Table of Contents
​   Chapter I: Why Record the Intangible in Health Care Culture?

​​  Chapter II:The Theory – A Humanist View of Spirituality:                                               Universal Sources of Patient Stories

   Chapter III: The Content -Twenty-Two Spiritual Needs                                       Common  among Hospitalized People,                                                and their Goals of Care

Chapter IV: The Format A Shape for an Elegant Chart Note 

​   Chapter V: The Process - Extracting the Relevant

   Chapter VI: The Outcomes –A Phenomenological Approach

    Epilogue:Becoming and Remaining a Spiritual Clinician

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 This site is intended for professional caregivers interested in a bit of chaplalincy training because you look at spirituality clinically, e.g., asassisting the resilience of the human spirit when facing the uncontrollable,and want to improve the usefulness of that perspective. A spiritual clinician uses personal encounter, direct observation, informed intuition and applying established frameworks of understanding the complex phenomenon of religion and spirituality in providing care. Find concepts, descriptions, and examples here for an introduction to spiritual clinician education. 
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Spiritual Needs" below left. 

21 Common Spiritual Needs-painful difficulties people tend to experience when meeting obviously uncontrollable situations such as hospitalization. While there probably are an infinite number of spiritual needs, these 21 situations of significant human vulnerability provide a language with which to discuss spiritual assessment from a highly practical point of view. Consider descriptions of these 21 as well as care functions to address them and outcomes to expect. Informally researched.

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36 Primary Spiritual ArenasThese major aspects of life present us with the best and the worst of what we can influence but cannot control. Identifying which of these arenas are currently stirring in people under your care is key to personally listening to them and "capturing their soul" in writing. They form a conceptual basis for a clinician's spiritual assessment. 

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The Spiritual Clinician

      Gordon Hilsman's new book on charting is available:

 Spiritual Care in Common Terms:
How Chaplains Can Effectively Describe the Spiritual Needs of Patients
in the Medical Record

It is available from Jessica Kingsley Publications on Press here to view or purchase. 

Content here is distilled from the practice of  direct spiritual care in addiction recovery, hospice, mental health, and hospital settings.