A growing consensus exists among helping professionals accrediting organizations and clients regarding the importance of spiritual assessment. The development of specific spiritual assessment instruments however has lagged behind this emerging interest. Further the varied needs and interests of clients suggest the importance of a variety of assessment methods rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
This practice-oriented text describes a complementary set of assessment instruments: spiritual histories spiritual lifemaps spiritual ecomaps spiritual genograms and spiritual ecograms. In addition it presents a variety of empirically-based interventions that flow from each instrument along with several case examples for illustration.
David R. Hodge PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society University of Pennsylvania Leadership Hall 3814 Walnut Street Philadelphia PA 19104. He has written widely on spirituality and conducted the first national survey of social work students’ perceptions of spirituality sensitivity.