Anthony Schwartz

Anthony has worked for more than thirty years within the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, and in the academic field at Staffordshire University where he is a Visiting Professor. He is registered as both a Clinical Psychologist and a Health Psychologist and uses his applied psychology skills in both clinical and academic settings.

Within the general field of Occupational Health Psychology he offers consultancy, training and one-to-one input focusing on performance and wellbeing at work.  His input spans health, independent and commercial sectors. He works alongside colleagues on projects such as concentration and focus in safety critical areas (e.g. the rail industry) and developing standards of care for health professionals (e.g. spiritual care for nurses and midwives).

Currently he is involved in running retreat centres in the Netherlands and Italy for professionals coping with stress and challenges at work and home. This encompasses physical, psychological and nutritional interventions, to help people reconnect, rediscover and recover capacity for living more fully and to develop greater resilience. He is passionate about personal growth and development, focusing on self-care. As such he encourages people to make meaningful and informed choices, recognizing that insight without behavior change is unhelpful.

His publications include journal articles, chapters and books on self-care, managing stress and the application of mindfulness in executive coaching.

Aliza Damsma

Drs. Aliza Damsma Bakker is a registered nurse and has a master’s degree in Nursing and Education. She works as a senior teacher of the bachelor Nursing program and as a researcher on spirituality at Viaa University. Her passion is to promote and stimulate the spirituality and spiritual development of sick children, the topic of her current PhD study.