Introduction to the Theology and Therapy Project

Post by Dr Alette Willis, Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Theology and Therapy Project.

The Theology and Therapy project is an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland.  The overall aim of the project is to understand the ways Christianity, and a new language of “spirituality”, intertwined with the development of counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, since 1945.

The two and a half-year project is led by Prof David Fergusson at the School of Divinity, along with colleagues Dr Steven Sutcliffe (in religious studies) and Prof Liz Bondi (in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the School of Health).  I have been the research fellow since September 2011, replacing Dr Gavin Miller.  It is funded through the Religion & Society Programme of the AHRC and ESRC.

We’re nearing the end of the funded portion of the project.  However, we are just beginning to understand these intertwined histories.  We’ve decided to start this blog as an ongoing way of sharing our emerging thoughts on the subject.  We may occasionally also have guest posts from people outside of the project reflecting on events we’ve hosted or sharing information that is related to our subject area.  We hope that you enjoy this blog and we look forward to hearing from you through comments.

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