It is November 2016. Following the vote for Brexit, racial tensions, discrimination and hate crimes in the UK are running high. During these volatile times we are heartened to see the efforts of Dyfed-Powys Police in Wales, working to unite the community and celebrate spiritual diversity. The event was supported by one of our MSc. students, Donna Thomas who told us the story:
“This month, my organisation Dyfed-Powys Police, hosted an Interfaith Event to celebrate diversity across our Force area. It was a wonderful opportunity for people from all faiths to learn from one another and celebrate the tremendous amount we have in common, as well as raising awareness to assist officers in their roles.
I was invited to represent Spirituality. Having commenced the MSc. in Professional Development (Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology) this provided an exciting chance for me to share what I had already learnt. The team at the Alef Trust were extremely supportive and the presentation that I developed invoked a lot of interest amongst the large multi-cultural audience.
Having recently completed a project on Near Death Experiences (working with the Scientific and Medical Network archives), I was able to share experiences during the event and hope to integrate learning further by developing a training package for hospital staff, highlighting the importance of validating experiences and providing spiritual support to the dying and their families.
I also want to expand on previous Police studies, exploring the role of a spiritual framework in buffering toxic experiences police officers encounter in the course of their duty.
I feel this demonstrates the real benefits of the MSc. in Professional Development (Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology) and how it can be positively applied in a practical way to help others.“