Spirituality, Health, and Healing: An Integrative Approach (2nd edition)

book-spiritualityThis book provides health care professionals with the guidelines and tools necessary to offer compassionate spiritual care to their clients and patients. By describing the profound role of spirituality on the body, mind, and spirit, this resource establishes a foundation for learning how spiritual and religious values, beliefs, and practices can positively influence an individual’s ability to heal.

Topics addressed include:

  • The Spiritual Dimension
  • Spirituality and the Spiritual Care Provider
  • Spiritual Rituals
  • Spirituality, Religion, and Health
  • Spirituality, Culture, and Health
  • Spiritual Assessment and Spiritual Care
  • Therapeutic Interventions for Healing
  • Sacred Spaces, Healing Places
  • The Spiritual Dimension in End-of-Life Care
  • Spirituality and the Grieving Process
  • Spirituality, Religion, and Children
  • Spiritual Dimensions of Aging


“Young and Koopsen have caught the essence of the diversity of the many cultural approaches to health and healing. As a physician trained in the Western Tradition of medicine, this book offered to me a more perceptive approach to the understanding of my patient’s views of their own health. I learned for the first time the difference between ‘healing’ and ‘curing.’ Although this outstanding book is primarily a teaching text, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the unique perspective that this book offers.” — R. O’Neil M.D.

“Authors Cyndie Koopsen and Caroline Young are a public health nurse and person with an MPH/health promotion background. They have both been active for many years in developing programs and resources in integrative health and wellness. They are the principals of Allegra Learning Solutions LLC, which provides resources and continuing professional education in these areas …Spirituality, Health and Healing is one of two books they have jointly written. It gives readers a broad and inclusive perspective on spirituality and the ways in which health care clinicians… nurses, physicians and other health care professionals… can incorporate spiritual awareness and approaches in their work. There are good sections in this book that address areas that are usually considered in the current literature on spirituality and health care. Examples are principles of spiritual assessment and spiritual care, and applications to end-of-life care and grief. A particular strength of the book is that there are also good sections that address areas that are not usually considered in the current literature. Examples are very nice chapters on ritual, culture and healing, healing and the arts, sacred spaces, and on spiritual care in working with children. As a medical educator and writer, I also appreciate the format of the book. Each section specifies learning objectives and offers chapter summaries, key concepts and questions for reflection. Overall, this is a practical, well-written book that adds to the growing book literature on spirituality and health care and is well-suited to individual exploration and group use.” — Frederic C. Craigie, PhD

“Health and healing are so closely related, yet with so many differences. This book has a well rounded view of both. It is rare to find such educated and diverse views brought together in a symphony of sense as in this book.” — Llana

“This book is the primary text for a course in Spirituality and Healing at the Univ. of Maine. So far it looks very good. Covers a lot of material but is not too hard reading.” — Neil T. Buffett

“This book is excellent. It can be used as a reference text for your class, place of employment or simply own it for your own education and peace of mind. It is a must read for anyone who has had or has an ill relative or companion or works in a healthcare related field. Get this book!… and begin your journey to better health.” — Richard Jr. MD, FAAP

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Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals

book-integrative-healthThis outstanding text on integrative health modalities serves as a comprehensive resource on integrative health modalities. It explores the discipline of integrative health care as a person-centered and person-empowering approach to health care, combining treatments from conventional medicine and clinically proven complementary and alternative medicine to address the body, mind, and spirit, as well as the environment and relationships with others.

Topics addressed include:

  • Holistic Stress Management
  • Health and the Human Spirit
  • Energy Healing
  • Healing Elements of Meditation
  • Place and Space: Healing Environments
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Humor and Health
  • Music Therapy and Sound Healing
  • Nutrition: An Integrative Approach
  • Bodywork Healing Therapies
  • Healing Effects of Physical Activity


“I am a RN and working for my certificate in Holistic Health Care. This educational ‘textbook’ is a perfect beginning to cover all areas, thoughts, ideas, facts, and studies in the Holistic Health Care field, and gives more than the basic education required. This book just does not cover the fundamentals, but will carry the information for the nurse to use in life, and in the lives of others she/he cares for either professionally or personally (sic). This book of information will most likely carry the RN looking to further herself into a speciality in the holistic field. Very highly recommended.” — Donna A.

“I received the book in a timely manner and it was in very good shape! It was worth what I paid for it for sure.” — Lauren W.

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