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.
Ian Mathews is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Lincoln. He has been a qualified Social Worker since 1981 & is a founding member of Green-Templeton College, Oxford. He has substantial practice experience in health & social care including several years as an Approved Social Worker & Practice Teacher. He has a particular interest in mental health issues having been the professional lead for social care in the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust prior to joining the university.
Introduction 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 Conclusion References Index