Religious and Spiritual Aspects of Human Service Practice / Edition 1

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This guide offers advice on direct practice concerns, including spiritual assessment, positive and pathological uses of religious practice, and the need for spiritual self-awareness among human service workers.
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Contending that despite current efforts to make social workers sensitive to differences of race, ethnicity, and gender, the diversity and impact of religious beliefs has often been overlooked, three professors of social work/human services offer a guide to direct practice concerns. Spiritual assessment, positive and pathological uses of religious practice, and the need for spiritual self-awareness among human-service workers are explored, as are issues related to community, congregation, and making of public policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570032622
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: Social Problems and Social Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 421,841
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Historical Influences of Religion on Human Services
Ch. 1 The Influence of Religious Groups on the Historical Development of the Helping Professions 13
Ch. 2 The Influence of Religion on the Historical Development of Clinical Practice 31
Ch. 3 Understanding the Diversity of Religious Groups in the United States 44
Pt. II Clinical Applications and Self-Awareness
Ch. 4 Religious Diversity and Faith Development 75
Ch. 5 Spiritual and Religious Concerns in Human Service Practice 87
Ch. 6 Psychopathology of Religion and Spirituality 99
Ch. 7 Religion and Spirituality of Human Service Workers 113
Pt. III Organization, Community and Policy Applications
Ch. 8 Community and Religion in the United States 129
Ch. 9 Religious Congregations and Human Services 144
Ch. 10 Religiously Affiliated Human Service Agencies 160
Ch. 11 Public Policy and Religion in the United States 174
Epilogue 188
Appendix Course Outline 193
Index 197
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