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Spiritual Evolution: Unexpected Outcomes of a Complementary Care Class

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Johnnie Aven
Emily Schulz

Start Time

24-10-2008 12:00 PM

End Time

24-10-2008 2:00 PM

Abstract

A new direction in traditional medical practice is the inclusion of complementary care in intervention (1). Entry-level occupational therapy programs must discover ways to offer education in this emerging field. In response to this call, an introductory class about complementary care in occupational therapy was developed in the fall of 2007. This paper will describe outcomes of this scientifically-based experiential complementary care class taught to eleven pre- and post- professional occupational therapy students. Schulz‚s Model of Spirituality (2) was also used as an underlying theoretical basis for the class. Readings, youtube videos and hands-on learning were used as teaching tools. Students completed a pretest/posttest about their perspectives on the use of complementary care and spirituality in occupational therapy intervention and submitted weekly reflective journals, and discussion board postings as assignments. Open coding was used to qualitatively analyze these submissions for themes. Unexpectedly, the instructors discovered that the students‚ work pointed to their own personal spiritual evolution‚s impact on occupation. Some insights into student‚s daily occupations relative to their evolving spirituality and its connection to their therapeutic role were gleaned. Preliminary findings suggest that therapeutic use of self (3-4) is dependent upon the individual therapist‚s spiritual evolution.

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Spiritual Evolution: Unexpected Outcomes of a Complementary Care Class

A new direction in traditional medical practice is the inclusion of complementary care in intervention (1). Entry-level occupational therapy programs must discover ways to offer education in this emerging field. In response to this call, an introductory class about complementary care in occupational therapy was developed in the fall of 2007. This paper will describe outcomes of this scientifically-based experiential complementary care class taught to eleven pre- and post- professional occupational therapy students. Schulz‚s Model of Spirituality (2) was also used as an underlying theoretical basis for the class. Readings, youtube videos and hands-on learning were used as teaching tools. Students completed a pretest/posttest about their perspectives on the use of complementary care and spirituality in occupational therapy intervention and submitted weekly reflective journals, and discussion board postings as assignments. Open coding was used to qualitatively analyze these submissions for themes. Unexpectedly, the instructors discovered that the students‚ work pointed to their own personal spiritual evolution‚s impact on occupation. Some insights into student‚s daily occupations relative to their evolving spirituality and its connection to their therapeutic role were gleaned. Preliminary findings suggest that therapeutic use of self (3-4) is dependent upon the individual therapist‚s spiritual evolution.