Chapter 8 suggests that social workers can evaluate spiritually-sensitive hospice social work by drawing from models of spiritual competence. Evaluation in the practice setting is essential to ensure that patients experience hospice social work as being spiritually sensitive, rather than spiritually insensitive or, even worse, spiritually destructive. This chapter presents several models of spiritual competence with a focus on Hodge (2011) and associates (Hodge & Bushfield, 2006; Hodge et al., 2006) to evaluate spiritually-sensitive hospice social work. Such evaluation not only reflects the importance of understanding the spiritual quality of hospice social work, but the need to ensure that hospice social workers have the necessary spiritual competence. This includes assuming leadership in sensitizing interdisciplinary team members to patient spirituality.
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