Keynote Speakers

Spiritual Care in Human-Caused Disasters: An Intercultural Approach

Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Y. Lartey, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

How to Ensure High-Quality Spiritual Care for All in Health Systems

Prof. Dr. med. Christina Puchalski, Founder and Director of the GW Institute for Spirituality & Health, Washington, USA

 Public Lecture

Spiritual Care, Migration, and Multiplicity: Care in the Context of Complex Religious Bonds

Prof. Dr. Duane R. Bidwell Professor of Spiritual Care and Counseling, Co-Director of the Center for Sexuality, Gender and Religion, Claremont, California, USA

Conference Speakers

Spiritual Care – the alternative to Pastoral Care in a world of migration and trauma
Prof. Dr. med. et theol. Doris Nauer, Philosophisch -Theologische Hochschule Vallendar, Germany

A model of Spirit and Spirituality in the face of Trauma
Prof. Dr. psy. Daniel S. Schipani, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Indiana, USA

On the relationship between trauma and identity: Being Palestinian in Germany and Switzerland
Lic. phil. Sarah El Bulbeisi, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany

Healing Hatred: Instruments of Pastoral Care and Counseling Applied to the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Dr. iur. Sarah Bernstein, Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, Israel
Prof. Dr. Ruhama Weiss, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem, Israel

The negotiation of meaning – language, culture and faith-based barriers between asylum seekers and nurses
Dr. phil. Alexander Bischoff, University of Basel, Switzerland

Spiritual Care of Migration: Gender and Trauma
Prof. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, Union Theological Seminary, New York, USA

What comes after? Aspects of bereavement from a psychological perspective
Prof. Dr. phil. Hansjörg Znoj, University of Bern, Switzerland

Spiritual Care: A Discipline on the Upswing. Future Perspectives
Prof. Dr. Isabelle Noth, University of Bern, Switzerland


  • Imam Dr. Abdelmalek Hibaoui, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Dr. theol. Claudia Kohli Reichenbach, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. med. Bruno Vogt, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Sasikumar Tharmalingam, Hindu Priest, House of Religions, Bern, Switzerland

The IASC Conference on Spiritual Care and Migration focuses on the pressing topic of migration in today’s world.

Of high significance is the cooperative approach of the disciplines concerned – in particular of medicine, psychology, nursing, social work and theology. Each discipline contributes unique and valuable insights to the topic of culturally competent spiritual care in increasingly pluralistic contexts.

The conference is organized by the International Association for Spiritual Care (IASC) in collaboration with the University of Bern.


Conference Registration (deadline: June 1, 2016)

Conference Programme (PDF)

Conference Registration

Register online for the Inaugural Conference of the IASC on Spiritual Care and Migration, June 19 – 21, 2016 in the House of Religions, Bern / Switzerland.

1. International Conference on Spiritual Care and Counseling

Pastoral and Spiritual Care Across Religions

Bern, 30.05. – 02.06.2015

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Theology, University of Bern, Switzerland and the Protestant Academy of Landau, Germany. It took place in the House of Religions in Bern and was financed by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.

8th Annual Spirituality and Health Summer Institute

July 11-14, 2016 / Washington, DC

The 2016 Spirituality and Health Summer Institute will address spirituality as a solution to the current challenges in our healthcare system. Together we will look for opportunities in the changing healthcare environment, in which spirituality can be integrated as an essential component of care.