New Publication

To commemorate the first ten years of the Journal of Practical Theology, Nigel Rooms (Editor) and Zoe Bennet (former editor) selected a number of articles which they deemed to showcase good examples of practical theology writing over the period. IPSRP is delighted to report that Michael Paterson and Ewan Kelly’s article ‘Values-based Reflective Practice: A Method developed in Scotland for Spiritual Care Practitioners’, Practical Theology Journal, 6.1 (2013) 51-68 as part of that collection.  Routledge have now brought out a hardback edition of the collection entitled Practical Theology in Progress: Showcasing an Emerging Discipline, London, 2018. IPSRP is proud to be playing a part in the development of practical theology in the UK.

British & Irish Association for Practical Theology (BIAPT)

Michael Paterson will be delivering one of the keynote addresses at the British & Irish Association for Practical Theology (BIAPT) Annual Conference at the University of Warwick 10-12 July 2018.

Discipled by Praxis: Soul and Role in Context

Love it or hate it, reflective practice is here to stay. But with no agreed definition, clear telos, or recognisable formula, its use presents practitioners with a plethora of theoretical, ethical and practical questions. This presentation traces the development of the practice, identifies prevailing strands within the extensive literature and explores why close encounters of a reflective kind cause some people to flourish and others to flounder. Weaving theory and praxis together, it argues for a missional approach to reflection which engages soul, role and context in dialogue and underlines the invaluable pedagogical and formative character of praxis. The presentation will include samples of creative forms of theological reflection drawn from the presenter’s own experience.

IPSRP goes to Co. Mayo, Ireland

At the invitation of two of our Irish colleagues, Michael Paterson will lead a three day collaborative workshop in Co. Mayo, ireland from 26-29 October 2018 for counsellors, psychotherapists and other interested parties under the title

From Surviving to Thriving in Personal and Professional Life

Conversation One: From burnout to wellbeing and joy at work

Conversation Two: Vulnerability: A gift to be unwrapped (not shunned)

Conversation Three: Cared or Scared?

contact michael@ipsrp.org.uk for more information