Enterprise Lecture Series: Spiritual Abuse and Healthy Christian Cultures with Dr Lisa Oakley

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Thursday 14 February 2019


Light refreshments 6pm

Lecture start time 6.30pm

Approximate end time 7.30pm.


The Stripe, King Alfred Quarter, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR


Spiritual abuse is a controversial topic but it is important that consideration and thought are given as to how to respond well to experiences of coercive control in religious contexts. A focus on healthy cultures promotes the prevention of such experiences in the future.

This lecture will explore the key characteristics of spiritual abuse, the impact of this experience and features of responding well. It will end with reflection on the hallmarks of a healthy culture and how work in the area should progress.

Dr Oakley is a s a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chester. She is also the Chair of the National Working Group for Child Abuse linked to Faith or Belief (CALFB) and the Church of England Task and Finish Group on Spiritual Abuse. Lisa has conducted research into issues of faith, safeguarding and abuse for the past 15 years.


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