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Spiritual, Religious and Existential Wellbeing in Health and Social Care
Spiritual care; spirituality, religion and existential meaning with older adults
Event Type:
06 June 2019
Brunel University London
Anna Liddle (Email Contact)
Contact Phone:
01895 268140
This free seminar will aim to advance the need for attention to the under-addressed domains of spirituality, religion, and ageing, to build practical competency, and provide critical reflection on the topic.

Quality health and social care includes expert attention to all aspects of a service user’s quality of life, including the biopsychosocial spiritual and emotional domains of assessment. The medical model of care has led to an almost exclusive focus on physiological aspects of care to the exclusion of whole person care. Maladies of the soul such as guilt, shame, depletion, cynicism, and fear remain generally absent as a focus for mental health intervention (Nelson-Becker, 2018). For the multidimensional aspects of the service user/patient experience to be addressed, the approach must broaden and deepen. Clinical care practitioners need the skills, competency, and confidence to recognize and attend to strengths, hopes, and suffering within each domain.

Objective 1: To enhance conversations about spiritual care in health, mental health, and social care with service users/patients and professionals and to provide training contributing to sense of competency.

Objective 2: To identify spiritual and religious needs, spiritual and religious strengths, and spiritual and religious suffering as active components of the human condition.

Objective 3: To provide seminar participants with knowledge and skills to confidently and ethically engage with questions about spirituality, religion, and existential life meaning with older adults and others throughout the life course and especially at the end of life.

Objective 4: To promote critical reflection, opportunities for idea exchange, and promote research networks and future collaborations.
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