Organizations

Founded in 1926 to monitor employment conditions and to establish standards of practice within the profession, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) has evolved into a national voice. The CASW Board of Directors determines and oversees general and financial policies. With each provincial/territorial partner organization appointing one member to the Board, a unified voice for the Canadian social work profession is assured.  The Board of Directors works from a national and, indeed, an international perspective to benefit the social work profession.

The Latino Social Workers Organization (LSWO) has been focused on the recruitment and retention of Latinos in social work education since its inception. They often address spirituality in their conferences and workshops, so follow their links to learn more. 

The National Association of Black Social Workers was and is a group founded in the midst of our struggles to be a       self-determining people.  We advocate for social change, justice and human development of African people here in the United States and throughout the world.  Our affiliate chapters reflect seasoned practitioners and students of African ancestry who continue the struggle for justice and freedom. Type "spirituality" in their search engine to find resources. 

Every year our activities include efforts to further our intent in advocating in the interest of our community, as well as promoting professional growth. We are proud that we are able to provide scholarship monies to deserving students attending colleges/universities affiliated with NAPRHSW on their way to becoming social workers. We co-sponsor conferences and support the annual Hispanic Youth Conference “La Vision”. We offer workshops on various topics, including spirituality. 

Founded in 2002, the Centre on Behavioral Health was set up under the Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong. The Centre cares about the society and aims at promoting holistic health in the community.

ISNA is an association of Muslim organizations and individuals. This is an extensive site that offers networking of centers, outreach programs to foster good relations with other religious communities and civic service organizations, an online library, conferences, services (e.g. domestic violence, care for the aged).

Other resources

The Society was founded in 2002. It holds a North American conference every other year (alternate years sponsored by the USA based Society) to stimulate discussion on the topic of spirituality and social work education and practice, with an emphasis on social change and political action. This website is intended to serve as a vehicle to help develop Canadian dialogue and scholarship on the topic of spirituality within the helping professions.

The CSWE Religion and Spirituality Clearinghouse was established in 2011 to promote social workers' knowledge, values, and skills for ethical and effective practice that takes into account the diverse expressions of religion and spirituality among clients and their communities. This website includes educational modules and other resources. The co-editors are Professors Edward Canda and Michael Sherr.

This site, founded in 2000, offers information on environmental issues, ecological justice, deep ecology, ecofeminism, eco-spirituality and sustainable social development. Fred Besthorn, Ph.D., of the Wichita State University, hosts this site.

The purpose of the International Study of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice (ISRSSWP) is to better understand the extent to which practicing social workers incorporate religion and spirituality in their practice and to explore their views regarding the appropriateness of religion and spirituality in social work practice. Cross-national survey research has been conducted in the USA, the United Kingdom, Norway, and New Zealand, to expand the knowledge base with empirical data regarding the global interface of spirituality and religion in social work practice and education. The executive reports from these countries are presented in the HP.

This educational center sponsors an annual International Symposium on Spirituality and Social Work in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The Symposium is committed to themes of spirituality, social work, nonviolence, conflict resolution, and reconciliation. Dr. Edward Canda was a co-director of this symposium for several years.

NACSW is an interdenominational and international organization representing a rich diversity of Christian denominations and traditions. NACSW recognizes that different Christian denominations and traditions use different language to express the heart of historic Christian faith. NACSW's mission is to equip its members to integrate Christian faith and professional social work practice. To fulfill its mission, NACSW offers a wide range of services and benefits to its approximately 1,700 individual and organizational members.

Out of its firm commitment to social justice and by virtue of the Catholic mission of our sponsors, St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas, the social work faculty has looked to Catholic Social Teaching as a rich resource to inform and further specify social justice goals of social work education and practice.

The Society was founded in 1990, in Dr. Edward Canda's words, "in order to create connections and mutual support among social workers of many contrasting spiritual perspectives." The Society is committed to developing innovative approaches to spiritually sensitive social work practice and education.

The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) works to overcome prejudice, violence, and misunderstanding by activating the power of the city’s grassroots religious and civic leaders and their communities.


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