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Spiritual Care and Logotherapy

Issue: Vol 4 No. 1 (2016)

Journal: Health and Social Care Chaplaincy

Subject Areas: Healthcare Communication

DOI: 10.1558/hscc.v4i1.20578


Chaplaincy and logotherapy seem related in several ways (conversational accompaniment, client centredness, confrontation of suffering, attention to meaning), but their practitioners seem little aware of each other. The authors clarify the different roles of chaplain and therapist by referring to Frankl’s distinction between salvation and healing of the soul. “Salvation” is reinterpreted as relationship to God. Concern is expressed on the instrumentalization of religion in coping. Ironically, logotherapy challenges chaplaincy to reconsider the question of truth and differentiation of values and chaplaincy challenges logotherapists to focus on acceptance of clients in a manner that can question some logotherapeutic dogmas.

Author: Heye Heyen, Evert Jonker, Martin Neal Walton

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