We know peoples’ beliefs about illness influence their health-seeking strategies and access to services. This educational series of seminars and workshops enhance social inclusion, by raising awareness of cultural beliefs and assumptions around symptoms. Topics include cultural knowledge about spirituality and spirit, body and mind, womanhood and conception, death and survival, mental health, and religious experience.
The training seminars explore cultural, religious, and spiritual explanations for the diagnosis of illness, and strategies for treatment. They acknowledge the current dilemma in the field of mental health, around the interpretation of symptoms, and support staff working with a client’s spiritual and religious beliefs.