FCTC e-Course

The FCTC Training Programme entitled DIGITAL COMPETENCES AND SPIRITUAL ASSISTANCE IN HOSPITAL HEALTHCARE is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach which brings together sociology, anthropology, computer science and nursing.

The challenging idea is the improvement of nursing curricula with respect to the inclusion of diverse religious/spiritual needs in healthcare and the idea of the possible satisfaction of these and other needs through digital technologies.

  • The Course, hosted online by the partner UNIR, is formed by 5 interdisciplinary Modules which can be implemented both as autonomous and as guided learning process.

  • During the project's life, the course will be piloted in tutored blended learning modality with 200 selected participants coming from 4 partner Universities: UNITO, UKSW, UCD, UEx.

  • After the project's end, the e-course will be also available as an OER for self -directed learning.

  • You can download the Syllabus here


Online tutored course: 70 hours

National Face to face Labs: 15 hours

Starting date: September 2022 - End Date: January 2022

Blended Mobility in Turin (LTTA): January 2022 (reserved to 20 students in total)

Info on Unito's website: https://www.didattica-cps.unito.it/do/home.pl/View?doc=Studiare/mobilita_internazionale.html&tab=3


UNITO provides a 15-hours module entitled Spirituality and care in hospitals , supplying a range of tools for identifying and fulfilling hospital patients’ religious-spiritual needs. More specifically, it will present some innovative tools which were developed in the context of narrative medicine in order to construct religious-spiritual discursive (biographical) interviews (the patient’s spiritual history), and to develop a “parallel chart”.

UKSW University contributes with a 15-hours module entitled Managing religious diversity, introducing analytical concepts useful for understanding religious phenomena in contemporary society, and focussing on the management of religious diversity in public institutions (paying particular attention to hospitals).

UCD provides a 15-hours module entitled Spiritual nursing care interventions for end-of-life care during the COVID 19 Pandemic. After discussing how dignity is welcomed by those receiving palliative and end-of-life care, the module, synthesizing available evidence relating to dignity‐conserving palliative care, will identify evidence‐based care actions and provide guidance to nurses in clinical practice.

UNIR, the E-learning expert partner in the project, provides a 10-hours module entitled Digital skills for interaction. It will aim at providing a sound background in digital skills. The notion of emotional intelligence, with reference to intrapersonal/interpersonal, adaptability and affective competences, will be discussed. Basic concepts will be furnished for dealing with digital tools for interaction, social media, digital content creation, storytelling, privacy and copyright

UEx contributes with a 15-hours module entitled Narrative Medicine. To this end the objectives of the module are: working on teaching materials from the Narrative Medicine approach adapted to the course format; identifying the importance of the experiences and needs of patients and families in the fields of religion-spirituality; learning about the plurality of manifestations and spaces for care in the hospital environment; addressing aspects such as "oceanic listening" or empathy in the context of spiritual care.