Even though there is a large percentage of the US population that affiliates with some level of spirituality or God, our current healthcare system does not often put a priority on spirituality and intuition outside of a typical hospital chaplain. Because occupational therapy looks at the "whole person," it is an important aspect of people's lives that we sometimes don't address. Some areas of OT practice integrate this more easily, such as roles in hospice and palliative care, but given the fact that spirituality affects the health, healing and well-being of our patients, it is a necessary aspect of a person's identity as a person.
Spirituality is included in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, implying the necessity of addressing this in client-centered practice. Guest Emmy Vadnais OTR/L, BCTMB, ARCB discusses how we can integrate spirituality and intuition into our practice, no matter what your affiliation is (or is not).
Resources from the show:
Spirituality Reflections: What Spirituality is and How Can it Impact Health & Healing in OT Practice: Free Reference Sheet
Hemphill, B. (2015). Spiritual Assessments in Occupational Therapy. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 3(3). https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1159
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