A spiritual approach to social work practice

Authored by: Ann M. Carrington

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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There has been much debate regarding spirituality’s role in social work over the past three decades. The dust has settled and there appears to be a general acceptance now that not only can there be a role for spirituality in social work, but that it is an important inclusion in order to work with the whole person. However, when it comes to guides to, or consensus on, how one should practice when integrating spirituality, gaps remain. In order to contribute to the discipline’s attempts to address such gaps, a research journey was embarked upon. The research explored different spiritual paradigms, theories and practices with a view to establishing the contribution these may provide in the process of, not only including spirituality in social work practice, but doing so from an authentic spiritual perspective (see publications from this research program: Carrington 2010a, 2010b, 2013, 2014).

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