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Course: Spiritual Assessment: Handbook for Helping Professionals
David R. Hodge

CE Credit Hours: 4
Fee: $30

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Spiritual Assessment is a handbook that outlines five assessment tools that can be used to conduct spiritual assessments. David R. Hodge addresses the pressing need for clinicians to be able to conduct research based spiritual assessments by offering a 'how to' in this concise, practical book. Social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, clergy, nurses and others in the people helping profession will find the information contained in this book sufficient for them to explore their clients' spiritual histories. Each spiritual assessment instrument is described in detail, with examples and case studies. The clinician will find ample data to equip them in the assessment process. The author describes various interventions in each description to empower clients with the facts gathered.

We chose this book for a text because of its practical, hands on approach. Gathering a respectful understanding of our clients' spiritual worldviews builds a deeper dimension into the therapeutic hour. It provides a resource for clinicians to plug into and offer to their clients practical ways to utilize spirituality as a resilient strength.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Identify the key elements, frameworks and interventions in taking a spiritual history
  • Identify Watchman Nee's three components of the human spirit
  • Identify the key elements and interventions connected with the spiritual life-map assessment
  • Identify the key elements and uses connected with the spiritual ecomap assessment
  • Identify the key elements, symbols and interventions connected with spiritual genograms
  • Identify the key elements and interventions connected with spiritual ecogram assessment

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
Additional Resources On This Site for CE

Additional Resources Not On This Site

  • North American Association of Christian Social Worker
  • Other books and articles by David R. Hodge published by the North American Association of Christian Social Worker
  • Article World Magazine
  • Spirituality and Social Work

Bio: David R. Hodge

David R. Hodge, MCS, MSW, PhD, is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Research on Religion and Urban Society, University of Pennsylvania. He has published more than 50 journal articles and other academic pieces, mostly on topics involving spirituality.