CFP: Mental Health Issues

Teaching Theology and Religion

Special Call for Papers

Teaching in the Context of Mental Health Issues

Many issues complicate the world of teaching and learning. One such issue is mental health and learning disorders among students. The most common of these are:

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Learning Disabilities (most particularly, those related to reading and writing)
  • Anxiety and Mood Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

In light of this, Teaching Theology and Religion, an international peer reviewed journal published by Wiley-Blackwell, seeks 5000 word essays that engage teaching and learning in the context of mental health complexities. Successful submissions will connect the issue to teaching, specifically in the religion or theology classroom (or online, of course).

There are many ways in which the subject matter of religion and theology might explicitly intersect with student mental health issues, including:

  • religion and theology as meaning-making systems
  • students’ personal investment in the topics under discussion
  • religion and violent images of God, the divine, or sacred
  • theology, piety, and concepts of sin
  • formation, emotional and intellectual development, and therapeutic models
  • resources from pastoral care/counseling

A simple structure for these essays could be: 1) Briefly describe the learning disorder/mental health issue you see in your classroom. 2) What challenges does this present? 3) Which resources have you drawn upon in response? 4) Which teaching strategies have you adopted given the above and how did they work?

5000 word minimum

Guidelines, Style Sheet, and Process for Submissions

Thomas Pearson
Editor, Teaching Theology and Religion
Associate Director, Wabash Center

Wabash Center