Spirituality and Health: Multi-Disciplinary Explorations

Spirituality and Health: Multi-Disciplinary Explorations


Edited by Augustine Meier, Edited by Thomas O'Connor, Edited by Peter Van Katwyk

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  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 23mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Waterloo, Ontario
  • ISBN 10: 0889204772
  • ISBN 13: 9780889204775
  • Sales rank: 1,699,051

Product description

Examines the relationship between health/well-being and spirituality. Chaplains and pastoral counsellors offer evidence-based research on the importance of spirituality in holistic health care, and practitioners in the fields of occupational therapy, clinical psychology, nursing, and oncology share how spirituality enters into their healing practices. Unique for its diversity, this collection explores the relationship between biomedical, psychological, and spiritual points of view about health and healing.

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Author information

Augustine Meier teaches in health sciences at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, is an adjunct research professor in the Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, and a clinical psychologist in private practice. Thomas St James O'Connor is chaplain, supervisor, family therapist and academic and has published in the areas of pastoral care and family relations. He is Assistant Professor, Pastoral Care and Counseling, at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary at Wilfrid Laurier University; Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Medicine at McMaster University; an Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT); and a member of the Chaplaincy Department, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation. Peter L VanKatwyk has been involved in therapy practice, clinical education programs, and the pastoral counselling program at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Waterloo, Ontario.

Table of contents

Part 1: Faith Perspectives and Challenges; Towards a Joint Paradigm Reconciling Faith and Research; Congregational Life after Abuse; The Incorporation of Spirituality into Family Medicine; Towards a Critical Dialogue between Theology and Psychology; Towards an Ethical Framework in Assessing Plurality in Spirituality Definitions. Part 2: Spiritual Practices and Health Care; Communication in Spiritual Care among People with Dementia; Spirituality and Addiction; Spirituality in Occupation Therapy; Labyrinth in Spiritual Care. Part 3: Frontiers and Research; Old Religion, New Spirituality, and Healthcare; God-Talk in the Spiritual Care of Palliative Patients; Measuring and Assessing Suffering in Arthritic Patients; Psychosomatics and the Spiritual Entities of the Human Psyche; Life-threatening Illness: A Dangerous Opportunity; The Neurobiology of Consciousness and Spiritual Transformation in Healing; Faith to Faith: Islamic Spiritual Care in an Acute Care Hospital; Aboriginal Spiritual Care and Health.