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.
The Society for Spirituality and Social Work is an organization of social workers and other helping professionals that has grown international in scope. It honors and encourages spiritual development and justice for all people of diverse religious and non-religious paths by advocating for spiritually sensitive social work education, research, theory, and practice. Dr. Edward Canda began to develop the Society through networking while at the University of Iowa in 1986-89. In 1990, he founded the Society at the University of Kansas. Subsequent Directors were Professor Robin Russel, Ph.D. (1994-2005) and Professor Ann Weaver Nichols, DSW (1995-2000). The current Director is Professor Helen Lans, Ph.D., at University of Southern California. Membership includes a newsletter, subscription to the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, discounted registration for sponsored conferences, and opportunities for networking. Publications from the first three years of the SSSW can be found here (SSSW). This is a collection of the publications of the Society for Spirituality and Social Work (1989-1992), when Dr. Canda was the Society director and publications editor. It contains essays and research articles by some of the early leaders of the movement for spirituality in social work. The bibliographies included indicate the range of publications available in the USA during the late 1980s to early 1990s. This collection has never before been published all together; the contents are rare to find through libraries.
The Center on Religion & the Professions works to improve religious literacy among professionals, to help them serve a diverse public. The center seeks to help professionals and students become more aware and respectful of religious and cultural beliefs among co-workers, clients or patients, and to be sensitive how religion affects perspectives of ourselves and others.
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).
This link goes to sociology and social work-related resources.
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.
FASTEN offers networking opportunities and informational resources to equip faith-based practitioners, congregations, private philanthropists, and public administrators seeking to collaborate effectively to renew urban communities.
There is considerable interest in questions of Charitable Choice and the collaboration of faith-based groups with the government in delivering social services. We offer quite a few articles and research summaries on this topic. This page is an attempt to draw together all those items in one place, and provide a few additional links to excellent websites on the topic. We do not intend this section to be an exhaustive treatment of the issue, rather a convenient way to examine the charitable choice resources contained on our site.
Organizations & Other Resources
The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) is dedicated to promoting the holistic principle of honoring the whole person (mind, body, and spirit) and encouraging people to actively participate in their own health and healthcare. AHHA compiles wellness resources and shares these as a free, impartial public service.
With commitment to interfaith ministry and the professional practice of chaplaincy care, the Association of Professional Chaplains serves chaplains in all types of health and human service settings. Our more than 4,000 member chaplains and affiliates are involved in chaplaincy care of all persons, respecting their diverse cultures, identities and beliefs. As a national, not-for-profit professional association, APC advocates for quality chaplaincy care of all persons in health care facilities, correctional institutions, long-term care units, rehabilitation centers, hospice, the military and other specialized settings.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Link to eSolutions Newsletter regarding Spirituality and Health from June 2014.
Several links and other resources associated with the HOPE questions that provide a tool for spiritual assessment.
The Center for Spirituality and Health is to pursue research and provide curriculum at the interface of spirituality and the health sciences. It is designed to promote within University of Florida the rigorous, interdisciplinary study of the human experience of faith, belief and spiritual knowledge in relation to health at the individual, community, and global levels.
The Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health conducts interdisciplinary research, scholarship and education on spirituality, theology, and health. It also explores the role of faith communities in forming the health of the broader community, and integrates research and scholarship into the practical disciplines of care and service with an emphasis on older adults.
Offers various resources including a detailed summary of David Larson and Susan Larson Tutorial including 6 modules with topics addressed.
Helps persons struggling with internal conflict, anger, personal loss, etc. Through faith based psychotherapy, offering tools for pastoral training, counseling, and bio-ethics.
A private foundation that seeks to support efforts exploring the interconnection between mind, body, and spirit. Advertise research/educational retreat center for professionals to exchange ideas, as well as contemplative retreat center to refresh one's spirit.
The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health was established in May 2001 as a leading organization on education and clinical issues related to spirituality and health. The institute is changing the face of healthcare through innovative programs for physicians and other members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team, including clergy and chaplains. Quick link to the FICA Assessment Tool.
An interfaith membership organization committed to encouraging, supporting, and developing whole-person ministries in congregations. We already possess their handbook for beginning congregational health ministries.
Offers an archive of speeches and publications related to spirituality and health, including a searchable database of practice models and updated information on research and curricula for medical practitioners.
This journal publishes peer-reviewed papers that examine the latest research findings and best practices in mindfulness. It explores the nature and foundations of mindfulness, its mechanisms of actions, and its use across cultures.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). NCCAM sponsors and conducts research using scientific methods and advanced technologies to study CAM.
Parish nursing is a division of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Offers congregational health ministries needs assessment surveys, guidelines for simple medical procedures such as blood pressure checking, and wellness inventories.
This site offers many links to Presbyterian websites dedicated to dealing with specific health issues (e.g. Addictions). It also provides a number of ways one might contribute to helping these causes.
Rush is a teaching hospital in Chicago, Illinois. The Religion, Health, and Human Values department serves the needs of patients and families by offering the services of chaplains and ethicists.
The Samaritan Ministry, founded in 1972, is a partnership of the Samaritan Institute and affiliated Samaritan Centers. Each year Samaritan Centers provide about 500,000 hours of outpatient counseling, education, and consultation from almost 500 offices in 34 states and in Japan. Samaritan Centers provide outpatient counseling for individuals, couples, families, and groups; educational programs; and consultation for individuals and organizations. One of the hallmarks of this ministry is "a belief in the close relationship and balance of body, mind, spirit, and community and that optimal health involves all four." All Centers use a team approach that combines the special talents of therapists, clergy, and physicians to achieve a holistic perspective in the treatment and care of clients.
Reports on the people, the practices, and the ideas of the current "spiritual renaissance." Offers self-tests, guidance on spiritual practices, writings from authors in the field, and reviews of latest resources.
Stephen Ministries is a transdenominational Christian education organization. This site offers an online bookstore, online resources, and information concerning workshops that are geared toward providing training to address various health issues within one's church community.
Through a $2 million gift from the Tyson Family Foundation and Tyson Foods Inc., the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas is establishing the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace. The center will focus on curriculum development; outreach programs to business, churches and civic organizations; and research program support.
Offers the United Methodist Church's understanding of "health," phrased in social and holistic terms. Suggests models for congregation-based health ministries, including a list of resources for building a basic health library.
This fund provides grants to those seeking to advance health issues in Kansas. A number of current grant projects are listed as well as contact information concerning submitting your own grant application.
The Center for Spirituality and Healing seeks to promote an integrative medicine that recognizes biomedical, cross-cultural and spiritual elements to care. It provides education and research-based information to advance clinical health care. This site also features a page on Hmong Shamanism.
Developers of The Center for Congregational Health Ministry in Wichita, KS. Offers a resource center with referral directories for local and regional resources, support groups, and professional parish nursing organizations. Also includes a reference library with sources related to parish nursing and wellness ministries. Has developed a form to provide church leadership with a true picture of the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of individual congregations (1.50 per instrument, which includes processing, reports, and consultation within the church.) First United Methodist in Lawrence is associated with their parish nursing program.
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.
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.
- Social Work Guiding Principles, p. 8
- Biopsychosocial-spiritual Perspective, p. 9
- Case Management, p. 10
- Health Care Settings, p. 12
- Standard 3. Cultural Competence
- Standard 5. Knowledge
- Standard 6. Assessment
- Standard 7. Intervention and Treatment Planning