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by Dr Sarah Eagger and
Dr Sumudu Ferdinando
Last reviewed: January 2018
As individual practitioners we support a
wide variety of different views on spirituality. This is reflected
in the manner in which we as mental health professionals
acknowledge (or ignore) this aspect in our patients’
This module will help you to develop your
awareness of patients’ spiritual health needs. We aim to provide an
outline of the current thinking and literature on this topic and
motivate you to incorporate this aspect of care into your
The module will also enable you to
consider your own spiritual development and will provide some
helpful tools to assist you in taking a spiritual history.
Exploring this highly personalised area, which
means different things to different people, can have potential
pitfalls. This module acknowledges possible dilemmas that a
clinician may face and identifies effective ways of addressing
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