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ERIC Number: EJ800248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-8046
What if the Spirit Does Not Move Me? A Personal Reconnaissance and Reconciliation
Hoyt, Carlos A.
Social Work, v53 n3 p223-231 Jul 2008
The burgeoning recognition of the influence of religion and spirituality in personal, cultural, and political affairs has spurred discussions regarding the need for social work practice to be sensitive and responsive to the presence of spirituality in the lives of clients. However, though attending properly to clients' coping styles involving religion or spirituality is indeed crucial, discourse on spirituality and practice too often involves unclear definitions and problematic assumptions about the prevalence and relevance of spirituality in the lives of clients. This article considers spirituality from the perspective of a nonspiritual social worker who is nevertheless committed to practice that recognizes the importance of spirituality in the lives of many clients. This article discusses some problematic aspects of dominant discourse on spirituality and offers recommendations, pedagogy, and assessment for spirituality in clients' lives that should work well for all social workers, no matter their personal views on the subject.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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