Social work in modern society requires practitioners to be culturally and spiritually sensitive. This book explores the often challenging relationships between spirituality, religion and social work. It considers the skills, knowledge and values that are required to incorporate a spiritual awareness into social work practice and in doing so explores in greater depth the social worker/service user relationship. By using case studies, reflective exercises and other learning features, students will begin to appreciate and understand the importance of a spiritually sensitive approach to their social work practice.
What is spirituality?
The cultural context of spirituality
Communities and spirituality
Working with spirituality: Older People
Working with spirituality: Disability
Working with spirituality: Mental distress
Working with sprituality: Children