Conferentie Spiritual Care and Health Professions


5th bi-annual international student conference on

Spiritual Care and Health Professions:

Context and Practice

A unique opportunity to meet international colleagues and friends and learn and discuss about your professional role regarding spirituality and spiritual care.

November 3 and 4, 2011 Moses & Aaron Church, Amsterdam

The conference is hosted by the Departments of Health Care of

Reformed University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle

Christian University of Applied Sciences, Ede

InHolland University, Amsterdam

The objectives of the conference are to explore:

  • The opportunities of spiritual care in clinical practice
  • The social  context of spiritual care
  • The role of spirituality in illness and care
  • The role of the professional in spiritual care
  • Personal aspects of spiritual care

The conference include the following speakers:

Prof. Kees Waaijman, Professor in spirituality, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

Spirituality in healthcare; conceptualization

Dr. Ton Bernts (NL), Director KASKI Expertise Institute for Religion and Society, Netherlands

Spirituality in today’s secular society

Prof. Wilfred Schnepp, Nursing professor, University Witten/Herdecke, Germany

The relevance of spirituality in healthcare: a perspective of nursing science

Prof. Peter Draper, Head of Department of Health Professionals, University of Hull, England

Spiritual care in health care: state of the art

Dr. Linda Ross, Senior lecturer University of Glamorgan, Wales

Healthcare student’s perceptions of spirituality and spiritual care

Dr. Martin Walton, Lecturer Spiritual Care, Protestant Theological University, Netherlands

The essence of spiritual care in health care

Dr. Carlo Leget, Associate Professor, Faculty Humanities, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Development of a guideline form spiritual care in the palliative care in the Netherlands

Dr. Bart Cusveller, Professor in Nursing ethics, Ede Christian University, Netherlands

Ethics of spiritual care

Dr. René van Leeuwen, Professor in Healthcare and Spirituality, Reformed University, Netherlands

The nurses role in spiritual care: development of competencies


Workshops will take place focusing on the clinical and practical aspects of spiritual care. You are invited to send in an abstract (see call for abstracts).


International health care students (nursing, midwifery, medical e.g.) are especially invited for this conference. We also welcome health care practitioners and scholars.

Do you need more information: send an email to

Call for abstracts

5th international student conference on

Spiritual Care and Health Professions:

Context and Practice

November 3 and 4, 2011 – Moses & Aaron Church, Amsterdam


The workshop/presentation should focus on clinical and practical aspects of spiritual care in the health professions. A workshop/presentation will take 1 hour.


Invited are: health care professionals/practitioners, educator, researcher. Students are especially invited to send in an abstract.