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Spirituality and Adaptation to Illness

This course examines the phenomenology and etiology of health and ill-health. It stresses the creation of opportunities for healthy human and spiritual growth: selfcare, primary nurturing environments, professional caring community, pastoral care and other cares. It also deals with the stressors which exacerbate certain kinds of illness, their systemic implications and their effects on individuals, families and communities. In particular, it covers the role of the pastoral caregiver in working with the chronic precipitating factors in facilitating growth towards wholeness: fear, guilt, inadequacy, broken relationships, etc., in facilitating hope, forgiveness, self-value, human growth and spirituality.

Faculty of Human Sciences >> Counselling and Spirituality

Minimize schedule Course schedule for the session: Fall 2017
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
Lecture
IPA 6151 000
Course offered in English
September 06 - December 06 Friday 13:30 - 16:30 GIG264 Arne Stinchcombe
Summary

This course examines the phenomenology and etiology of health and ill-health. It stresses the creation of opportunities for healthy human and spiritual growth: selfcare, primary nurturing environments, professional caring community, pastoral care and other cares. It also deals with the stressors which exacerbate certain kinds of illness, their systemic implications and their effects on individuals, families and communities. In particular, it covers the role of the pastoral caregiver in working with the chronic precipitating factors in facilitating growth towards wholeness: fear, guilt, inadequacy, broken relationships, etc., in facilitating hope, forgiveness, self-value, human growth and spirituality.

Objectives

Through the course students will:

  • understand the relationship between physical and mental health
  • identify ways to support individuals to adapt to the onset of illness
  • explain how spirituality can facilitate adaptation to chronic disease
  • describe and compare the stages of adaptation as well as coping strategies;
  • understand and evaluate current research in health psychology and spirituality; and
  • integrate theories and research evidence in health psychology and spirituality to communicate a convincing argument.  
Workload

This course will require weekly readings and regular participation in lectures, including activities and discussions.

Assessment

In addition to regular participation in class, students will be required to complete the following:

  • Mid-term presentation
  • Final presentation
  • Research paper
  • Weekly reflexive journal entries
Mandatory Reading

Weekly mandatory readings from the academic literature will be assigned. Examples of such readings include:

Jonas, W. B., Fritts, M., Christopher, G., Jonas, M., & Jonas, S. (2012). Spirituality, Science, and the Human Body.

Koenig, H. G., Berk, L. S., Daher, N. S., Pearce, M. J., Bellinger, D. L., Robins, C. J., … King, M. B. (2014). Religious involvement is associated with greater purpose, optimism, generosity and gratitude in persons with major depression and chronic medical illness. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 77(2), 135–143.

Park, C. L., & Slattery, J. M. (2012). Spirituality, Emotions, and Physical Health.

Porter, K. E., Brennan-Ing, M., Burr, J. A., Dugan, E., & Karpiak, S. E. (2017). Stigma and Psychological Well-being Among Older Adults With HIV: The Impact of Spirituality and Integrative Health Approaches. The Gerontologist, 57(2), 219–228.

Trivedi, S. C., Subramanyam, A. A., Kamath, R. M., & Pinto, C. (2016). Study of Spirituality in Elderly With Subjective Memory Complaints. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 29(1), 38–46.

Vitorino, L. M., Low, G., & Vianna, L. A. C. (2016). Linking Spiritual and Religious Coping With the Quality of Life of Community-Dwelling Older Adults and Nursing Home Residents. Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, 2, 2333721416658140.

Witten, T. M. (2014). End of life, chronic illness, and trans-identities. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 10(1), 34–58.

Young, W., Nadarajah, S., Skeath, P., & Berger, A. (2015). Spirituality in the context of life-threatening illness and life-transforming change. Palliative & Supportive Care, 13(3), 653–660.

Through a process of co-creation, students will have the opportunity to work with their professor to identify additional readings that align with their individual learning goals.

Important Information

Note that ongoing attendance and participation is necessary for successful completion of the class.

Section Schedule Day Location Professor
Lecture
IPA 6151 W00
Course offered in English
September 06 - December 06 Friday 13:30 - 16:30 Online Arne Stinchcombe