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Spirituality and Health

Multidisciplinary Explorations

Edited by Augustine Meier, Peter L. VanKatwyk, and Thomas St. James O’Connor
Subjects Medical, Religion, Spirituality
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Paperback : 9780889204775, 336 pages, December 2005

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Spirituality and Health: Multidisciplinary Explorations, edited by Augustine Meier, Thomas St. James O’Connor, and Peter VanKatwyck
About the editors
Part 1: Faith Perspectives and Challenges
1. Towards a Joint Paradigm Reconciling Faith and Research | Thomas St. James O’Connor and Elizabeth Meakes
2. A Critical Dialogue between Theology and Psychology | Paul J. Rennick
3. Assessing Plurality in Spirituality Definitions | Pam McCarroll, Thomas St. James O’Connor, and Elizabeth Meakes
4. Spirituality and Family Medicine | Cheryl Levitt
5. Congregational Life after Abuse | Carol Penner
6. Islamic Spiritual Care in a Health Care Setting | Nazila Isgandarova
Part 2: Spiritual Practices in Health Care
7. Communication in Spiritual Care among People with Dementia | Ellen Bouchard Ryan, Lori Schindel Martin, and Amanda Beaman
8. Spirituality and Addiction | Lori Edey
9. Spirituality in Occupation Therapy | Sue Baptiste
10. Using a Labyrinth in Spiritual Care | Ingrid Bloos
11. A Wholistic Approach to Healing: An Individual, Family, and Community Model | Calvin Morrisseau
Part 3: Frontiers and Research
12. Old Religion, New Spirituality, and Healthcare | Carlton F. Brown
13. God-Talk in the Spiritual Care of Palliative Patients | Colleen Lashmar
14. Measuring and Assessing Suffering in Arthritic Patients | Beverley Clarke, A.R.M. Upton, Claudio Castellanos, and Mary Lou Schmuck
15. Psychosomatics and the Spiritual Entities of the Human Psyche | Marie-Line Morin
16. Life-Threatening Illness: A Dangerous Opportunity | Beverly Musgrave
17. The Neurobiology of Consciousness and Spiritual Transformation in Healing | Stephen M. Sugar
Contributors’ Bios
Sue Baptiste is the assistant dean of Occupational Therapy at the School of Rehabilitation Science in the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. One of her research interests is in the area of occupational therapy and spirituality.
Amanda Beaman is a graduate student in clinical psychology at the Centre for Research in Human Development, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. Past research included an examination of the many positive outcomes of fostering person-centred communication with cognitively impaired older adults, and the relationships between autobiographical memory, cognitive ability, and interpersonal problem solving in older adults.
Ingrid Bloos is a family therapist in private practice in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Her MTS thesis was on the labyrinth and pastoral counselling. She has co-authored (with Tom O'Connor) an article on the labyrinth and narrative therapy that was published in Pastoral Psychology in 2002. She has given many workshops on using the labyrinth for health and healing.
Carlton F. Brown is a specialist in pastoral counselling (CAPPE), an associate teaching supervisor in CAPPE, and a clinical member of AAMFT. Mr. Brown is in private practice and has done clinical work with mental health clients.
Beverley Clarke is a professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and is a neurology associate in the Division of Neurology. She has developed and implemented four free-standing multidisciplinary courses in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University on the subject of the wounded spirit and health. She has also published in the areas of epilepsy and physiotherapy, suffering in physiotherapy practice, and suffering and cost containment, as well as on the topics of cognitive motor control and postural instability in patients who have received brain stimulators to control epileptic seizures.
Claudia Castellanos is a research assistant in the neurology program at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
Lori Edey is an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (ICADC). She is a teaching supervisor in the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE) and assistant clinical professor of family medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She currently works as a counsellor and educator, with a strong interest in personal and professional integration for physicians, clergy, and religious.
Nazila Isgandarova is a journalist who was educated in Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom. She has completed her Ph.D. thesis on early translations of the Qur’an and is preparing for its defence in the United Kingdom. She was a resident chaplain at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario, offering spiritual care to Muslim and non-Muslim patients. She is married with two children and is a practising Muslim. She has written three books, the most recent being Land of Hope: Modern Political History of Azerbaijan (2004). She also writes for the Hamilton Spectator.
Colleen Lashmar is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Hamilton, Ontario, and is the director of spiritual care at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Ontario. She is an adjunct professor at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Waterloo, where she co-teaches in aging and spirituality and health care. Colleen is a teaching supervisor in the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE) and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Her doctoral thesis was on God-talk and palliative care patients.
Cheryl Levitt is chair of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. She was born in South Africa, trained there, and did her internship at Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto. She left in 1977 for Canada and practised in rural British Columbia from 1977 to 1984. Dr. Levitt has been an academic family physician since 1984 at McGill and McMaster universities. She is involved in family medicine leadership at a national, provincial, and local level, with involvement in primary care. Dr. Levitt is an executive member of the Ontario College of Family Medicine, and has published widely on primary care issues, medical migration of foreign doctors, and maternal and child health.
Pam McCarroll was the continuing education coordinator at Knox College at the University of Toronto. She has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her research work has focused on spirituality in palliative care, quantity and types of research articles in various databases, the Helping Styles Inventory (HSI), and the critique of theology on health-care spirituality.
Elizabeth Meakes was a pastoral educator at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario, and is an adjunct professor at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Waterloo, where she co-teaches graduate courses in aging and gender and spirituality. Ms. Meakes has co-authored over ten articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, Pastoral Sciences, and the Journal of Religion, Disability & Health. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Religion, Disability & Health, and reviews manuscripts for astoral Sciences. Ms. Meakes is a specialist in pastoral counselling in the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE), and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Marie-Line Morin is a professor of Pastoral Counselling at the Faculté de théologie, d’éthique et de philosophie de l’Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec. Her research interests relate to the concept of fundamental value and its various applications to pastoral counselling. She is also interested in applying the phenomenological method of research developed by Amedeo Giorgi to analyze pastoral counselling experimentations.
Calvin Morrisseau is a member of the Couchiching First Nation near Fort Frances, Ontario. Currently, he is the executive director of the Giizhikaandag Healing Centre at Couchiching, Fort Frances. He has also held the positions of the human and social services manager at the Couchiching First Nation and program manager at the Weechi-it-te-win Child and Family Services in Fort Frances. Based on his twenty years of training in counselling and addiction studies, his education in traditional practices by Aboriginal elders, healers, and teachers, and his personal recovery from addictions, abuse, assimilation, racism, and poverty, he has written a book, Into the Daylight, which presents a wholistic individual, family, community, and spiritual model of healing. He facilitates workshops relevant to the wholistic model that he advocates in his book.
Beverly Musgrave is an assistant professor in pastoral counselling and spiritual care, Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Fordham University, New York. She has completed training in pastoral psychotherapy and psychoanalytic therapy at the Blanton-Peale Institute, and has a clinical practice in pastoral counselling in New York City. Professor Musgrave is a founder and former president of Partners in Healing, and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She is co-editor of Partners in Healing: Bringing Compassion to People with Illness or Loss (2003).
Carol Penner has taught theology at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo as well as religious studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. She has worked as a chaplain and a congregational minister, and has published a number of articles in Consensus and The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling. She is currently pastoring a Mennonite congregation in Vineland, Ontario.
Paul J. Rennick is the founding director of The Saint Basil Institute of Counselling and Mental Health Education at Assumption University, Windsor, Ontario. Before coming to Windsor, he was an in-patient therapist at Saint Luke Institute, Silver Spring, Maryland, a private psychiatric hospital for clergy and ministerial personnel from all over the world. He has graduate degrees in both theology and counselling. Currently, he is Vice-President, Academic, at Assumption University.
Ellen Bouchard Ryan is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and in gerontology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Supported for twenty years by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, her research program addresses intergenerational communication. She has developed aging models to highlight the central role of communication in promoting personhood and spirituality in later life. Dr. Ryan is a former director of gerontology at McMaster, as well as a former chair of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
Stephen M. Sagar is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and an oncologist at the Juravinski Cancer Centre (formerly the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre). He contributes to the educational programs at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. He is on the international editorial boards of the evidence-based journals Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies and Integrative Cancer Therapies.
Lori Schindel-Martin is director of the Ruth Sherman Centre for Research and Education and a clinical nurse specialist in dementia care at Shalom Village in Hamilton, Ontario. She is an assistant clinical professor at McMaster University School of Nursing, and has completed her Ph.D. in clinical and health sciences at McMaster.
Mary Lou Schmuck is a research assistant in the Programme for Educational Research and Development at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
A.R.M. Upton is a professor of medicine in the area of neurology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Upton is also the head of the Division of Neurology at Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, McMaster Division.


Spirituality and Health: Multidisciplinary Explorations examines the relationship between health/well-being and spirituality. Chap-lains and pastoral counsellors offer evidence-based research on the importance of spirituality in holistic health care, and practitioners in the fields of occupational therapy, clinical psychology, nursing, and oncology share how spirituality enters into their healing practices. Unique for its diversity, this collection explores the relationship between biomedical, psychological, and spiritual points of view about health and healing.


The multidisciplinary perspective becomes the lens that brings to light the exceptional contribution of both health-care and pastoral workers. The bibliography and resource materials are extensive.

- Marilyn-Ann Elphick, Toronto School of Theology, Toronto Journal of Theology, 23: 1, Spring 2007, 2008 January

Characterized by careful attention to the latest research...Spirituality and Health: Multidisciplinary Explorations presents a quite positive approach to a useful conversation among theoreticians and practitioners involved in health care, whether their primary concern is the spiritual or physical needs of their patients/clients.... [T]he authors and editors...are to be commended for an excellent and well-grounded volume that takes seriously the concerns of many...that health care deal with the whole person.... The writing is accessible and enlightening to the non-professional, as well as to those who work as pastoral counselors or chaplains.

- Frances W. Kaye, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Canadian Ethnic Studies, 40: 1, 2008, 2009 July