Using the S.H.I.P. is simple. First, familiarize yourself with the framework, so it can inform your encounters. Next, try it out for yourself. It is meant to be so intuitive that just the knowledge of the areas of inquiry will prompt your questions and aid in recollection and documentation, after the fact.
The areas of inquiry set out below are kinesthetically easy to remember: simply consider the space around your own body: within you, outside and next to you, before and behind you, above and below you.
Originally envisioned as a tool for interfaith hospital chaplains, the S.H.I.P. (Spiritual-Holistic Inquiry Process) has been found useful in a wide variety of settings, including: hospital chaplaincy, ministerial counseling, and use by other health care professionals (the client or patient encounter); drama therapy; self-Assessment; analysis of artistic works; analysis of cities; biblical exegesis.
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