Is a philosophically-oriented discussion serving the purpose of spiritual care?

From March 2014 until mid-April 2014 we introduced 4 modules of 2 sessions each in the context of an existing workshop called: “Speaking while using a topic.”

Elisabeth Ansen Zeder


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Scholarcy highlights

  • New philosophical practices are developing in schools from preschool to secondary level, as well as in health care settings
  • The child psychiatrist previous research offered a philosophical workshop to prevent mental suffering. He acknowledged the therapeutic virtue of philosophy because it “takes care of the soul”. This therapeutic virtue lies in the fact that the philosophical workshop aims at developing the capability to reflect, caring for others, and self-esteem
  • Could the new philosophical practices be involved in that dynamic?. This question has led us to put into place philosophically-oriented discussion groups at a small institution in Western Switzerland, Bethel House, which is a transitional venue for adults who suffer temporarily from a mental vulnerability
  • Bethel House is a young institution founded in 2010. It is part of the Canton of Vaux Association of Socio-medical Establishments and the Riviera and the Pays-Elisabeth Ansen Zeder: Is a philosophically-oriented discussion serving the purpose of spiritual care?
  • If the issue of meaning “is but a part of the clinical approach centred on recovery”, as pointed out by previous research, it must be looked upon as a complement to other possible therapeutic actions, without forgetting the existential approach which includes the dimensions of self-determination, loneliness and the finitude of human beings
  • Could the model of spiritual needs STIV put into place in geriatrics by Monod, Rochat, Büla and Spencer be adapted to patients suffering from mental distress? This model is interesting as an interdisciplinary work which includes the chaplain into the health care team, and allows for a structured and systematic approach of evaluating spirituality as pointed out by previous research
  • Could the practice of the philosophical thinking community or the philosophically-oriented discussion enrich the set of tools used in introducing patients to hope and spirituality, yet respecting the plurality of their beliefs and cultural origins?

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