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Dialogue and Universalism

Volume 16, Issue 5/6, 2006

Authentic University

Maryann Krieglstein
Pages 21-29
DOI: 10.5840/du2006165/641

Spirituality and Social Work

In discussing social work and spirituality this paper will: list social work’s core values, language, and personal qualities that connect to spirituality; give a brief historical perspective that has led to social work’s struggle with the concepts of “religion” and “spirituality”; explain the present position of social work toward religion and spirituality and examine some of the controversies; present some current definitions of “religion” and “spirituality”; define different types of spirituality; and end with the concept of “relational spirituality” and its connection to social work.