Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, Vol 6, No 2 (2018)

Life Tasks: Excellence in Spiritual Care through Self-awareness

Bruce A. Stevens
Issued Date: 19 Jan 2019


This article considers the quality of “self-awareness” and how it might be integrated into spiritual care. A unique “life task” model is proposed which includes discovery, testing and integration. A number of experiential exercises are suggested to facilitate the various life tasks. The article draws upon qualitative research to give an example of a person who has made progress on the life tasks and notes theologian Sarah Coakley as an example of a public figure who has engaged in the three life tasks.

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DOI: 10.1558/hscc.33754


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