthcoming studies in the field.

For further information regarding with the framework of congress and important dates (abstract submission and deadlines), visit the congress webpage,

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 21, 2015
Abstract Acceptance: January 4, 2016
The Full Paper Submission Deadline: March 20, 2016
The Date of the Congress: April 7 – 10, 2016

Contact Information:

Center for Values Education
3 Elmaruf Street
Süleymaniye – Fatih / Istanbul

Telephone: +90 212 512 19 88-89-90
Fax: +90 212 512 19 91