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Spirituality in Social Work and Education

Theory, Practice, and Pedagogies

Edited by Diana Coholic, Janet Groen, and John R. Graham
Subjects Social Science, Social Work, Religion, Spirituality, Education
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Paperback : 9781554586264, 282 pages, October 2012
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554583812, 282 pages, January 2013

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Spirituality in Social Work and Education: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogies, edited by Janet Groen, Diana Coholic, and John R. Graham
1. Introduction | Janet Groen, Diana Coholic, and John R. Graham
Introduction to Section One: Historical and Theoretical Underpinnings
2. For Whose Purposes? Examining the Spirituality Agenda in Adult Education | Leona English
3. Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Academic Settings | John R. Graham and Michael L. Shier
4. Prisoners of the Story: A Role for Spirituality in Thinking and Living Our Way to Sustainability | John Coates
5. Kindred Spirits? Challenges and Opportunities for the Faculties of Education and Social Work in the Emerging Teaching Focus on Spirituality | Janet Groen
Introduction to Section Two: The Pedagogy of Spirituality in Higher Education
6. Spirituality and Professional Education: Contributions toward a Shared Curriculum Framework | Daniel Vokey
7. The Ties That Bind and Unwind: Spirituality in the Secular Social Work Classroom | Sarah Todd
8. Engaging the Noosphere: An Integral Approach to Teaching Spirituality Online | Veronika Bohac Clarke
Introduction to Section Three: Implications for Practice
9. A Review of Spiritually Sensitive and Holistic Social Work Methods: Current Emphases and Future Directions for Research and Practice | Diana Coholic
10. Contemplative Practices in Teacher Education: What I Have Learned | John P. Miller
11. Toward Better Holistic Medical Education: What Can We Learn from Spiritual Healers? | Ian Winchester, Russell Sawa, Nancy Doetzel, Hugo Maynell, Debbie Zembal, and Robbi Motta
12. Stress, Coping, Growth, and Spirituality in Grief | Susan Cadell
13. The Role of Spirituality in Mediating the Trauma of Social Work Internships | Rick Csiernik
14. Concluding Thoughts | Diana Coholic, Janet Groen, and John R. Graham


Over the past ten years, the fields of social work and education have grappled separately with definitions of spirituality, ways to integrate spirituality into the classroom, and the rendering of spirituality as a meaningful concept for practitioners, students, and researchers. Social work and education have many commonalities in areas of engagement with children, families, and communities. For the first time, this book brings together these two professional disciplines for interdisciplinary discussions that advance our knowledge in the broad area of “spirituality.”
The book’s three sections reflect broad topic areas created to facilitate dialogue between the contributors, all of whom have established expertise in exploring spirituality in education or social work. The first section of the book explores the historical and theoretical underpinnings of spirituality in education and social work. Examination of our respective heritages uncovers the religious roots within our professions and reveals a present understanding of spirituality that calls for active engagement in challenging oppression and working toward social justice. The second section shifts the focus to the pedagogical implications of incorporating spirituality into higher-education classrooms. The varied level of acceptance and the tensions that come from including spirituality, implicitly or explicitly, in the programs and coursework in our respective faculties are illuminated by authors in both professions. The final section explores issues related to practising and teaching in the field from a spiritually sensitive perspective.