Practitioners understandings of spirituality: Implications for social work education

Stacey L. Barker, Jerry E. Floersch

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Over the past 2 decades the topic of spirituality and its relationship to the social work profession has taken its place as a significant and important part of the agenda for social work research, education, and practice. In this article we discuss the results of a qualitative study that addresses how a group of social work practitioners defined spirituality and the implications of these findings specifically for social work education. Based on findings from a thematic analysis of interviews with 20 social workers, we explore the usefulness of the term spirituality in social work education and the importance of student engagement in a self-awareness process related to spirituality. A template to initiate discussion of these issues for use in the classroom is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-370
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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