AbstractsSocial Work

Spirituality in social work practice: perspectives and utilization of spirituality in social work

by Julia Esmeralda Cabrera

Institution: California State University – Sacramento
Department: Social Work
Degree: MSW
Year: 2015
Keywords: System theory; Transpersonal theory; Religion; Religion in social work
Record ID: 2057905
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/138467


Spirituality is an important part of diversity as determined by the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics and the Education Policy and Education Standards. However, social work education is lacking in this area. Social workers report feeling unprepared and uncomfortable in addressing spirituality with clients. The purpose of this study was to compare hospice, mental health, and hospital social workers??? perspectives, utilization and education on the use of spirituality in practice. A total of 41 social workers were surveyed and answers were analyzed with a Chi-Square and One-Way ANOVA. There was no difference in perspectives of spirituality between hospice, mental health and hospital social work respondents. There were some minor statistically significant differences in the utilization and training components, but overall, they were low in all three groups.