MSBH6104 (Core)

Spirituality in clinical practice

Illness is a subject experience that suggests malfunctioning of not just the physical body, but the mind and the spirit. This subjective understanding of illness calls for the re-examination of our existence, both materially and non-materially. As such, clinical intervention should extend its target beyond the physical realm and into the area of spirituality. Spirituality comes from the Latin word spiritus, which means soul, courage, vigor, and breath. Nowadays, the word has taken on the meaning of a quest for an ultimate/sacred meaning, an examination of one’s experience on a sacred dimension. Understanding and acknowledging the spiritual meaning of one’s illness experience has proven to be a vital component in restoring holistic well-being. Aside from theoretical knowledge, personal reflection and experience in spiritual practices are also emphasized in this course. Assessment: 100% coursework