Institutionalization of Spirituality in the Concept of Spiritual Health

  • Jafar Bolhari روان‌پزشک و استاد دانشگاه علوم پزشکی تهران، تهران، ایران. (نویسنده‌ی مسؤول)
Keywords: religion, spiritual health, spirituality, institutionalization


Dealing with the spiritual aspects in medicine is not a common part of the curriculums of medical faculties. Whereas, this issue is something asked for and expected by patients from us. Evidences show that the spiritual behavior can be learnt and taught in respect of securing health and the spiritual health. Spiritual psychotherapy, cognitive-therapy by a spiritual approach, consultation by a spiritual approach, group-therapy/ family-therapy by a spiritual approach, bibliotherapy by reading sacred and spiritual texts, treatment and healing in spiritual places and circles and also the mode of spiritual life in securing the health of people have an outstanding role. Spiritual education and treatment is the task of spiritual experts, but treatment, consultation and teaching sound behavior by a spiritual approach is the task of academic experts.


De Beer W A. (2000). The religiosity gap: a New Zealand perspective, Proceedings of the 35th Annual Congress of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 27–30; Adelaide, SA.

D'Souza A L, Rajkumar C, Cooke J, Bulpitt C J. (2002). Probiotics in prevention of antibiotic associated diarrhoea: meta-analysis. BMJ 324 (7350): 13-61.

D’Souza F R, Rodrigo A. (2004). Spiritually augmented cognitive behavioral therapy. Australasian Psychiatry 12, 148-153.

Koenig Harold G, McCullough Michael E, Larson David B. (2000). Handbook of Religion and Health Larson, Oxford University Press.

Mathai J, North A. (2003). Spiritual history of parents of children attending a community child and adolescent mental health service, Australas Psychiatry 11: 172-175.