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CARING FOR THE WHOLE PERSON. God, Medicine, and Miracles (GMM) - chpt 1 Helping Hurting People (HHP) – lesson 1. The Overall Goal : Healing. Curing the physical disease(s)

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caring for the whole person

CARING FOR THE WHOLE PERSON

God, Medicine, and Miracles (GMM) - chpt 1

Helping Hurting People (HHP) – lesson 1

the overall goal healing
The Overall Goal : Healing
  • Curing the physical disease(s)
  • Resolving the psycho-social and spiritual problems  Healing the heart, mind, soul, and spirit. This helps in curing the disease
  • Restoring the sick person to full life
the spirit of a person
The spirit of a person

The inner core of the personality that deals with :

  • Relationships with the spiritual dimension of life – God, or other spiritual powers
  • The Will – where we make basic life decisions
  • Where we ask the basic questions of life :
    • Who am I? – identity
    • Why am I here? - meaning, purpose
    • What has gone wrong?
    • How am I to live?
spiritual care what is it
Spiritual care – What is it?
  • Personal and spiritual assessment - history
  • Discerning personal and spiritual problems
  • Inviting a person into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – salvation
  • Resolution of inner problems to restore peace
  • Helping a person find true identity – a positive self image – and find meaning and purpose in life
  • Prayer for healing
spiritual care is back in
Spiritual care is backIN
  • JCAHO requires hospitals to provide spiritual care
  • It must be “patient directed”
  • It is “evidence-based”
    • “The Faith Factor,” Dale Matthews
    • “The Link Between Religion and Health,” Harold Koenig and Harvey Cohen
anger at god
Anger at God
  • You are examining a man with severe coronary artery disease. You ask him about his faith, and he replies angrily:
  • “How can I believe in a God who allowed a drunken driver to kill my 5 year old grandson?!”
  • Do you think this is affecting his heart disease?
  • How would you reply to him?
in ancient times
In ancient times
  • Illness was thought to be primarily a spiritual issue
  • Faith and healing were together
  • The priest was the healer
  • The temple was the place of healing
with the rise of science
With the rise of Science
  • Faith and science became separated
  • Religion and healing went separate ways
  • Faith is now “spiritual,” private, for eternity
  • Medicine is “secular,” practical, impersonal, and scientific
  • Few people see the interface between physical and spiritual realms
western bio medical model
WESTERN BIO-MEDICAL MODEL
  • Isaiah 28:20 – The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.
  • Why is the bio-medical way of healing too short and too narrow?
bio medical model of healing
BIO-MEDICAL MODEL OF HEALING
  • Focus is on disease, not on the person who is ill
  • Focus is on cure of the disease, not on restoration of the sick person to health
  • Neglects emotional, social, and spiritual concerns of the sick person
  • It is a fragmented approach
results
Results
  • Evidence-based medicine – this is good
  • Depersonalization of sick persons : we treat organs, lab results, not people – this is bad
  • Depersonalization of health professionals : we become technicians – this is bad
  • Commercialization of medicine : a pill for every pain – this is worse
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BODY

  • Physical

2. SOUL Psycho-logical

4. SOCIAL Relationships

3. SPIRIT Spiritual

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CAREGIVERS

BODY

SOUL

PHYSICIAN

COUNSELOR

Office:

2800 Medical Park Blvd

Office:

194 Broadway.

SOCIAL

SPIRIT

PASTORS PRIESTS

SOCIAL WORKER

Office: 1260 Quillen Blvd.. Suite 201

Office: Christ Community Church.

divided care
Divided Care
  • Care for each of these four dimensions is separate
  • Different caregivers for each dimension
  • Different locations, appointments, fee structures, etc.
  • Therefore no unified care
interactions
Interactions
  • What happens in one dimension of life affects the other three
  • The relationship may be cause or effect
  • Without care for all dimensions, healing and restoration to wholeness do not occur
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SOUL

BODY

SOCIAL

SPIRIT

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BODY

SOUL

Hypertension; Heart Disease

Chronic pain; inflammation

Auto-immune disorders

Digestive problems

Diabetes

Malignancies

Many infections

Fear; Worries; Anxiety

Anger; Bitterness

Resentment; Hostility

Shame; Guilt

Jealousy; Envy

Grief

SOCIAL

SPIRIT

Dysfunctional relationships

Loss of significant other

Divorce

Abuse

Poverty

Unemployment

Lack of identity

Meaninglessness

Poor self-image

Depression

Sense of rejection

Loneliness

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BODY

SOUL

Hypertension; Heart Disease

Chronic pain; inflammation

Auto-immune disorders

Digestive problems

Malignancies

Many infections

Fear; Worries; Anxiety

Anger; Bitterness

Resentment; Hostility

Shame; Guilt

Jealousy; Envy

Grief

SOCIAL

SPIRIT

Dysfunctional relationships

Loss of significant other

Divorce

Abuse

Poverty

Unemployment

Distorted view of God

Lack of identity; Meaninglessness

Poor self-image

Depression

Sense of rejection

Loneliness

conclusion
Conclusion
  • Problems of soul, spirit, or relationships can affect the body by
  • 1. Producing physical symptoms and illness
  • 2. Aggravating existing diseases
  • 3. Impeding recovery from illness
what can we do to care for the whole person
What can we do to care for the whole person?
  • Learn how to take a personal and spiritual history
  • Learn how to explain these dynamics to sick persons
  • Train spiritual caregivers to work in the clinic as part of the team
a team approach
A team approach
  • Health providers who understand wholeness
  • Lay caregivers trained in spiritual care
  • Regular consultations between them
  • Remove the lines between physical, psychological, social and spiritual care
  • Much prayer
the team
The Team

Religious communities

Family

Medical staff

Spiritual caregivers

Nursing staff

Friends

Social services

Administrative staff

whole person care in the clinic
Whole person care in the clinic

J E J E S U S U S

MEDICAL

SOCIAL

EMOTIONAL

SPIRITUAL

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BODY

SOUL

Hypertension; Heart Disease

Chronic pain; inflammation

Auto-immune disorders

Digestive problems

Malignancies

Many infections

Fear; Worries; Anxiety

Anger; Bitterness

Resentment; Hostility

Shame; Guilt

Jealousy; Envy

Grief

CARE

SOCIAL

SPIRIT

Dysfunctional relationships

Divorce

Loss of significant other

Abuse

Poverty

Unemployment

Lack of identity; meaninglessness

Poor self-image

Depression

Sense of rejection

Loneliness

results of whole person care
Results of Whole Person Care
  • Improvement or healing of the whole person
  • Restoration to partial or complete functional wholeness
  • Bringing faith and science, the church and medicine back together
we must make a huge paradigm shift
We must make a huge paradigm shift
  • From thinking technologically to thinking wholistically
  • From a focus on disease to a focus on the person
  • From curing to healing
  • Shifting paradigms IS NOT EASY
  • It involves changing thinking and habits
a wholistic clinical attitude
A Wholistic Clinical Attitude
  • “God, what are you doing in Mrs. Smith’s life?”
  • “Where do you want me to fit in?”
  • “What medical and spiritual care should I use with her?”
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Conclusion

Healing of the heart -

mind, soul, spirit,

and relationships -

FAVORS

[not guarantees]

healing of the body.

question
Question
  • How do you see this fitting into your own practice or situation?
  • List the advantages and difficulties
  • When you were sick in the past, who were your caregivers and what did they do for you?
  • Did you have other personal concerns that were not addressed?
  • How do you feel that could have been done?
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