Education & Training

The CSWE Religion and Spirituality Clearinghouse was developed 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. Given the pervasiveness of religion and spirituality throughout people's lives and cultures, social workers need to understand religion and spirituality to develop a holistic view of the person in environment and to support the professional mission of promoting satisfaction of basic needs, well-being, and justice for all individuals and communities around the world. This Clearinghouse provides access to educational resources for use in social work education. Professor Edward Canda is co-editor of the Clearinghouse, along with Professor Michael Sherr.

Canda, E.R. (2009). Recommendations for Addressing Spiritual Diversity Throughout the Social Work Curriculum (pdf)

Canda, E. R. (2013). Human needs: Religion and spirituality (update). In C. Franklin et al. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social work (e-reference edition). Oxford University Press.





Gomi, S. & Canda, E.R. (2014). Teaching Resource on Spirituality and Mental Health Recovery: Insights From the Art and Words of Consumers of Mental Health Services. (pdf) 

Canda, E. R. (2016). Insights from Zen for Teaching about Spiritual Development and Cultural Diversity: Zen Oxherding Pictures. Presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Seoul, South Korea.

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