Mick Collins

Mick Collins
University of East Anglia | UEA · School of Health Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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64
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Introduction
My current research, writing and holistic practice are focused on how our species can cultivate an adaptive response to the burgeoning climate emergency. I am continuing to explore how depth and transpersonal approaches to consciousness can inform greater levels of awareness and action to restore a sustainable relationship between people and planet. My research is directed towards practical applications, where people are encouraged to engage in a journey of self-actualisation and individuation.
Additional affiliations
July 1994 - October 2004
Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership NHS Tust
Position
  • Head III Locality Lead for Occupational Therapy
Description
  • During my time in the Trust I worked as a basic grade occupational therapist (OT) in adult acute admissions. I eventually managed the OT department as a senior I occupational therapist, before working as a head III professional lead for south Norfolk occupational therapists. I also worked part time in a psychological therapies team.
Education
February 2005 - June 2012
University of East Anglia
Field of study
  • Spiritual Crisis and Renewal
January 2005 - January 2008
University of East Anglia
Field of study
  • Higher Education
September 1991 - July 1994
University of East Anglia
Field of study
  • Occupational Therapy

Publications

Publications (64)
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Asklepian medicine - as an archetype of healing - was underpinned by therapeutic uses of self, which, if understood, could be beneficial to modern healthcare. It is being proposed in this article that therapeutic uses of self from instrumental, authentic and transpersonal perspectives could support the process of endogenous healing. Such therapeuti...
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The current global crisis is confronting humanity with an unprecedented challenge to find sustainable ways of living. There is a need for cooperative action to find alternatives to the reductionist and materialist mind-sets that have contributed to the current global crisis. This state of affairs calls for a political transformation, which is found...
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This article builds on a previous publication where I developed the concept of occupational intelligence in accord with the humanistic theory of self‐actualisation. In this article I explore how developments within humanistic psychology eventually led to the emergence of transpersonal psychology, which created a renewed impetus for exploring the pa...
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The global crisis is heralding change within collective consciousness and humanity will be challenged to transform behaviors to co-create a sustainable future. Ervin Laszlo's Akashic Field could inspire such an archetypal shift, as exemplified in C.G. Jung's individuation process. Jung's encounters with the archetypes from the collective unconsciou...
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Spirituality has been recognised as an important part of client-centred occupational therapy practice for many years. During the past two decades, occupational therapists from around the world have contributed to a growing body of literature, which has enabled the profession to explore ways of integrating spirituality into clinical practice. These...
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This short evaluation report discusses the development of a creative project that encourages student-centred learning. Year 3 occupational therapy students are given the opportunity to explore occupational science theories, applied to an area of human activity through creative media, such as film making, poetry, textiles, animation and photography....
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The ecological crisis is confronting humanity with a need to recognize the interconnectedness of all life, and the Akashic Field as formulated by Ervin Laszlo (2004a) has identified how a universal information field connects humans to a greater transpersonal consciousness. The Akashic Field could provide humanity with a focus to deepen its understa...
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Transpersonal experiences may have an impact on existing ego/identity boundaries, which can initiate a process of psychospiritual development. The prefix 'trans', as in transpersonal, can mean 'transcending', such as going beyond existing parameters of identity; or it can mean 'transforming', such as a shift in awareness from one state to another....
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Philosopher Herbert Marcuse observed in 1964 that modern people's materialistic and consumer-based lifestyles have resulted in societies becoming more one dimensional, which has contributed to a growing attitude of ‘uncritical conformity’. Marcuse advocated that in order to transcend a one-dimensional existence people will have to engage and actual...
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According to a transpersonal perspective a spiritual/transcendent reality exists beyond the ego, which includes experiences that transcend a person's temporal and spatial boundaries. From this ‘trans’ perspective human beings are viewed in a wider context of life. However, it is recognized that people can experience a transformational crisis throug...
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The subject of spirituality has been developing over recent years in occupational therapy journals internationally and this article contributes to the ongoing exploration of spiritual issues in therapeutic practice. People can experience a transformational crisis through engaging in spiritual growth and development, a phenomenon that has been terme...
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This article develops a theme discussed in a previous publication, where I argued that cultivating awareness of humans’ multidimensional capacities enables a fluid engagement of creative adaptations within occupations and identity. In this article I go on to explore Abraham Maslow's theory of self‐actualisation and his suggestion that intelligence...
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This paper discusses a rationale for the inclusion of the soul in modern healthcare practice. It is proposed that, in order to develop a holistic perspective, health professionals need to consider a balance between scientific and technological interventions and the healing experiences associated with the soul. Physicians in the UK and the USA are c...
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Occupational therapists are trained to include reflection with in their professional practice. The inclusion of spirituality into occupational therapy has the potential to bring the personal dimension of a therapist's spiritual faith or belief into clinical practice. This opinion piece highlights the connection between spirituality and the shadow a...
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Mental health professionals are trained to treat clients who are experiencing psychological disturbance and they regard such symptomatology as signs of illness. This article proposes that psychological disturbances could be understood for their potential contribution towards growth and wholeness, as well as having value in bringing about self-actua...
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Spirituality is undergoing a revival in relation to clinical practice across many health disciplines and is an emerging area of clinical practice. Currently, there is no consensus that reflects a coherent understanding of what spirituality means across different health professions. It is being proposed in this article that health professionals use...
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Recent legislation from the Health and Safety Executive will have a significant impact on the expectations of how an organization manages stress. This paper considers the need for more awareness of risk assessment and risk management that takes into account the systemic antecedents of stress. It is suggested that assessment of organizational stress...
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There is a long history of dream work in the psychotherapeutic and healing traditions. This opinion piece examines how dreams can open people to a deep sense of meaning. It takes into consideration the potential for dream work in relation to therapy; the processes of change, creativity and empowerment that can emerge from therapeutic work using dre...
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Mick Collins Bsc (Hons) SROT works as a Senior Occupational Therapist in a psychiatric acute admissions unit, and also works as a therapist within a psychological therapies service. He is currently a student of psychotherapy with the Research Society for Process Oriented Psychology Senior Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapy Department Grebe...
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Spirituality is an under-researched aspect of human functioning in occupational therapy. Because spirituality is often difficult to quantify, this article attempts to explore the conditions that enable quality of experience, which may subsequently lead to spiritual wellbeing. The article considers a process-orientated approach to spirituality in oc...

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The title of my new book is: The Restorative Spirit: Soul Progression in the Transformocene Age. The book focuses on the need for transformative practices that bring about deep change in the collective psyche. I argue that a sustainable and improved future will only happen when we fully engage with the depth of our human potential, which brings about a renewed connection to a wider ecology of life.