Spirituality

The missing component in trauma therapy across the lifespan

Authored by: Heather Marie Boynton , Jo-Ann Vis

The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138931220
eBook ISBN: 9781315679853
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315679853.ch21

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Abstract

Spirituality is a source of continual support, comfort and connectedness and a resource during difficult times for individuals of all ages. Trauma experienced in childhood or later in life, whether long term or short term, single incident or multiple events, has captured the attention of social workers and researchers for decades. Recently, the importance of spirituality in trauma, grief and loss has emerged. The ultimate goal for social workers and researchers is the desire to prevent or minimise posttraumatic effects that follow traumatic incidents (Raphael et al. 1996; van der Kolk et al. 1996).

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