Spirituality & Healing
This course will help social workers appreciate the role that spirituality plays in health and illness and understand the findings of scientific studies that link longevity, health and spirituality. While critics argue that current studies have faulty methodology, other researchers point out that prayer is a Divine and personal experience that is not scientifically measurable. Studies on the connection between prayer and health are inconclusive. The most controversy surrounds those studies on heart disease and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). But, even skeptics agree that spiritual beliefs can provide comfort to people who are ill. This course will help social workers recognize the debate surrounding scientific studies on prayer. This course offers a detailed review on many different studies conducted on various
health matters, such as heart disease, AIDS, depression and stress as well as studies done on done on meditation and intercessory prayer.