Nutting, Geoffrey (d. 2017)

Dr Geoffrey Nutting

Geoffrey Nutting


Doctor of Ministry Studies (MCD, Melbourne) 2011
MA (musicology, Durham) 1961, DipTheol (Oxford) 1960
1983 graduate in the school of life, specialising in `bipolar-depression'.*
Certificates of two years clinical training (CPE)in psychiatric chaplaincy (1988 and 1990), one advanced unit (2001)
*A personal history (begun in 1970) as `Consumer of psychiatric services', abruptly concluded by healing of spirit in Christ.


Geoff is a mental health researcher and educator, and an Honorary Research Associate of MCD University of Divinity.
From 1989-92 he was staff Chaplain of one of the old `stand alone' psychiatric hospitals; and, from 2002-06, Volunteer Chaplain to a modern a cute psychiatric inpatient unit. In between, he participated, presented and published extensively in community-based psychiatric care under church auspices.
In an early academic career in musicology Geoff had lectured for five years in Nigeria, then for ten at Monash University.

Science/Faith interests

  • Sciences (including theological sciences) of what it is to be human. Mind (and heart) over matter: the placebo effect as evidencing the inadequacy of an exclusively biochemical perspective
  • The social construction of our sense of reality versus drives and vocation to embody such divine attributes as justice, truth, beauty, and loving-kindness
  • Mystical experiences and their potential outcomes, with particular reference to the fourteenth century female mystic Julian of Norwich
  • Secular notions of `normality' and of `therapy', versus understandings that we are creatures in the Divine Image, conditioned (individually and communally) by pervasive sinfulness
  • `Putting oneself in others' shoes': neuro-atypicality and Asperger syndrome
  • In psychological assessment: the influence of the observer on what is observed; and, in would-be `therapeutic relationships', the effects of temperamental compatibility – or the lack of it
  • Communal prayer, spiritual direction, and solitude – as breathing spaces for grace and transformation along our spiritual journey.

Topics I can present on

Combinations of two or more of the above, plus the topic of my doctoral thesis: the Enneagram model in spiritual psychology as a key to how, as individuals and as communities, we may grow in open-ness to God and to each other.
I am accredited as a teacher with the International Enneagram Association.