Course Author: Brent Peery, BCC


This course, What We Hear and Say: Spiritual Assessment and Documentation, discusses the importance of chaplains and spiritual care providers incorporating into their practice an intentional, informed, and skilled assessment process, along with thorough and clear documentation of their chaplaincy and spiritual care.


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

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the differences and methodologies of spiritual screening, spiritual history, and spiritual assessment
  • Demonstrate knowledge with one accepted model of spiritual assessment and apply the model appropriately with patients and families within the required time frame of setting
  • Effectively articulate the spiritual, religious cultural, existential, emotional, and social needs, resources, and risk factors assessed as well as identify any needed referrals
  • Understand and demonstrate the characteristics of spiritual reassessments.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of documentation and the requirements of organizational and regulatory guidelines.
  • Summarize best practice for chaplaincy and spiritual care documentation


Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Definitions
  • Current State of Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care Assessment
  • The Case for Conscious Chaplaincy Assessment
  • Assessing Assessments
  • Assessment Formats
  • General Observations
  • Assessment Models
  • Choosing an Appropriate Spiritual Assessment Model
  • Peery's Approach
  • Concluding Thoughts on Assessment and an Example
  • An Overview of Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care Documentation
  • Documentation Models
  • Summary
  • References

What We Hear & Say: Spiritual Assessment & Documentation

  • Number of Credits Towards a Degree at SCA University of Theology and Spirituality - 5


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