Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice: The Heart of Helping

Hardcover | October 15, 2009

byEdward R. Canda, Leola Dyrud Furman

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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 acomprehensive 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 connectionsbetween spiritual diversity and cultural, gender, and sexual orientation diversity; and offers insights from Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Indigenous religions, Islam, Judaism, Existentialism, and Transpersonal theory. Eminently practical, it guides professionals in understandingand 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 committed to supporting the spiritual care of individuals, families, and communities, this definitive guide offers state-of-the-art interdisciplinary and international insights as well as practical tools that students and practitioners alike can putto immediate use.

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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 acomprehensive framework of values, knowledge...

Edward R. Canda, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the Office for Research on Spiritual Diversity in Social Work at the School of Social Welfare and Courtesy Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Kansas. Leola Dyrud Furman, M.S.W., Ph.D. is Associate Professor Emerita in Social Work at the Univ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:472 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 0.79 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePart I: Central Values and concepts for Spiritually Sensitive Social Work1. Guiding Principles2. Compassion, the Call to Service, and Ethical Purposes for Social Work3. The Meaning of SpiritualityPart II: Exploring Spiritual Diversity for Social Work Practice4. Human Diversity, Spirituality and Social Work Practice5. Religious Perspectives on Social Service and their Insights for Social Work Practice6. Nonsectarian Spiritual Perspectives, Comparisons, and Implications for CooperationPart III: Spiritually Sensitive Social Work in Action7. Creating a Spiritually Sensitive Context for Practice8. Understanding and Assessing Spiritual and Assessing Spiritual Development9. Ethical Guidelines for Spiritually Sensitive and Culturally Appropriate Practice10. Spiritually Oriented Transformational Practice11. A Worldwide ViewAppendix A: Discussion Guide for Detailed Spiritual AssessmentAppendix B: Methodological Summary for the 2008 National Survey of NASW Members (USA) on Spirituality and Religion in PracticeAppendix C: Resources for Addressing Spiritualityin Various Fields of PracticeReferencesIndex