Spirituality and Social Work

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Written by two leading authors in the field,Social Work and Spirituality provides a critical engagement with the concept of spirituality and a much needed framework for the integration of spiritual care in mainstream practice. It is fundamental reading for all students of social work theory, ethics and practice.

Author Biography

MARGARET HOLLOWAY is a professor of Social Work at the University of Hull. She is credited with the first empirical work in the UK on social work in dying and bereavement and social work and spirituality. She is founder of the Interdisciplinary Spirituality Group at the University of Hull. BERNARD MOSS is a professor of Social Work Education and Spirituality at Staffordshire University and Director of the Centre for Spirituality and Health.  His teaching interests include death, dying and bereavement; mediation studies, and spirituality, religious belief and social care. 

Table of Contents

List of figures and boxesp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Contemporary and historical contextsp. 1
Introductionp. 1
The human condition - a good place for social work to start?p. 6
Religion, secularism and social workp. 8
The resurgence of 'religion'p. 16
Social work's rediscovery of spiritualityp. 18
Conclusionp. 21
Taking it furtherp. 22
Meaning, mystery and social workp. 23
Introductionp. 23
Religion and beliefp. 24
Secular spiritualityp. 28
Spirituality and meaning-makingp. 30
The search for definitionsp. 33
The dark side of spiritualityp. 36
A conceptual framework for social work practicep. 39
Conclusionp. 44
Taking it furtherp. 45
Spiritual needp. 46
Introductionp. 46
Social work and the concept of needp. 47
Assessment of spiritual need and spiritual distressp. 55
Debates and dilemmas for social workp. 69
Conclusionp. 71
Taking it furtherp. 72
Spirituality and the quality of lifep. 73
Introductionp. 73
Perspectives on quality of lifep. 75
Quality of life, health and well-beingp. 84
Conclusionp. 93
Taking it furtherp. 94
Spiritual carep. 96
Introductionp. 96
Empowering spiritualityp. 98
Partnership and spiritual carep. 98
Transcendencep. 100
Transformationp. 102
Wholenessp. 103
The importance of hopep. 104
Building resiliencep. 107
Meaning-making and spiritual narrativesp. 110
The Fellow Traveller modelp. 111
Conclusionp. 121
Taking it furtherp. 122
Spiritual care in the multidisciplinary teamp. 123
Introductionp. 123
Background to interprofessional workingp. 124
What is multidisciplinary working?p. 125
Organisational structuresp. 127
Interprofessional issuesp. 128
Palliative carep. 131
Restorative Justicep. 134
Spirituality and ourselvesp. 138
Conclusionp. 143
Taking it furtherp. 144
Spirituality and communityp. 145
Introductionp. 145
Meaning-making in societyp. 147
Celebrating diversity with social justicep. 148
The contribution from faith communitiesp. 154
An eco-spiritual perspectivep. 157
Conclusionp. 162
Taking it furtherp. 163
Global and multicultural perspectivesp. 164
Introductionp. 164
Social work practice in multicultural settingsp. 165
Spirituality and the challenge to western social work paradigmsp. 174
Conclusionp. 181
Taking it furtherp. 183
Referencesp. 184
Indexp. 199
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