TORAL (2019-2022)


TORAL-Training on religion as a lever towards mental and physical health



Start date: : 16 December 2019
End date:
15 June 2022


  • Erciyes Universitesi, Turkey
  • Gazi Universitesi, Turkey
  • Orthodox Academy Of Crete, Greece
  • Sdruzenije Na Raboteshtite S Hora S Uvrezhdaniya, Bulgaria
  • Chrzescijanska Akademia Teologiczna W Warszawie, Poland
  • PhoenixKM BVBA, Belgium

Aims and objectives

  • Religion and medicine have a long, intertwined, tumultuous history, going back thousands of years. However, nowadays, many service providing people are not sufficiently trained to go much beyond taking a religious history, directing resources, and perhaps supporting patients’ religious beliefs and practices.
  • When spiritual needs are evident, often patients are referred to a person who is competently trained to meet those needs.
  • Our project aims to ensure that e.g. care staff is available that is adequately trained to meet these religious needs.
  • Exactly the recovery of the link between medicine and religion is the innovative aspect of the project. One of the main objectives of the current project is to overcome the lack of connection and to improve the support to the people in need by well-trained professions who are aware and embrace the positive impact of religion on the mental and physical health.
  • Via the training provided and training materials developed the consortium will try to help the trainers and trainees to find the wellbeing (train the trainer concept). Additionally we will help our target group of end-users to understand the different religions and to maintain a tolerance between the people with different religions.

Target groups

Direct target:

  • medical staff (doctors, nurses, hygienists, and students/practitioners in social medicine, etc.),
  • psychologists,
  • pedagogical staff,
  • students from medical schools (bachelor),
  • students in pedagogy,
  • students in ethnology,
  • theology departments,
  • practitioners who work with people with dependencies (drugs, alcohol),
  • practitioners who work with people who have been subjected to home aggression or were victim of illegal human trafficking.


  • patients in hospitals,
  • inmates/prisoners,
  • addicts,
  • people with disabilities,
  • people in need


  • Conceptualizing spirituality and religion and methodological considerations through collection of case studies
  • Curriculum exploring the relationship between spirituality/religion and health
  • Online and mobile support platform with reference materials
  • Interaction/quest questionnaire scales to measure religion as self-assessment tool for trainers/trainees

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