Passenger ferry between Anatolian and European side
Eminönü famous fishsellers and Süleymaniye Mosque on top
A scene of Bosphorous Bridge from Beylerbeyi
Sultanahmet Camii
İstanbul
Basilica Cistern
Hagia Sophia
Arnavutköy historic homes
Sunset in Istanbul

DEADLINES

  • 21 December 2015 Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 4 January 2016 Announcement for Accepted Papers
  • 20 March 2016 Full text copy submission
  • 7-10 April 2016 Congress Date
  • 21 December 2015 : Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 4 January 2016 : Announcement for Accepted Papers
  • 20 March 2016 : Full text copy submission
  • 7-10 April 2016 : Congress Date
ABSTRACTS BOOK

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PROGRAM

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CONGRESS FRAMEWORK

Religion has contributed to civil society in variety of areas like social, cultural, economic, solidarity/cooperation and humanitarian aids etc. It has been a source of inspiration and motivation to mobilize individuals, communities and institutions in order to cooperate, make solidarity, and social and moral support. However, religion, in the 20th and at the beginning 21st century, has often been related to and identified with extremism, violence and terror in the global world. In this correlation and identification, religion in general and Islam in particular is closely associated and portrayed with these negative stereotypes in question. This has paved the way to negative and unfavourable views and perceptions towards religion in both national and global public spheres. A number of extreme, fundamentalist, and militant religious and political movements have hijacked, captured and used religious beliefs, spiritual and moral values in order to legitimise their ideologies, programmes, perspectives and aims. In other words, they abused religious beliefs and spiritual – moral values. Unfortunately, to bring to light the positive and human side/aspect of religion have usually been neglected. The contributions and services of religious beliefs, and spiritual and moral values and their practices to civil society have largely been ignored at both individual and societal levels and were not given their deserved coverages and credits in politics and media. Certainly, positivist educational policies and strict and authoritarian secularist administrations have played a significant role in various countries.

This international congress on religious-spiritual counselling-care aims to put forward the positive aspects of religious, spiritual and moral values and evaluate their contributions  to as well as to raise awareness of the services they have offered and are still providing to civil society at individual, institutional and societal levels. It intends particularly to focus on, highlight and examine how religious and spiritual-moral values have played/still play a significant role and function in reforming inmates in prisons, being a source of hope and morale for patients in hospitals, providing morale and offering communal spirit and atmosphere for lonely and elderly people in social services, motivating national/civic and patriotic values, and beliefs for military personnel in army, and in relationships and communication in family therapy.

The congress will also address to analyse problems encountered with and policies applied for while offering and providing services in areas in question. Again such a gathering will bring scholars and professionals together who do research on and work in Religious-Spiritualcounselling and care in different traditions, religions and political cultures throughout the world as well as to share and exchange their experiences and forge cooperation in shared and common interest areas. Finally, the gathering and cooperation provide an opportunity for official and conventional religious and civil authorities how to improve and enhance their services and programmes in their respective and responsible institutions.

ISSUES

THEMATIC ISSUES

The conference themes will cover the place and function of Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care in Prison Services, Health Services, Military and Social Services (Nursing Home, Orphanage, Shelters and Family Therapy, etc.)

General Issues

  • Place of religion at state institutions and in public sphere
  • Secular State Policies and Religious-Spiritual services
  • Religious-Spiritual Counselling education and programmes
  • Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Social Policies & Practices
  • Ethics in Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Used/Applied methods and techniques in Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Mystic Therapy
  • Spiritual Counsellors and their experiences in the Field
  • Religious-Spiritual and Moral values in Counselling and Care
  • Multi-faith/Multicultural Cooperation in Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Difficulties in giving/providing Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care in Multicultural/Multi-faith Societies
  • Cultural differences in offering/receiving Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Cultural differences/discrimination in Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Qualifications/Efficiencies in Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care in Domestic and International migration
  • Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care in media (print/visual/social)
  • Spiritual Counselling and Care in Different Religious traditions (Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu and etc.)
  • Islamic Counselling and Care
  • Religious-Spiritual Rehabilitation and Healing
  • Problems and Challenges of Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Management and Coordination of Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Religious education programmes for Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Gender issue in Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Majority & minority confrontation and authority issues in Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Legal and Institutional requirements for Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Coping with Negative behaviours and attitudes
  • Multicultural and Religious Pluralistic Education and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Role and Place of Religious/Spiritual/Moral Issues in Therapy

Social Services

  • Social Services and Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care
  • Social Services and Management and Coordination of Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Nursing homes and Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care
  • Orphanage/Child Protection Centres and Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care
  • Shelters, Refugee and Asylum Centres and Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care
  • Family Therapy and Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care
  • Marriage and Family Life problems and Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care
  • Religious and Ethnic/Cultural Differences in Social Services
  • Equal Rights in offering and receiving Social Services and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Social Exclusion in Social Services & Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Ethnic/Cultural and Religious Discriminations in Social Services
  • Communication in Multicultural and Multi-faith families
  • Religion, Spirituality, Marriage and Family Life
  • Religious-Spiritual Counselling in Family Therapy
  • Cultural, Ethnic and Religious Differences & Conflicts in Family and Religious-Spiritual Counselling Services
  • Domestic Violence and Religious-Spiritual Counselling Services
  • Abnormal and incest relations and Spiritual/Religious Counselling Services
  • Orientation and Communication in Family Relations and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Inter-religious and I-Inter-cultural Marriage, Problems and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Faith-Based Approaches to Problems in Marriage and Family
  • Coping with Loneliness and Religious-Spiritual Counselling at Nursing Homes and Care Centres
  • Nursing Homes, Aging and Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care
  • Spiritual/Religious Quest of Aged people at Nursing Homes
  • Special Religious and Spiritual subjects for elderly people at Nursing Home/Care Centres
  • Providing Spiritual/Religious Counselling for Cultural/Ethnic and Religious Differences in Shelters & Asylum Centres
  • Governing Racial/Ethnic/Cultural/Religious differences at Shelters/Asylum Centres
  • Role of Religious-Spiritual Counselling in Socialisation at Orphanage
  • Role and function of Religious-Spiritual Counselling in reforming substance/drug addicted people
  • Role and function of Religious-Spiritual Counselling on alcohol addicted people

Health Services

  • Health Services and Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care
  • Hospitals and Management and Coordination of Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Coping with Illness, Despair and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Health, Healing and Prayer at Hospital Chaplaincies
  • Religious-Spiritual Rehabilitation and Health Services
  • Minority and multi-cultural & multi-faith patients in Hospitals and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Role and function of compassion and mercy in Hospital chaplaincy services
  • Health, Cure, Healing and the power and function of Prayer
  • Religious and Ethnic/Cultural Differences in Health Services
  • Equal Rights in Health Services, and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Social Exclusion in Health Services & Hospital Chaplaincies
  • Multicultural and Multi-faith Religious Services at Health Services/Hospital Chaplaincies
  • Cultural and Religious Discriminations in Health Services & Hospital Chaplaincies
  • Coping with Illness, Despair and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Minority and Multicultural Patients in Hospitals and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Patients, Hopes and Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Place and function of hospital chaplaincy in coping with grief
  • Grief counselling and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Religious-Spiritual Counselling in mourning process

Prison Services

  • Prison Services and Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care
  • Prisons and Management and Coordination of Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Legal status of prison chaplaincy
  • Education and Training of professional Religious-Spiritual staff for prison services
  • Managing with Religious and Ethnic/Cultural Differences in Prison services
  • Governance of Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care in Prison services
  • Equal Rights in Prison Services and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Cultural and Religious Discriminations in Prison Services & Chaplaincy
  • Social Exclusion in Prison Services & Chaplaincies and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Multicultural Inmates/Offenders in Prison and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Reintegration of Inmates/Offenders into Society and Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Place and function of Religious-Spiritual Counselling in Reforming Inmates
  • Crime, Violence and Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Recidivism and Insufficiencies of Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Issue of taking and giving Multicultural and Multi-faith Religious Services at Prisons services

Military Services

  • Religious-Spiritual Counselling in Military
  • Religious and Cultural differences in Military Services
  • Social Exclusion Military Services and Chaplaincies & Religious-Spiritual Counselling
  • Multicultural and multi-faith religious services at Military Services and Chaplaincies
  • Managing Cultural and Religious Differences in Military Services & Chaplaincy
  • Dealing with different religious affiliation at Military services /Chaplaincy
  • Boosting religious and moral values in Military Services
  • Place of Military chaplaincies for boosting patriotic feelings
  • Coping with War Trauma and Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care
  • Religious/Spiritual initiatives and solutions during national crisis and uncertainties
BOARD

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Abdulkerim Bahadır, Necmettin Erbakan University, Turkey
  • Ahmet Uysal, Marmara University, Turkey
  • Ali Rıza Abay, Yalova University, Turkey
  • Ali Seyyar, Sakarya University, Turkey
  • Alpaslan Durmuş, EDAM, Turkey
  • Andrew Todd, Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies,Wales, UK
  • Anna Clot Garell, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Asım Yapıcı, Çukurova University, Turkey
  • Aykut Toros, Yeditepe University, Turkey
  • Basia Spalek, Kingston Unversity, UK
  • Belkeis Altared, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE
  • Bryan S. Turner, City University of New York, USA
  • Céline Béraud, CEIFR, EHESS, Paris, France
  • Cemal Tosun, Ankara University, Turkey
  • Cengiz Tomar, Marmara University, Turkey
  • Christopher Swift, Leeds Metropolitan University & Leeds Teaching Hospitals, UK
  • Claire de Galembert, CNRS, Paris, France
  • Corrine Rostaing, Lyon-2 University, France
  • Daniele Joly, University of Warwick, UK
  • Erkan Yaman, Sakarya University
  • Erol Göka, Ankara Numune Education and Research Hospital, Turkey
  • Farhad Khosrokhavar, EHESS, CADIS, France
  • Farid Alatas, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Georg Wenz, the Protestant Academy Landau & Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
  • Engin Deniz, Düzce University, Turkey
  • Halife Keskin, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey
  • Halil Apaydın, Amasya University, Turkey
  • Hamid Reza Kusha, East Carolina University, USA
  • Harold G. Koening, Duke University, USA
  • Hasan Bacanlı, Üsküdar University, Turkey
  • Hasan Kaplan, Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey
  • Hasan Kayıklık, Çukurova University, Turkey
  • Hasan Meydan, Bülent Ecevit University, Turkey
  • Hayati Hökelekli, Uludağ University, Turkey
  • Hossein Godazgar, Al-Maktoum Higher Education College, Scotland, UK
  • Huriye Marti, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey
  • Imran Awan, Birmingham City University, UK
  • Irene Becci, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • İbrahim Aşlamacı, Inönü University, Turkey
  • İbrahim Kafi Dönmez, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University, Turkey
  • İlhan Topuz, Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey
  • İrfan Başkurt, Istanbul University, Turkey
  • Jawiah Dakir, Malaysia National University, Malaysia
  • Kadir Canatan, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey
  • Kemal Sayar, Marmara University, Turkey
  • Khalid Rhazzali, University of Padua, Italy
  • Lene Kuhle, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Lisa Miller, Techers College, Columbia University, USA
  • Mar Griera, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Masoumeh Velayeti, Al-Maktoum Higher Education College, Scotland, UK
  • Mansur Ali, University of Cardiff, Galler, UK
  • Medaim Yanık, SETA, Turkey
  • Mehmet Emin Köktaş, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey
  • Mehmet Görmez, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey
  • Mehmet Paçacı, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey
  • Mohamed Ajouaou, Free University, Amsterdam, Netherland
  • Muhammad Tavakol, University of Tehran, Iran
  • Muhiddin Okumuşlar, Necmettin Erbakan University, Turkey
  • Musa Taşdelen, Sakarya University, Turkey
  • Mustafa Köylü, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Turkey
  • Mustafa Merter, Psychiatrist, Turkey
  • Mustafa Sinanoğlu, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University, Turkey
  • Nawal H. Ammar, Kent State University, USA
  • Necdet Subaşı, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey
  • Nurullah Altaş, Atatürk University, Turkey
  • Nurullah Ardıç, İstanbul Sehir University, Turkey
  • O. M. Ali, Bellevue Hospital, New York University Medical Center,USA
  • Ömer Faruk Söylev, Dumlupınar University, Turkey
  • Ömer Say, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey
  • Öznur Özdoğan, Ankara University, Turkey
  • Peter Phillips, University of Cardiff, Galler, UK
  • Recep Kaymakcan, Center for Values Education, Turkey
  • Recep Yaparel, Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey
  • Sarah Jahn, Ruhr-UniversitätBochum, Germany
  • Sayed Javad Miri, Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Iran
  • Sefa Saygılı, Kırklareli University, Turkey
  • Stephen Pattison, Birmingham University, UK
  • Şuayip Özdemir, Fırat University, Turkey
  • Şükrü Keyifli, Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey
  • Uzeyir Ok, Kâtip Çelebi University, Turkey
  • Valeria Fabretti, University of Roma, Italy
  • Wahiba Abu-Ras, Adelphi University, USA
  • Welmoet Boender, Universiteit of Utrecht, Netherland
  • William West, Central Lancashire University, UK
  • Yaşar Yiğit, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey
  • Zeki Salih Zengin, Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Turkey

Local Organising Scientific Committee

  • Nuri TINAZ, Marmara University, Centre for Values Education (DEM), Turkey
  • Abdurrahman Han , Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey
  • Huriye Martı, Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkey
  • Mustafa Koç, Balıkesir University, Spiritual Counselling Application and Research Center, Turkey
  • Ali Ayten, Marmara University, Turkey
  • Halil Ekşi, Marmara University, Turkey
  • Turgay Şirin, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey
  • Hulusi Yiğit, Centre for Values Education (DEM), Turkey
  • Mahmut Zengin, Centre for Values Education (DEM), Turkey
  • Şeyma Aslan-Altın, Istanbul University, Turkey
  • M. Ali Doğan, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
  • Ömer Faruk Ocakoğlu, Kırklareli University, Turkey
  • Gülüşan Göcen, Istanbul University, Turkey
  • Aslıhan Nişancı, İstanbul 29 Mayıs University, Turkey

Congress Secretariat

  • Fatma Reyhan Balcı, Centre for Values Education, Turkey
  • Chirin Achkar, Centre for Values Education, Turkey
  • Esra Babacan, Centre for Values Education, Turkey
  • Furkan Erdoğdu, Centre for Values Education, Turkey
  • M. Fatih Adak, Centre for Values Education, Turkey
PAPER GUIDELINES

Paper Guidelines

The title section of the paper should include these information in order:

a. The title of the paper,
b. The name of the writer –with the profession-
c. The institution of the writer –with the faculty and department –
d. The contact information (mail, e-mail, phone, fax)

The abstract of full paper should at most 500 words.

The paper text should be at least 4.000 and 7.000 words at most.

References: Footnotes should be used only for the expressions added to the chapter, not for the references. Citations should be displayed in the chapter. (You may find the sample below.)

Bibliography: There must be a bibliography at the end of the text. (Please check the bibliography rules below.)

If you think that there is no need for any changes in your paper, please revise only the references and bibliography according to the citation rules below, and send your paper again.

Examples

1. Citations Should Be Displayed In The Text:

ExampleResearchers have pointed out that the lack of trained staff is a common barrier to providing adequate health education (Fisher, 1999: 25) and services (Weist & Christodulu, 2000: 51).
(Note that you do not need to provide a page number(s) except for direct quotations.)

2. Bibliography

(Please take attention to where capital and small letters, dot and comma, italic phrases are used.)
You can find more information about these rules (APA) at this link: (American_Psychological_Association_(APA)_Documentation_M.pdf)

Book:

Kaymakcan, R. & Leirvik, O. (2007). Teaching for tolerance in Muslim majority societies. Istanbul: Dem Publishing.

Journal article:

Dijkman, H.C., & Camp, D.P. (1987). Practical theodicee: A typology of six models of theodicy. Journal of Empirical Theology1(3), 67-86.
(Note: Give the volume number in italics followed by the issue number in parentheses. Reference to a journal article or chapter in an edited book must contain the inclusive page numbers of the article.)

Article or chapter in an edited book:

Kaymakcan, R. (2006). Turkish adolescents: High Islamic faith in secular state. In. H. G. Ziebertz & W. Kay (Eds.), Religion and youth in Europe (pp. 230-245). Berlin: Lit Verlag.

Electronic references:

Greenberg, M. T. (2000, March 30). Prevention of mental disorders in school-aged children. Prevention and Treatment, 4, Article 1. Retrieved August 24, 2001, from http://journals.apa.org/prevention/volume4/pre0040001a.htm

ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORTATION

Travel expenses, accommodation and meals will be provided by the conference organising committee for those who present papers and chair sessions.

The Local Organising committee will not be accountable for audiences’ accommodation and travel expenses.

CONTACT
Center for Values Education

3 Elmaruf Street
Süleymaniye - Fatih / Istanbul
TURKEY

Telephone: +90 (212) 512 19 88-89-90
Fax: +90 (212) 512 19 91
E-mail: mdrk@dem.org.tr

CONFERENCE VENUE

7-10 April 2016
İstanbul Grand Cevahir Hotel Convention Center
Address: Darülaceze Cad. No:9 Şişli / İstanbul 


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