ConnecTo is a flexible spiritual screening tool for use in a range of settings including residential aged care, community care and palliative care. Launched by Meaningful Ageing Australia on 26 April 2017, it will be used across Australia to engage in early conversations identifying the unique spiritual needs of older people. Visit the ConnecTo page for more information.




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In this short but significant edition, Professor Stevens introduces the life tasks model of healthy ageing, which identifies three things essential for maturity. Please use the link below to download this issue. As before, we have also included the latest edition of the CAPS review at the end of this newsletter.

EnCAPSulated – April 2017


Hidden Learning: The Way We Are Wired For Intimacy

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Professor Bruce Stevens

At last! The secret is out about romantic relationships. Hidden learning is what we know but lack words to express. Early learning, as an infant or child, reveals ‘how we are wired’ for intimacy. This book gives practical tips for discovering the script of your unique hidden learning, the way it impacts everything important to you and how it might be changed through memory reconsolidation – an important discovery from the neurosciences. Insights from schema therapy and coherence therapy are conveyed with helpful clinical examples and clear therapeutic principles. This book delivers what you need to know to have a satisfying relationship and is available free from the link below:

Hidden Learning eBook

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This is the second edition of our the CAPS Review (the first issue is attached to the September issue of EnCAPSulated); please also note the St Mark’s Open Day on 19 November 2016.



Help for Aged Ministry with Spiritual Reminiscence and Dementia Care

Presented by Archdeacon Anne Ranse
3rd December 2016
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
St John the Baptist Anglican Church
Reid ACT

This seminar will look at:

  • The inadequacy of some current dementia care
  • The pioneering work of Malcolm Goldsmith and Elizabeth MacKinlay
  • God and the Church in dementia care
  • The future for dementia care facilities

Please download this form to register.

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Happy 15th birthday to CAPS!

In this issue, we recap the recent CAPS Conference, elaborate on our “relocation” to the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology and celebrate 15 years of research in the field of spirituality and ageing.

EnCAPSulated – November 2016


EnCAPSulatedEnCAPSulated September 2016

Big news as we announce changes to our organizational structure and introduce “CAPS Review”(first issue incorporated into EnCAPSulated). There are also additional details about the conference – please visit our  conference website for more information.

EnCAPSulated – September 2016


2016 CAPS Conference
Friday, 30th September (one-day conference)
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
15 Blackall Street
Barton ACT 2600

We will have a one-day conference in Canberra at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600). Dr Shane Clifton, Associate Professor in Systematic Theology at Alphacrucis College, Sydney will present the keynote address on a theology of disability and suffering. He is quadriplegic after an accident a few years ago and has published important papers in leading theological journals on disability. He will talk about disability in ageing and the meaning of suffering. We are thinking about how to make the conference more engaging with opportunity for dialogue and skill based workshops. Not to be missed. Save the date!

Pricing and other details to follow.


Having spent much of last year trying to secure research funding, Professor Stevens’ efforts have started to bear fruit with a handful of projects now up and running. We will also have news on this year’s CAPS Conference shortly. Watch this space!

EnCAPSulated – March 2016


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This update brings a wrap0up of the 2015 Elizabeth MacKinlay Annual Lecture and news about Professor Bruce Stevens’ upcoming Inaugural Professorial Lecture as well as next year’s CAPS-PASCOP National Conference.

EnCAPSulated – September 2015



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The next edition of St Mark’s Review, No. 232, July (2), is now available. The theme of this edition is “Perspectives on disability”, in which a number of leading international and Australian thinkers consider the issue of disability from theological, ethical, social and economic perspectives. Please visit the St Mark’s website for more information.


Guest editorial in International PsychogeriatricsElizabeth MacKinlay Editorial

The Rev. Professor Elizabeth MacKinlay AM wrote a guest editorial for International Psychogeriatrics (2015), 27:5, 701–703. The piece is titled Spirituality and religion in older adults: building knowledge in an emerging discipline. Please click on the link below to access the editorial. This article has been reproduced with permission.

International Psychogeriatrics (2015), 27:5



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Professor Stevens was recently featured in the July-August issue of Australian Ageing Agenda magazine, in which he discusses the growing interest in spirituality and pastoral care. This article has been reproduced with permission.

Australian Ageing Agenda July-August 2015



Self-compassion the basis of compassion

Professor Stevens has written a response to Dr Karen Hitchcock’s Dear Life: On Caring for the elderly in issue 57 (March 2015) of Quarterly Essay. This has been published on the St Mark’s website and can be viewed here:


The latest issue of our newsletter EnCAPSulated has been released. In this issue Professor Stevens provides an update his hectic presentation and publishing schedule. Please also visit the Elizabeth MacKinlay Annual Lecture page for more information on this year’s event.

EnCAPSulated – May 2015


Facilitating Spiritual Reminiscence for People with Dementia: A Learning Guide

Facilitating Spiritual Reminiscence for People with DementiaSpiritual reminiscence is a way of communicating that acknowledges the person as a spiritual being and seeks to engage the person in a more meaningful and personal way. This practical guide by Elizabeth MacKinlay and Corinne Trevitt teaches carers how to facilitate engaging and stimulating spiritual reminiscence sessions with older people, and particularly with people with dementia.

After reading the guide, carers will understand the many and varied benefits of spiritual reminiscence, and will have developed the skills, confidence and communication techniques needed to support people with dementia in this activity. The authors present in accessible terms the evidence-base to support the benefits of the approach and provide clear, step-by-step instructions for facilitating spiritual reminiscence sessions, including useful suggestions for ideas and questions to stimulate discussion.

Intended to be used either as a self- learning tool or as the basis for staff training sessions, this will be a valuable resource for staff in care homes and day centres, activity coordinators, pastoral and spiritual care professionals, clergy and spiritual leaders.

ISBN: 9781849055734 • Paperback • 112 pages • $52.95/£22.99

Australian residents: This book is available for purchase online from Footprint Books.

UK residents: Please order direct from Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

New Director and new CAPS membership arrangements

Professor Bruce Stevens

Professor Bruce Stevens

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Bruce Stevens as Wicking Chair of Ageing and Practical Theology and Director of CAPS. Professor Stevens was the convenor of the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Canberra and maintains a private practice at at Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology.

CAPS has several events in the pipeline including seminars and skills workshops, with discounted pricing for CAPS members. As part of a range of organizational changes, we are also in the process of transitioning to a new membership system and are now accepting applications. Existing members will have the unused portion of their memberships used to offset the cost of the new membership.

Professor Stevens has penned an introduction for the latest issue of  EnCAPSulated (February 2015) along with an outline of our upcoming events. Thank you for your continued support of CAPS – we are back on track!


The staff of CAPS offer our heartiest congratulations to our new graduates who were conferred their awards on December 15.

Course convenor Jane Foulcher with Master of Arts graduates Christopher Adams and Ted Cate

Course convenor Jane Foulcher with Master of Arts graduates Christopher Adams and Ted Cate

Master of Arts (Ageing and Pastoral Studies)
Christopher Adams
Ted Cate

Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies
Dana Gruben with Distinction
Margaret Blampied
Glenda Daly
Elizabeth Grogan

Dana Gruben

Dana Gruben is congratulated by CSU Pro-Chancellor Angelos Frangopolous

Graduate Certificate in Ageing and Pastoral Studies
Sandra Batey
Nancy Bell
Colin Maynard






This issue focuses on the recent CAPS National Conference and also contains updates on CAPS’ research activities.

EnCAPSulated – November 2014



International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality


The California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging will be hosting the inaugural US session of the International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality in Los Angeles from October 4 to 7, 2015. The theme of this conference is “Paradox and Promise in the Spiritual Pilgrimage of Aging.”; the conference had previously been held in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Scotland.

Please visit or refer to the conference flyer for more information.

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