Introduction - Spiritual Care for Allied Heath Practice
Rumbold, B. (2018) Introduction. In: Carey, L.B. & Mathisen, B.A. Spiritual Care for Allied Health Practice: A Person-Centered Approach (Chapter 1: pp: 1-21). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers [ISBN 9781785922206]. DOI10.4225/22/5ae16cdc3c99f
Summary: The goal of spiritual care in healthcare settings is for the patient, or client, to bring together the disconnected aspects of new experiences and the fragmented understandings that are produced by the disruptive impact of injury or illness. Ultimately, it is up to the person to reassemble those pieces and restore some coherence to the story of their lives. Spiritual care comprises strategies to elicit resources, point to options, remind people of their previous capabilities to transcend, and set up reflective spaces in which people can gather themselves. A range of professional caregivers can support spiritual care in healthcare settings, with each person’s contribution located by their role in the client’s treatment and rehabilitation. Allied health practitioners have an important place in spiritual care, because they work on tasks that generate possibilities from the client’s illness experience.