Netherlands, Utrecht

Leadership and Identity: The Integration of Spirituality in Healthcare, Welfare and Education

when 18 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 585

New awareness is growing about the importance of meaning, spirituality and ethics in organizations. After a period of strengthening rationalization , through business rules and quality protocols, leadership is challenged to bring in a humane perspective. Spiritual caregivers often see themselves as advocate of this humane perspective in care and education; but also physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses and teachers deal with this issue. It stimulates reflection on identity: the identity of the individual professional worker, of the multidisciplinary cooperation and of the organization in general.
Is it possible to combine both movements, that of rationalization and that of humanization? What kind of leadership do we need in our time, especially for this identity reflection?

In the program, lecturers on philosophy, ethics and spiritual care of Utrecht University, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre , the Foundation ? Philosophy East West? and the University of Applied Humanities will reflect with the participants on those topics. The focus is how professionals can develop their own leadership in in the multidisciplinary care for clients and the education of students.

Course leader

dr. Wim Smeets

Target group

The course examines an important social domain ? that of identity of health care, welfare and education ? from philosophical, ethical and religious angles. The course is therefore of interest to students from a range of disciplines, including medicine, social policy and the humanities. A strong emphasis on this course is the development of interdisciplinary ways of thinking and working.

Course aim

1. Students will gain insight into concepts of leadership in the past and present.
2. Students will gain insight into the implications of people?s search for meaning, and of spirituality and ethics, for the identity of organizations in health care, welfare and education institution and the management of spiritual care.
3. Students will acquire the skills needed to develop their own leadership, to make an independent contribution to policymaking and management in health care, welfare or education with an awareness of the issues involved in people?s search for meaning, and in spirituality and ethics.

Fee info

EUR 585: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 385: Course + course materials

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