Spiritual Assessment in the Promotion of Health

Faculty of Nursing - Graduate Office


July 4 – 13, 2018


St. Stephen's College, University of Alberta North Campus

Course Description

Spiritual Assessment in the Promotion of Health
INT D 577 SEM B1


  • Graduate-level learner
  • Preparing for, or already a practitioner or educator in, a people-focused profession that includes spiritual care as part of the scope of practice
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to and capacity for reflective practice in one’s chosen profession

Spiritual assessment, as an element of whole person assessment, is of interest to a broad spectrum of health professionals as well as spiritually informed practitioners. At the same time, in-depth consideration of theories and skills needed for the practice of spiritual screening, spiritual history-taking and spiritual assessment is often lacking.

This course is designed to include four major learning activities:

  1. Explore conceptual and theoretical underpinnings to the practice of spiritual assessment in the promotion of health.
  2. Consider a variety of spiritual assessment frameworks and tools.
  3. Dialogue with representatives from various health professions who consider spiritual assessment to be of essence of whole person health promotion (e.g. nursing, psychology, chaplaincy, social work, pastoral counselling, and more).
  4. Integrate spiritual assessment within one's own health and/or spiritual care/ministry practice in ways that foster interdisciplinary collaboration for optimal care of patients/residents/clients, their families, and healthcare staff.


Dr. Joanne Olson
Dr. Suzette Brémault-Phillips

For More Information

Dr. Joanne Olson
Professor, Nursing Graduate Studies
E: joanne.olson@ualberta.ca

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