What We Hear and Say: Spiritual Assessment and Documentation

Course Author: Brent Peery, BCC

Self Guided

In this course, What We Hear and Say: Spiritual Assessment and Documentation, we will discuss the importance of chaplains and spiritual care providers incorporating into their practice an intentional, informed, and skilled assessment process, along with thorough and clear documentation of their chaplaincy care.

By the end of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the differences and methodologies of spiritual screening, spiritual history, and spiritual assessment
  • Demonstrate knowledge with one accepted model of spiritual assessment and apply the model appropriately with patients and families within the required time frame of setting
  • Effectively articulate the spiritual, religious cultural, existential, emotional, and social needs, resources, and risk factors assessed as well as identify any needed referrals
  • Examine and demonstrate the characteristics of spiritual reassessments.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of documentation and the requirements of organizational and regulatory guidelines.
  • Summarize best practice for chaplaincy and spiritual care documentation

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Current State of Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care Assessment
  4. The Case for Conscious Chaplaincy Assessment
  5. Assessing Assessments
  6. Assessment Formats
  7. General Observations
  8. Assessment Models
  9. Choosing an Appropriate Spiritual Assessment Model
  10. Peery's Approach
  11. Concluding Thoughts on Assessment and an Example
  12. An Overview of Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care Documentation
  13. Documentation Models
  14. Summary
  15. References


Number of Continuing Education Hours for Spiritual Care for Social Workers: TBA

This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers.