New Hampshire
Occupational Therapy Association

Psycho-Spiritual Integration Theory

  • 12 Sep 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Concord Hospital


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Topic: PsychoSpiritual Integration Theory: How Spirituality Can Inform Clinical Reasoning

CEUs: 2

Day/Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Venue: Concord Hospital, 250 Pleasant St, Concord, NH - Boucher Conference Room (3rd Floor)

Cost: Members - $10

          Soon-to-be members - $20

          Students - Free

***Registration Closes: Monday, September 11 at 6PM - WALK-INS WELCOME***

Presenter: LisaBeth Hammond Rogers MSOT OTR/L 

LisaBeth graduated from Ithaca College in May 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Science and in December 2011 with a Masters of Occupational Therapy. She had the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Chris Kang of Queensland Australia to complete her masters thesis, which was Spirituality in Vocation: A Survey of Service Workers from and Occupational Science Perspective. LisaBeth has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for 5 years. She is currently based out of Concord, New Hampshire. Her areas of practice are home care and skilled nursing facilities. She has special interests in dementia care, mental health in community settings, and adults with developmental disabilities.


1. Define spirituality for application in a clinical setting using Psycho-spiritual Integration Theory to frame clinical reasoning.

2. Understand the history of spirituality's relationship to occupational science and occupational therapy practice.

3. Describe areas of research supporting spirituality under the scope of occupational therapy practice.


One of the earliest founders of occupational therapy, Meyer (1922), eluded to spirituality by suggesting that therapists address the need for balance and whilesomeness in thinking, feeling, interests, and valuaes white engaging with clinets. Despite this, spirituality has been overlooked by medical professionals, including occupational therapists, even though researchers have suggested spirituality is an anrea of medical concern which should not be ignored (Christiansen, 1997: Wilding, May, & Muir-Cochrane, 2005). Occupational therapists acknowledge spiritual interventions as appropriate for treatment (Wurm, 2004) but do not address spirituality in practice because of the taboo subject of religion (Unrah, Versnel, & Kerr, 2002). Donica (2008) suggested that a thorough understadning of the spiritual elements embedded within a patient's occupations might change therapeutic experiences and outcomes. Psychospiritual integration is a theory that could provide therapists with an opportunity to consider spirituality as being a foundation where therapists determine the appropriate frames of reference, models of practice, and interventions to use with clients (Kang, 2003).

References: Christiansen, C. (1997). Acknowleging a spiritual dimension in occupational therapy practice. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 51(3), 169-172. Donica D. K. (2008). Spirituality and Occupational Therapy-. The application of the psychospiritual frame of reference. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 27(2), 107-121. Kang, C. (2003). A psychospiritual integration frame of reference for occupational therapy. Part I: Conceptual foundation. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 50, 92-103. Meyer, A. (1922). The philosophy of occupational therapy. Archives of Occupational Therapy, 1, 1-10. Unrah, A. M., Versnel, J., & Kerr, N. (2002). Spirituality unplugged: A review of commonalities and contentions and a resolution. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(1), 5-19. Wilding, C., May, E., & Muir-Cochrane, E. (2005). Experience of spirituality, mental illness, and occupation: A life sustaining phenomenon. Australian Occupational Therapy Journam, 52, 2-9. Wurm, R. (2004). Spirituality and occupational therapy (Unpublished masters thesis). Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

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