This singular reference; Handbook of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice and Research (PDF) explores religion and spirituality as a vital; though often misconstrued; a lens for building a better understanding of and empathy with clients. A diverse palette of faiths and traditions is compared and contrasted (occasionally with secularism); focusing on areas of belief that may inspire; comfort; or trouble clients; including health and illness; mental illness; healing; coping; forgiveness; family; inclusion; and death. From assessment and intervention planning to conduct research; these chapters guide professionals in supporting and assisting clients without minimizing or overstating their beliefs. In addition; the book’s progression of ideas takes readers beyond the well-known concept of cultural competence to model larger and more meaningful cultural safety.
Among the topics included in the Handbook of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice and Research:
- Understandings of death; dying; and mourning.
- Healing traditions; spirituality/religion; and health.
- (Re)building bridges in and with family and community.
- Diagnosis: religious/spiritual experience or mental illness?
- Integrating religion and spirituality into social work practice.
- Ethical issues in conducting research on religion and spirituality.
- Cultural safety; cultural humility; and beyond: new understandings and implications for social work.
The Handbook of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice and Research is a richly-textured resource for social workers and mental health professionals engaged in clinical practice and/or research seeking to gain varied perspectives on how the religion and spirituality of their clients/research participants may inform their work.