Canadian Scholars’ Press
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2007 spirituality and social work cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
372 pages
6 x 9 inches
June 2007
Print ISBN: 9781551303291
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Overview

Spirituality is an area of thought and practice that is attracting an increasing amount of attention and interest from social work practitioners, theorists, and instructors. Spirituality and Social Work: Selected Canadian Readings explores the history, practice, and diversity of faith traditions with which spirituality and social work are intertwined.

Exciting and relevant chapters in this collection include:

  • Spirituality As a Guiding Construct in the Development of Canadian Social Work
  • Reframing Spirituality, Reconceptualizing Change: Possibilities for Critical Social Work
  • From Ecology to Spirituality and Social Justice
  • Making Circles: Renewing First Nations Ways of Helping
  • Black Churches in Canada: Vehicles for Fostering Community Development in African-Canadian Communities
  • Islamic Theology and Prayer: Relevance for Social Work Practice

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Table of Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgement
Contributors
Copyright Acknowledgements
Introduction - John Coates

Section 1: History
Introduction - John R. Graham
Chapter 1: Spirituality as a Guiding Construct in the Development of Canadian Social Work: Past and Present Considerations - John R. Graham, Diana Coholic, and John Coates
Chapter 2: The Haven, 1878-1930: A Toronto Charity's Transition from a Religious to a Professional Social Work Ethos - John R. Graham
Chapter 3: The Social Gospel - Richard Allen
Chapter 4: Excerpts from The Values of Life - E.J. Urwick
Chapter 5: Moral and Spiritual Values in Social Work - Rev. Shaun Govenlock

Section 2: Spirituality in Social Work Practice
Introduction - Brian Ouellette
Chapter 6: Exploring the Spiritual Dimension of Social Work - Michael McKernan
Chapter 7: The Helpfulness of Spiritually Influenced Group Work in Developing Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem: A Preliminary Investigation - Diana Coholic
Chapter 8: Listening to Our Stillness: Giving Voice to Our Spirituality Spirituality and Clinical Practice) - Wanda Wagler-Martin
Chapter 9: Reframing Spirituality, Reconceptualizing Change: Possibilities for Critical Social Work - Michele Butot
Chapter 10: Feminist Community Organizing: The Spectre of the Sacred and the Secular - Sarah Todd
Chapter 11: Engaging with Spirituality: A Qualitative Study of Grief and HIV/AIDS - Susan Cadell, Linda Janzen, and Dennis J. Haubrich
Chapter 12: Circles of Resistance: Spirituality and Transformative Change in Social Work Education and Practice - Cyndy Baskin

Section 3: Spirituality and Emerging Areas of Practice
Introduction - John Coates
Chapter 13: From Ecology to Spirituality and Social Justice - John Coates
Chapter 14: Profound Connections between Person and Place: Exploring Location, Spirituality, and Social Work - Michael Kim Zapf
Chapter 15: Spirituality, Stress, and Work - Rick Csiernik and David W. Adams

Section 4: Diversity and Faith Traditions
Introduction - Barbara Swartzentruber
Chapter 16: Making Circles: Renewing First Nations Ways of Helping - Gord Bruyere
Chapter 17: Communities in Cooperation: Human Services Work with Old Order Mennonites - Linda Snyder and Sarah Bowman
Chapter 18: Black Churches in Canada: Vehicles for Fostering Community Development in African-Canadian Communities - A Historical Analysis - David Este
Chapter 19: Islamic Theology and Prayer: Relevance for Social Work Practice - Alean Al-Krenawi and John R. Graham
Conclusion - Barbara Swartzentruber

John Coates

John Coates is Professor of Social Work at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is also Chair of the Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work and has written on the relevance of ecology and spirituality for social work.


Reviews

"[The authors] make a significant contribution to the exploration of spritiuality in the field of social work... I particularly liked the chapter Communities in Cooperation. This chapter will meet the highest expectations of BSW students; it is clear, readable, interesting, informative and it challenges the stereotypes students may hold of Mennonite culture."
—  Jane Birbeck, University College of the Cariboo