For the students on the Diploma in Practical Spirituality & Wellness we have a reassuring handout. It is evidence that we do not have to persuade the mainstream that spirituality is beneficial and important. Below is the text of the handout. I hope you find the statements interesting and inspiring. And if you know others, please add them in Comments at the end of this page
Royal College of Psychiatrists ‘Spirituality and Mental Health’ 2014
‘Spirituality emphasises the healing of the person, not just the disease. It views life as a journey, where good and bad experiences can help you to learn, develop and mature.’
World Health Organisation May 1984
The Thirty-Seventh World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA37.13, which named the “spiritual dimension” as an integral part of WHO Member States’ strategies for health.
United Nations – The Earth Summit Conference 2002
‘Health ultimately depends on the ability to manage successfully the interaction between the physical, spiritual, biological and economic/social environment.’ Agenda 21, 6.2
The Nursing and Midwifery Council
‘The Nursing and Midwifery Council expects newly qualified graduate nurses to be able to: In partnership with the person, their carers and their families, makes a holistic, person centred and systematic assessment of physical, emotional, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs, including risk, and together, develops a comprehensive personalised plan of nursing care.’ (2011)
Scottish Executive Health Department ‘Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy’ 2009
‘Chief Executives are asked to ensure that this guidance is brought to the attention of all appropriate staff and, in particular, to ensure that: They have appointed a senior lead manager for spiritual care.’ ‘Spiritual care is usually given in a one-to-one relationship, is completely person-centred and makes no assumptions about personal conviction or life orientation …. Spiritual care is not necessarily religious. Religious care, at its best, should always be spiritual.’
General Medical Council ‘Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice’ 2013, p.1
‘A doctor must adequately assess the patient’s conditions, taking account of their history (including the symptoms and psychological, spiritual, social and cultural factors), their views and values.’
Education Reform Act of 1988
The opening sentence ‘The curriculum for a maintained school (must be) a balanced and broadly based curriculum which — promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society.’
Education (Schools) Act 1992
‘The Chief Inspector for England shall have the general duty of keeping the Secretary of State informed about … the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at those schools.’
Ofsted School Inspection Handbook, Jan 2015
The word ‘spiritual’ appears 20 times – Para 128: ‘Before making the final judgement on the overall effectiveness, inspectors must also evaluate: the effectiveness and impact of the provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development . . .’
British Association of Social Workers ‘Code of Ethics for Social Workers’ 2012
Upholding and promoting human dignity and well-being ‘Social workers should respect, uphold and defend each person’s physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual integrity and well-being.’
If you know other authoritative and useful statements, please post them in the Comments below. Thanks.
You may be interested that:
“Australia’s first document to articulate a national approach to learning for young children in care, Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (DEEWR, 2009) makes several references to the spiritual aspects of children’s learning and their lives. It also assigns early childhood educators particular roles associated with that spiritual aspect.” See
Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. (2009). 1st ed. [ebook] Australia. Available at: https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/belonging_being_and_becoming_the_early_years_learning_framework_for_australia.pdf [Accessed 20 May 2015].
“As children are developing their sense of identity, they explore different aspects of it (physical, social, emotional, spiritual, cognitive), through their play and their relationships.” (p. 23)
“To support children’s learning, it is essential that educators attend to children’s wellbeing by
providing warm, trusting relationships, predictable and safe environments, affirmation and respect for all aspects of their physical, emotional, social, cognitive, linguistic, creative and spiritual being.” (p. 33)
In the glossary: “Spiritual: refers to a range of human experiences including a sense of awe and wonder, and an exploration of being and knowing.” (p. 49).