Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice

Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice : The Heart of Helping

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Many of the people served by social workers draw upon spirituality, by whatever names they call it, to help them thrive, to succeed at challenges, and to infuse their resources and relationships with meaning beyond mere survival value. This revised and expanded edition of a classic provides a comprehensive framework of values, knowledge, skills, and evidence for spiritually sensitive practice with diverse clients. Weaving together interdisciplinary theory and research, as well as the results from a national survey of practitioners, the authors describe a spiritually oriented model for practice that places clients' challenges and goals within the context of their deepest meanings and highest aspirations. Using richly detailed case examples and thought-provoking activities, this highly accessible text illustrates the professional values and ethical principles that guide spiritually sensitive practice. It presents definitions and conceptual models of spirituality and religion; draws connections between spiritual diversity and cultural, gender, and sexual orientation diversity; and offers insights from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Indigenous religions, Islam, Judaism, Existentialism, and Transpersonal theory. Eminently practical, it guides professionals in understanding and assessing spiritual development and related mental health issues and outlines techniques that support transformation and resilience, such as meditation, mindfulness, ritual, forgiveness, and engagement of individual and community-based spiritual support systems. For social workers and other professional helpers commited to supporting the spiritual care of individuals, families, and communities, this definitive guide offers state-of-the-art interdisciplinary insights as well as practical tools that students and practitioners alike can put to immediate use.show more

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  • Hardback | 472 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 793.78g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • tables and figures
  • 0195372794
  • 9780195372793
  • 657,895

About Edward R. Canda

Edward R. Canda is Professor and Director of the PhD Program in Social Work and Courtesy Professor in Religious Studies, Kansas University. Leola Dyrud Furman is Associate Professor Emeritus in Social Work at the University of North Dakota; Adjunct faculty in social work at the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota.show more

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-With numerous examples from social work practice, additional exercises for professional and personal growth, and extensive internet and print resources, this continues to be the most comprehensive, scholarly, and engaging text in the field of spirituality and social work.---Michael J. Sheridan, Research Associate Professor and Director of Research, National Catholic School of Social Service, The Catholic University of America-This is a must-read text for not only social workers but for any healthcare professionals who are interested in patient-centered care. The authors offer practical tools and resources to enable healthcare professionals to fully integrate spirituality into their clinical practices. Their attention to the diversity of cultures as well as religious and spiritual practices support a broader world view of how spirituality can be integrated into care.---Christina M. Puchalski, Executive Director, George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health -Canda and Furman advance a holistic approach to social work practice that incorporates spiritual as well as cultural diversity. A very compelling case is made that social work practice that neglects spirituality is not only inadequate, but also has the potential of being ineffective and even harmful. Spirituality, as described, is core to our being and impacts every dimension of clients' lives. This is an outstanding text for students and a very comprehensive resource for all social work practitioners.---Mary Jo Kreitzer, Director, Center for Spirituality and Healing, and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota -This book makes a substantial contribution to social work and represents yet another superb example by these leading authors of their leading contribution to the field. Of interest to practitioners, scholars, and students alike; indeed, anyone wishing to gain greater insight into the profound impact of spirituality on social work practice and theory. A highly recommended and engaging book.---John R. Graham, Murray Fraser Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Canada -This revised and expanded second edition continues its tradition of providing a clear and coherent understanding of the complex role that religion and spirituality have played in the way social work interprets it historical development, practice commitments, and ethical responsibilities. The authors have created an insightful, compassionate, scholarly, balanced, eminently practical, and highly readable edition that will stand as one of the best works of its kind the profession has to offer.---Fred H. Besthorn, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Northern Iowa -The updated edition also covers the ground of the intervening years well and provides a good overview of recent and current debates and discussions. It again draws well on the personal experience of the authors without being weighed down by anecdotage.- -- British Journal of Social Workshow more

Table of contents

PREFACE ; PART I. CENTRAL VALUES AND CONCEPTS FOR SPIRITUALLY SENSITIVE SOCIAL WORK ; 1. GUIDING PRINCIPLES ; 2. COMPASSION, THE CALL TO SERVICE, AND ETHICAL PRINCIPLES FOR SOCIAL WORK ; 3. THE MEANING OF SPIRITUALITY ; PART II. EXPLORING SPIRITUAL DIVERSITY FOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE ; 4. HUMAN DIVERSITY, SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE ; 5. RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES ON SOCIAL SERVICE AND THEIR INSIGHTS FOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE ; 6. NONSECTARIAN SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVES, COMPARISONS, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR COOPERATION ; PART III. SPIRITUALLY SENSITIVE SOCIAL WORK IN ACTION ; 7. CREATING A SPIRITUALLY SENSITIVE CONTEXT FOR PRACTICE ; 8. UNDERSTANDING AND ASSESSING SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT ; 9. ETHICAL GUIDELINES FOR SPIRITUALLY SENSITIVE AND CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE ; 10. SPIRITUALLY ORIENTED TRANSFORMATIONAL PRACTICE ; 11. A WORLDWIDE VIEW ; APPENDIX A: DISCUSSION GUIDE FOR DETAILED SPIRITUAL ASSESSMENT ; APPENDIX B: METHODOLOLIGAL SUMMARY FOR THE 2008 NATIONAL SURVEY OF NASW MEMBERS (USA) ON SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION IN PRACTICE ; APPENDIX C: RESOURCES FOR ADDRESSING SPIRITUALITY IN VARIOUS FIELDS OF PRACTICE ; REFERENCES ; INDEXshow more

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