Spiritually Sensitive Social Work Practice


Bilich, M., & Carlson, S. (1994). Therapists and clergy working together: Linking the psychological with the spiritual in the treatment of MPD.  Journal of Christian Healing, 16(1), 3-11.


Canda, E.R., & Furman, L.D. (1999).  Spiritual diversity in social work practice: The heart of helping.  N.Y.: Free Press.


Derezotes, D.S. (1995). Spirituality and religiosity:  Neglected factors in social work practice.  Arete, 20(1), 1-15.


Kamya, H.A. (2000). Hardiness and spiritual well-being among social work students: Implications for social work education. Journal of Social Work Education. 36(2), 231-240.


Sheridan, M.J., & Amato-von  Hemert, K. (1999). The role of religion and spirituality in social work education and practice: A survey of student views and experiences.  Journal of Social Work Education, 35, 125-141.


The following are quotes drawn from the Kamya article:


"Spiritual well-being influences psychological issues, just as psychological and emotional issues influence spiritual  well-being" (p. 233). 


"In Krippner's (1992) Spiritual Dimensions of Healing, religious  and spiritual dimensions of life are underlined as the most important cultural factors of human experience, beliefs, values, and behavior, as well as illness patterns" (p. 233).


"Seward (1989) has argued convincingly  that interventions to improve spiritual well-being are as essential as interventions directed to improving physical and emotional health" (p. 237).