Professional Development Day: Addressing spiritual and religious issues - London, 15 March 2013

Addressing spiritual and religious issues in counselling and psychotherapy - Delivered by William West & Salma Khalid


Spirituality remains an important aspect of many people's lives whether reflected through their participation in organised religion or not. In the workshop we will explore best practice when working with spirituality and religion in counselling and psychotherapy. We will use a mixture of input from the workshop presenters, skills' practice and group discussions to enable participants to develop their understanding of and competence in working with spirituality and religion. In addition there will be time to reflect on issues arising from participants own clinical practice

Tutor Biography

William West PhD is a full-time Reader in Counselling Studies at the University of Manchester, BACP accredited practitioner and Fellow. He is well known for his work around counselling, psychotherapy and spirituality and has written two books: 'Psychotherapy and Spirituality' (Sage 2000); 'Spiritual Issues in Therapy' (Palgrave 2004) and more recently an edited book 'Exploring Therapy, Spirituality and Healing' (Palgrave 2011).

Salma Khalid MA Counselling is BACP's Lead Advisor for Spiritual and Pastoral Care. She has a background in working as a psychological therapist and senior project development worker in the NHS for 14 years. She is a qualified counsellor and supervisor who specialises in training and consultancy in cultural competence, equality and diversity.