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Spiritual dimensions of health and social care

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Kod przedmiotu: 2403-OG-EN-SDOH Kod Erasmus / ISCED: (brak danych) / (0920) Welfare
Nazwa przedmiotu: Spiritual dimensions of health and social care
Jednostka: Wydział Filozofii i Nauk Społecznych
Grupy: Przedmioty ogólnouniwersyteckie
Zajęcia ogólnouniwersyteckie w j. obcym na WFiNS
Punkty ECTS i inne: 3.00
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
Wymagania wstępne:

At least intermediate knowledge of English (reading, understanding), but do not be afraid - it is a great chance to improve your language skills in practice

Open for all faculties, but health sciences, social sciences and theology students would find it most rewarding, while connected to their topics.

Rodzaj przedmiotu:

przedmiot fakultatywny

Całkowity nakład pracy studenta:

Total of student's time: 90-120 hours

Classes requiring direct participation – lecture: 30

Self-study: preparation of adequate vocabulary and key-concepts regarding non-medical aspects of health and social care and religion/spirituality in care issues in English - 20-30 h

Self-study: Critical writing, selection and translation of selected good practices regarding religious/spiritual care in institutional and home care in healthcare and social care practice - - 20-30 h

Self-study: Preparation and completion of final essay based on translated good practice regarding implementation of spiritual care into health or social work practice. Proposal of adaptation of selected good practices into local community or different caring teams -- 20-30 h

90-120 hours (3 or 4 ECTS)

Efekty uczenia się - wiedza:

Upon successful completion of this course students will (knowledge):

- Be introduced to the relationship between religion and health care/social work as well as the current holistic spiritual approaches to health and social work practice;

- Identify and critically reflect on diverse spiritual/religious perspectives and their implications for health and social work practice;

Efekty uczenia się - umiejętności:

Upon successful completion of this course students will (skills):

- Be able to formulate qualities of spiritually sensitive helping relationship in health and social care;

- Have resources to develop strategies for effective cooperation with the religious and non-religious spiritual support systems;

Efekty uczenia się - kompetencje społeczne:

Upon successful completion of this course students will (social competences):

- Increase awareness of oneself and others who have a spiritual dimension that is in need of attention and nurturing as well as our environments in the context of spirituality and culture in care process;

- Be able to apply a framework of spiritually responsive social work practice that is inclusive and respectful of diversity;

Metody dydaktyczne:

Lecture, multimedia demonstrations and movies, discussion, work with scientific text, translation of good practices, presentation and group activities

Metody dydaktyczne podające:

- wykład informacyjny (konwencjonalny)
- wykład problemowy

Metody dydaktyczne poszukujące:

- biograficzna
- seminaryjna

Metody dydaktyczne w kształceniu online:

- metody służące prezentacji treści
- metody wymiany i dyskusji

Skrócony opis:

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the religious and spiritual aspects of social and health care, as well as an indication of the universality of spiritual needs in crisis and especially at the end-of-life. Lectures, case studies and discussions after good practices of spiritual care will help to understand how can we improve spiritual care performed by teams of professionals and volunteers. Ways of cooperation with religious institutions and spiritual leaders will be discussed in practical ways. Main research tools for assessing spiritual needs will be presented. Examples of problems with spiritual/religious/cultural context will show some challenges in EU.

Pełny opis:

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the religious and spiritual aspects of social and health care. Religions vs. Spirituality - different definitions, but sometimes both terms are used interchangeably. Some see religion as the manifestation of one's spirituality, yet a person can be spiritual without being religious. A person can also be externally “religious” in performing certain actions, and yet not focus on the core principles of spirituality. One's religiosity usually helps in developing spiritual life, but non religious people have also their spirituality.

Lectures will be based on definition of Spirituality - that, which allows a person to experience transcendent meaning in life. This is often expressed as a relationship with God, but it can also be about nature, art, music, family, or community - whatever beliefs and values give a person a sense of meaning and purpose in life.” (Puchalski, 2000).

A Consensus Definition of Spirituality will be discussed: “Spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred.” Consensus Conference on "Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care", Pasadena, CA, US, 2009,

Spirituality will be shown in practice of health ans social care as an integral part of all our patients, their families and our lives. Suffering, illness and loss triggers deep issues related to meaning, purpose and often to the finality of life. These issues, if ignored, can cause deep suffering in people’s lives. Often it is in the context of health and social care systems that patients, families and clinicians become aware of these spiritual issues.

Suffering, if supported, may be transformed in a person’s life where healing as a restoration of meaning, purpose, coherence and inner peace might be possible. Spirituality is therefore foundation to the provision of whole person care and one of the most important elements of teamwork efforts in health and social care. Ways of cooperation with religious institutions and spiritual leaders will be discussed in practical ways.

Main research tools for assessing spiritual needs will be presented, among them FICA Assessment Tool by C. M. Puchalski, which is adapted into Polish will be discussed more in details. Other tools will be also presented.

Practical examples of problems with spiritual/religious/cultural context will show some challenges for health and social care in Poland and EU.


Balter, L., Dusza, S., Mickiewicz, F., (Eds.). (1995). Duchowość chrześcijańska (Christian Spirituality). Poznań: Pallottinum

M. Jarosz (red.), Psychologiczny pomiar religijności, TN KUL, Lublin 2011. (abstract and index in Eglish).

Krakowiak, P. (2011). Spiritual and Religious Care about the Heavily and Chronically Ill Person (Duchowo-religijna troska o ciężko i przewlekle chorą osobę), in: P. Krakowiak, D. Krzyżanowski, A. (Eds.), Chronic Diseases at Home (Przewlekle chory w domu). Gdańsk: Biblioteka Fundacji Hospicyjnej.

Krakowiak P., Dolentium Hominum. Duchowni i świeccy wobec ludzkiego cierpienia (red. z A. Muszalą, J. Binnebeselem, M. Krobickim), Kraków 2011, ​ISBN 978-83-7430-287-6​.

T. Borneman, B. Ferrell, C. M. Puchalski, Evaluation of the FICA Tool for Spiritual Assessment, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Vol. 40 No. 2 August 2010, s. 163-173.

Canda, Edward R. (2009). Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice: the heart of helping. NY: Oxford University Press.

M. Cobb, C. M. Puchalski, B. Rumbold, Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare, Oxford 2012.

E. W. Moser, Spirituality in Social Work — the Journey From Fringe to Mainstream, Social Work Today, 2008, Vol. 8 No. 2 P. 32-35.

C. M. Puchalski et al., Consensus Conference on "Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care", Pasadena, CA, US, 2009.

C.M. Puchalski, Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care: an essential Element of Person-Centered Care, Pol Arch Med. Wewn.2013, 123 (9): 491-497.

Puchalski CM, Ferrell B, Virani R, Otis-Green S, Baird P, Bull J, Chochinov H, Handzo G, Nelson-Becker H, Prince-Paul M, Pugliese K, and Sulmasy D (2009). Improving the quality of spiritual care as a dimension of palliative care: The report of the consensus conference. J Palliat Med, 12(10), s. 885-904.

C. Puchalski, A. Romer, Taking a spiritual history allows clinicians to understand patients more fully, Journal of Palliative Medicine 2000, 3, s. 129-137.

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

Active participation - discussion, group work, formulation of conclusions

Critical selection of one of the best practices of spiritual care in health and social care institutions and especially in the end of life care Translation and critical analysis of selected text in English, regarding good practices of inclusion of spiritual care into health and social care practices

Public presentation of innovative elements of selected text and written essay with translation of good practice and recommendations of its use in student's country of origin or selected type of caring institution

Praktyki zawodowe:

not required, but possible participation of spiritual care experts online

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2020/21" (w trakcie)

Okres: 2021-02-22 - 2021-09-20
Wybrany podział planu:

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Typ zajęć: Wykład, 30 godzin więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Piotr Krakowiak
Prowadzący grup: Piotr Krakowiak
Lista studentów: (nie masz dostępu)
Zaliczenie: Przedmiot - Zaliczenie lub ocena
Wykład - Zaliczenie lub ocena
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