The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work

The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work

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This international volume provides a comprehensive account of contemporary research, new perspectives and cutting-edge issues surrounding religion and spirituality in social work. The introduction introduces key themes and conceptual issues such as understandings of religion and spirituality as well as definitions of social work, which can vary between countries. The main body of the book is divided up into sections on regional perspectives; religious and spiritual traditions; faith-based service provision; religion and spirituality across the lifespan; and social work practice. The final chapter identifies key challenges and opportunities for developing both social work scholarship and practice in this area. Including a wide range of international perspectives from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and the USA, this Handbook succeeds in extending the dominant paradigms and comprises a mix of authors including major names, significant contributors and emerging scholars in the field, as well as leading contributors in other fields of social work who have an interest in religion and spirituality. The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work is an authoritative and comprehensive reference for academics and researchers as well as for organisations and practitioners committed to exploring why, and how, religion and spirituality should be integral to social work more

Product details

  • Hardback | 398 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 31.75mm | 816g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 black & white tables
  • 1138931225
  • 9781138931220
  • 1,808,998

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'There is increasing interest in social work about how the profession understands issues of religion and spirituality. This very well structured book, written by international experts in the field, comprehensively identifies the knowledge base and points towards new directions in this growing area of practice. It is an essential source for academics, practitioners and students.' - Jim Campbell, University College Dublin, Irelandshow more

About Beth R. Crisp

Beth R. Crisp is a professor in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, Australia, where she is the discipline leader for social work. She has extensive experience in the international social work arena, having previously been Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Glasgow, and more recently was the Australian lead of a consortium of eight Australian and European universities that explored curriculum development in social work at an international level. In addition to her PhD from La Trobe University, she has undergraduate degrees in social work (La Trobe University), political science (University of Melbourne) and theology (Melbourne College of Divinity). Beth has contributed around 100 major articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as having written numerous research reports, book chapters and a number of books including Social Work and Faith-based Organizations (2014) and Spirituality and Social Work (2010).show more

Table of contents

PART I Introduction 1 Religion and spirituality in social work: creating an international dialogue Beth R. Crisp PART II Regional perspectives 2 Australia: it's complicated Beth R. Crisp 3 Korean social welfare's approach to spiritual diversity Edward R. Canda, Jungrim Moon and Kyung Mee Kim 4 The absent presence of religion and spirituality in mental health social work in Northern Ireland Patricia Carlisle 5 Spirituality and religion in Maltese social work practice: a taboo? Claudia Psaila PART III Religious and spiritual traditions 6 The constructed 'Indian' and Indigenous sovereignty: social work practice with Indigenous peoples Arielle Dylan and Bartholemew Smallboy 7 The sacred in traditional African spirituality: creating synergies with social work practice Raisuyah Bhagwan 8 Studying social work: dilemmas and difficulties of Ultra-Orthodox women Nehami Baum 9 Western Buddhism and social work Caroline Humphrey 10 Achieving dynamic balancing: application of Daoist principles into social work practice Celia Hoi Yan Chan, Xiao-Wen Ji and Cecilia Lai Wan Chan 11 Celtic spirituality: exploring the fascination across time and place Laura Beres 12 Material spirituality: challenging Gnostic tendencies in contemporary understandings of religion and spirituality in social work Russell Whiting 13 Social work with Muslim communities: treading a critical path over the crescent moon Sara Ashencaen Crabtree 14 Religious and spiritual perspectives of social work among the Palestinians Alean Al-Krenawi PART IV Faith-based service provision 15 Partners in service and justice: Catholic social welfare and the social work profession Linda Plitt Donaldson 16 Residential childcare in faith-based institutions Mark Smith 17 The background and roles of The Salvation Army in providing social and faith-based services Michael Wolf-Branigin and Katie Hirtz Bingaman 18 South Asian gurus, their movements and social service Samta P. Pandya 19 Reclaiming compassion: Auschwitz, Holocaust remembrance and social work John G. Fox 20 At a crossroads: the Church of Sweden and its role as a welfare provider in a changing Swedish welfare state Eva Jeppsson Grassman PART V Religion and spirituality across the lifespan 21 Spirituality: the missing component in trauma therapy across the lifespan Heather Marie Boynton and Jo-Ann Vis 22 Spirituality as a protective factor for children and adolescents Linda Benavides 23 Responding to child abuse in religious contexts Philip Gilligan 24 Queer meaning Mark Henrickson 25 From entanglement to equanimity: an application of a holistic healing approach into social work practice with infertile couples Yao Hong and Celia Hoi Yan Chan 26 Life's end journey: social workers in palliative care Martha Wiebe 27 Social work and suffering in end-of-life care: an arts-based approach Irene Renzenbrink PART VI Social work practice 28 Religious literacy in public and professional settings Adam Dinham 29 Spirituality and sexuality: exploring tensions in everyday relationship-based practice Janet Melville-Wiseman 30 Mindfulness for professional resilience James Lucas 31 Spiritual competence: the key to effective practice with people from diverse religious backgrounds David R. Hodge 32 A spiritual approach to social work practice Ann M. Carrington 33 Critical spirituality and social work practice Fiona Gardner 34 Spiritually informed social work within conflict-induced displacement Malabika Das 35 Holistic arts-based social work Diana Coholic 36 Ethical principles for transitioning to a renewable energy economy in an era of climate change Mishka Lysack 37 The spiritual dimensions of ecosocial work in the context of global climate change Fred H. Besthorn and Jon Hudson 38 Ultimate concerns and human rights: how can practice sensitive to spirituality and religion expand and sharpen social work capacity to challenge social injustice? Fran Gale and Michael Dudley 39 Addressing spiritual bypassing: issues and guidelines for spiritually sensitive practice Michael J. Sheridan PART VII Conclusion 40 Developing the agenda for religion and spirituality in social work Beth R. Crisp Indexshow more