Spiritual competence

The key to effective practice with people from diverse religious backgrounds

Authored by: David R. Hodge

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
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It is increasingly recognised that spirituality is an important dimension of human existence that frequently intersects service provision (Hodge 2015a). For example, a substantial and growing body of research indicates that spirituality tends to facilitate health and wellness (Koenig et al. 2012; Koenig and Shohaib 2014). As a result, social work practitioners frequently seek to identify and operationalise clients’ spiritual assets to help them cope with, and overcome, the challenges they face.

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