1st Edition

Spiritual Care for Children Living in Specialized Settings
Breathing Underwater

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ISBN 9780789006301
Published March 30, 2000 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

Do you understand what institutionalized children really need?

Spiritual Care for Children Living in Specialized Settings: Breathing Underwater offers social service staff, child care workers, and youth ministers techniques and methods to create a common language and framework for interventions with children and teens in care facilities. This unique resource will help you design spiritual care programs that will foster good communication and spiritual growth. Spiritual Care for Children Living in Specialized Settings provides you with insights into the dynamics of spirituality and offers practical ways of creating a spiritually nurturing environment for children and teens in a variety of settings.

Spiritual Care for Children Living in Specialized Settings offers social service staff, child care workers, and youth ministers tips and suggestions for implementing spiritual care in your youth care setting, such as:

  • using principles from different religions to teach children about suffering and spiritual growth
  • examining aspects of American culture that support or hinder spiritual growth
  • understanding the condition of spiritual brokenness that often occurs in children living in specialized settings
  • exploring recommendations from children and teens that reveal what helps them gain spiritual growth

    Informative and compelling, Spiritual Care for Children Living in Specialized Settings: Breathing Underwater provides you with resources for learning about a variety of religions to best relate to children in need. This wonderful resource provides you with answers to commonly asked questions to help you promote spirituality and give guidance through understanding and caring. Use it to improve the emotional well-being and quality of life of the children you work with!

Table of Contents


  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Foundations of Spiritual Care
  • Chapter 1: Naming Spiritual Experience Principles of Spiritual Care
  • Reflection Exercise
  • Chapter 2: Perspectives on Suffering from World Religions Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  •  Buddhism
  •  Common Themes on Suffering
  •  Reflection Questions
  • Chapter 3: Spirituality and American Culture Addictive Worldview
  • Consumer Worldview
  • Individualism Worldview
  • Spirituality and the Twelve Steps Part II: Conditions on Spiritual Brokenness and Healing
  • Chapter 4: Powerlessness and Presence
  • Kelly's Story
  • Welcoming the Stranger: A Theology of Presence
  • Practical Suggestions
  • Reflection Exercise
  • Chapter 5: Homelessness and Hospitality Mike's Story
  • Suffering As Homelessness
  • Home, Hospitality, and Participation
  • The Promised Land: A Theology of Home
  • Practical Suggestions
  • Reflection Exercise
  • Chapter 6: Rootlessness and Community Sal's Story
  •  Suffering and Rootlessness
  • Creating a Community of Values
  •  It Takes a Village: A Theology of Community
  • Practical Suggestions
  • Reflection Exercise
  • Chapter 7: Hopelessness and Transformation Sally's Story
  • Suffering and Hopelessness
  • Building Hope Through Symbol and Ritual
  • The Impossible Dream: A Theology of Hope
  • Practical Suggestions
  • Reflection Exercise
  • Chapter 8: Loss, Grief, and Healing David's Story
  • Suffering and Traumatic Loss and Grief
  • Growing Strong in Broken Places: A Theology of Healing Practical Suggestions
  •  Reflection Exercise Part III: Resources for Designing
  • Chapter 9: Ten Common Questions Question #1 (ital): Does Spiritual Care Go Against the Separation of Church and State?
  •  Question #2(ital): Is it OK for Me To Talk About My Religion and Spirituality with Residents? Question #3(ital): Is it a Concern to Allow Church Groups into Our Facility to Bring Children Out to Local Religious Services and Meetings in the Community?
  • Question #4(ital): What Do We Do When a Youth Espouses Satanism and Believes He or She Has a Right to Practice This Religion?
  •  Question #5 (ital): If Our Program Works with young Children Who Are Not Able to Speak for Themselves, What Are Our Limits for Providing Spiritual Care?
  • Question #6(ital): When Our Agency Is Affiliated with a Particular Religious Tradition and Our Leadership Is Uncomfortable with Providing for the Needs of Other Faiths, How Can We Respond?
  •  Question #7(ital): What Is “Proselytizing” and What Does It Have to Do with Providing Spiritual Care?
  •  Question #8(ital): What Qualifications Should a Coordinator of Spiritual Care Possess and How Do We Go About Hiring Such a Person?
  • Question #9(ital): What Can We Do if We Cannot Afford to Hire a Professional Minister to Coordinate Spiritual Care at Our Agency?
  • Question #10(ital): How Do We Find Resources, Curricula, etc., to Assist Us in Designing Our Spiritual Care?
  • Chapter 10: Designing Spiritual Care Stage I: Clarifying Current Situation
  • Stage II: Key People
  • Stage III: Deciding on Change
  • Stage IV: Principles for Program Implementation and Development
  • One Approach to Pastoral Care Ministry
  • Chapter 11: The Spiritual Gifts and Needs of Childhood Infancy
  •  Toddler Years
  •  Preschool Years
  • School-Age Years
  • Adolescence
  • What Suffering Children Say Helps Them Grow Spiritually
  • Chapter 12: Spiritual Assessments Prueyser's Model
  •  Smart's Model
  •  God-Image and Spiritual Assessment
  • Notes
  • Resources and Bibliography Index

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□Reverend Michael F. Friesen MDiv, ordnaned Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.