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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.
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.
Table of Contents
|A Note to the Reader||p. xvii|
|Central Values and Concepts for Spiritually Sensitive Social Work|
|Guiding Principles||p. 3|
|Why Bother with Spirituality?|
|Principles That Guide the Writing of This Book|
|Preview of Chapters|
|Compassion, the Call to Service, and Ethical Principles for Social Work||p. 30|
|The Virtue of Compassion in Professional Social Work|
|Symbols of Compassion in Religious Traditions|
|A Common Heart of Compassion|
|Ethical Principles for Spiritually Sensitive Social Work|
|The Meaning of Spirituality||p. 59|
|The Challenges of Denning Spirituality|
|The Concept of Spirituality in the Helping Professions|
|Definitions and Models Related to Spirituality|
|Key Issues in Research about Spirituality|
|Exploring Spiritual Diversity for Social Work Practice|
|Human Diversity, Spirituality, and Social Work Practice||p. 101|
|History of Spiritual Diversity in the United States|
|Ethnic Diversity and Spirituality|
|Women and Spirituality|
|Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation Diversity, and Spirituality|
|Religious Perspectives on Social Service and Their Insights for Social Work Practice||p. 143|
|Buddhism and Social Service|
|Christianity and Social Service|
|Confucianism and Social Service|
|Hinduism and Social Service|
|Indigenous Religions of North America and Social Service|
|Islam and Social Service|
|Judaism and Social Service|
|Nonsectarian Spiritual Perspectives, Comparisons, and Implications for Cooperation||p. 185|
|Existentialism and Social Service|
|Transpersonai Theory and Social Service|
|Comparison of Spiritual Perspectives on Service|
|Engaging in Dialogue and Cooperation Across Spiritual Perspectives|
|Spiritually Sensitive Social Work in Action|
|Creating a Spiritually Sensitive Context for Practice||p. 213|
|The Helping Relationship and Process|
|A Holistic Approach to Social Work Practice|
|Stage 1. Understanding|
|Stage 2: Designing|
|Stage 3: Implementing|
|Stage 4: Evaluating|
|Stage 5: Integrating|
|Understanding and Assessing Spiritual Development||p. 243|
|Spiritual Development and Everyday Life|
|Spiritual Emergence and Emergencies|
|Spiritual Emergence throughout the Life Cycle|
|Assessing Spiritual Experiences and Development|
|Ethical Guidelines for Spiritually Sensitive and Culturally Appropriate Practice||p. 286|
|Ethical Guidelines for Using Spiritually Oriented Activities|
|The Ethical Mandate for Cultural Competence|
|Transcultural Teamwork for Spiritually Sensitive Practice|
|Spiritually Oriented Transformational Practice||p. 314|
|Social Work Practice as a Transformational Process|
|An Example of a Transformational Helping Process|
|Spiritual Growth Oriented Helping Activities|
|Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation|
|Engaging Ritual and Ceremony|
|A Worldwide View||p. 359|
|Spiritually Oriented Helping Activities Revisited|
|Spirituality in Fields of Practice|
|A Worldwide View of Spiritually Sensitive Practice|
|Discussion Guide for Detailed Spiritual Assessment||p. 379|
|Methodological Summary for the 2008 National Survey of NASW Members (U.S.A.) or, Spirituality and Religion in Practice||p. 385|
|Resources for Addressing Spirituality in Various Fields of Practice||p. 389|
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