EMP 827 D. Benor 3 credits
Phenomenology Research in Wholisitic Spiritual Healing
Wholistic spiritual healing addresses the many levels of a person’s being, including spirit, relationships (with other people and the environment), mind, emotions and body. Many therapists, using a variety of healing interventions, claim they are helping people to deal with dis-ease and disease, as well as to grow in psychospiritual awareness—personally and professionally. This course will give participants tools to understand and assess the research evidence that supports claims for efficacy and effectiveness of the various Complementary and Alternative (CAM) therapies. Students will explore a spectrum of research, including: individual case reports, observational reports, qualitative studies and randomized controlled trials to understand and explain wholistic spiritual healing. The strengths and weaknesses of each of these research approaches will be clarified.
In the course of studying methodologies, students will also learn some of the advantages and limitations of various CAM therapies. Study will be through reading published research studies, writing student papers that review and critically analyze research reports and their underlying theories, and critiques of classmates’ papers.