100793: Spiritual Ecograms: A New Assessment Instrument for Identifying Clients' Spiritual Strengths

About the Course:

Increasing recognition exists for the vital role of spirituality in the lives of many clients. Yet relatively few quantitative assessment instruments have been developed. This article presents a new assessment instrument—the spiritual ecogram—that taps information in space and across time. In addition to combining the assessment strengths of spiritual ecomaps and genograms in a single diagrammatic instrument, ecograms depict the connections between past and present functioning. Historical influences on current systems can be seen as well as current relationships to historical influences. This article also includes a case example, information on conducting a spiritually competent assessment, and a discussion of some spiritual interventions that flow from ecograms. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Introduction II. Constructing a Spiritual Ecogram III. Areas that Might be Explored During Assessment IV. Case Example V. Steps Toward Spiritually Competent Assessment VI. Interventions that May Flow from Spiritual Ecograms VII. Advantages and Alternatives to Ecograms VIII. Conclusion

Publication Date:

2005 /Vol. 86, No. 2


David R. Hodge, PhD

About the Author:

Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society University of Pennsylvania

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about spirituality and ecograms. It is appropriate for participants with all levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. identify interventions that may flow from spiritual ecograms.

  2. describe spiritual ecograms and areas that may be explored during a spiritual assessment.

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