Addressing the Spiritual and Cultural Needs of Clients

An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health care professionals, and other interested individuals.

The instructional course is designed for nurses, social workers, and those providing pastoral services to culturally diverse individuals who are experiencing an illness. Those who are providing spiritual care and support have a responsibility to develop competencies that respond to the concerns and distresses expressed in uniquely spiritual and cultural ways by the person and significant others during an illness event. Therefore, the course is designed to assist health care professionals develop competencies to ensure the emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs of the person and significant others’ needs are met.


At the completion of the course, the health care professional will be able to:

  1. Describe the term “web of meaning”.
  2. Restate the five (5) steps to ensure spiritual cultural competency.
  3. Summarize the importance of cultural diversity relevant to spirituality.
  4. Examine the process of becoming multiculturally competent. 
  5. Utilize the strategies and tools used to assist the health care professional in acquiring spiritual and cultural competency.
  6. Analyze the obstacles to incorporating multiculturalism and interfaith perspectives and propose strategies to prevent these obstacles into their own professional practice.
  7. Integrate strategies to obtain spiritual/cultural competency.


Chapter 1: The Search for Spiritual/Cultural Competency

  • The Living Human Document and Meaning
  • Life Narrative as an Interwoven Fabric
  • Five Steps for Spiritual/Cultural Competency
Chapter 2: Cultural Diversity in Pastoral Care
  • Spirituality and Culture
  • Hindu Spirituality
  • Muslim spirituality
  • African American spirituality
Chapter 3: Process of Becoming Multiculturally Competent
  • Pastoral care vs spiritual care
  • Spiritual values vs. multicultural values
  • Steps to help the health care professional
Chapter 4: Strategies in Developing Cultural Competency
  • Self-awareness
  • Knowledge of otherness
  • Skill acquisition
  • Assessing barriers
  • Willingness to learn
Chapter 5: Obstacles to Incorporating Multiculturalism and Interfaith Perspectives
  • Definitions of religion and spirituality
  • Different spiritual orientations
  • Different perspectives on what “good care” means
  • Referrals
  • Comprehensive assessment
Chapter 6: Healthcare Professional’s Path in Cultural and Spiritual Sensitivity
  • Developing resources
  • Types of resources
  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $15.00

Contact Hours: 1.5

Course Author

Golden Tradewell

During her 24 years of teaching in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program at McNeese State University, Dr. Tradewell developed a Transcultural Nursing course and brought students to Yucatan, Mexico. 

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