Course Author: Sue Wintz, M.Div. BCC


This self-guided course, What Every Health Care Professional Needs to Know About Spiritual Care, is for those of all health care disciplines, settings, and roles who desire to know more about being a spiritual care generalist within their scope of practice. The course will provide an overview of spirituality and religion, the benefits of spiritual care, spiritual distress, spiritual screening, and spiritual conversations as well as the core skills that can improve the interventions that generalists provide. In addition, the benefits of specialist level spiritual care and team collaboration will also be explored.


Self-guided courses include the latest research available for the intersection of spirituality into the course topic. Students have full access to a purchased course for six months to work at their own pace. There is one test at the end of the course, and participants will have three attempts to pass or fail. Upon successful completion, students earn a certificate of completion and continuing education hours.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Define spirituality, summarize the unique ways in which it may be expressed by persons, and identify its benefits
  • Describe the concepts of spiritual care, including differentiating between spiritual, pastoral and chaplaincy care
  • Recognize and illustrate the value of spiritual care in specific care settings
  • Differentiate between specialist and generalist spiritual care and the role of each
  • Screen and evaluate patients and families to determine who would benefit from specialist spiritual care
  • Distinguish unique elements of the spiritual care delivery process
  • Conduct a spiritual care conversation


Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Health Care Disciplines and Spirituality
  • Definitions of Spirituality
  • Differentiating Spirituality and Religion
  • Spirituality’s Unique Expressions
  • Benefits of Spirituality and Spiritual Well-Being
  • Spiritual Distress
  • Spiritual Care
  • Specialist Spiritual Care
  • Generalist Spiritual Care
  • Spiritual Screening
  • Spiritual Care Conversations
  • When to Refer to the Chaplain as the Spiritual Care Specialist
  • Additional Training
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • References

    What Health Care Professionals Needs to Know

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