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Title: How might psychiatrists and chaplains collaborate in delivering spiritual care to persons with mental illness? : a Canadian perspective
Author: Faubert, Ellen Catherine Mary
ISNI:       0000 0004 5361 6351
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis explores the collaborative practice between psychiatrists and chaplains within three mental healthcare facilities in south central Ontario, Canada. From an overview of the current literature, there has been a renewed interest by psychiatrists in the healing qualities of religion and spirituality. However, the literature also reveals that psychiatrists have a tendency not to be interested in spiritual matters. So, despite the renewed interest in the effects of spirituality on persons with mental illness and the positive outcomes that the research reveals, many psychiatrists remain unconvinced about the use of spirituality in their practice. In the light of this, I undertook this research into the lived experiences of twelve psychiatrists and ten chaplains within three mental healthcare facilities within south central Ontario. From an overview of the literature, I noted the lack of engagement by chaplains in performing research and the lack of a theological focus on the collaborative practice between these two disciplines. This study is located within the discipline of practical theology using a transversal model of praxis. Through the use of hermeneutic phenomenology as both methodology and method within a qualitative framework, I engaged some of the fundamentals of the concepts within the work of the philosopher Hans Georg Gadamer,1 in order to gain access into the collaborative practices between psychiatrists and chaplains. Using the transversal model of cross-disciplinary dialogue, I come to an understanding of the array of collaborative or non-collaborative practices between psychiatrists and chaplains. I then come to the understanding that in many instances, it is up to the chaplain to lead the way in collaborative practice. Drawing on the Christian notion of hospitality, the persuasive communication techniques used by Jesus and current organization theories within healthcare, I bring about a more robust collaborative practice with psychiatrists.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Mentally ill ; Psychiatrists ; Chaplains ; Hospital