Empirically Based Spirituality Education: Implications for Social Work Research and Practice
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Soc. Serv. Res.
Spirituality education; empirically based education; social work; education; spiritual practice; RELIGION; Social Work
This article provides a review of the empirical literature supporting development of a graduate social work course in spirituality. A total of 493 articles were reviewed, with 8 studies providing recommendations on course content, assignments, best practices or core competencies, and regulatory standards for social work practice. Results of the analysis indicated that undergraduate and graduate social work students and social work practitioners often reported little to no training in this specialty area, although students requested this content be provided. With limited studies to support spirituality course development and efficacy, the review found a supporting course structure should include student self-awareness and student exposure to spirituality theory. Future recommendations include the need to integrate empirical assessment into spirituality course development, while linking it clearly to social work core competencies.
Journal of Social Service Research
"Empirically Based Spirituality Education: Implications for Social Work Research and Practice" (2012). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 2339.