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Considering the spiritual dimension of human life and its relevance to social work education: Social workers’, educators’ and students’ views


Hay, J, Considering the spiritual dimension of human life and its relevance to social work education: Social workers', educators' and students' views, Advances in Social Work and Welfare, 14, (1) pp. 52-66. ISSN 1329-0584 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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While the spiritual dimension of human life is a topic which has begun to be explored by social work researchers in recent times, it remains largely ignored in social work education. This is in spite of the fact that, as the literature suggests, spirituality is an important component of many peoples' lives. This study explored social workers', social work students' and social work educators' views regarding the relevance of incorporating a spiritual component into the Bachelor of Social Work curriculum. Ten people participated in this qualitative study which provided rich and in-depth data from semi-structured interviews. Although the findings are unable to be generalised to all social work students, workers and educations, a number of suggestions for future social work education have been recommended. The research concludes that there is a place for the acknowledgment and exploration of clients' spiritual beliefs as well as reflection on students' own spiritual beliefs in social work education today.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:social work, spirituality, education
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Social Work
Research Field:Social Work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Hay, J (Ms Jenny Hay)
ID Code:119732
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-08-04
Last Modified:2017-09-11

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