Where is Spirituality in Social Work?


This article is a critical analysis of the existing literature on spirituality in the profession of social work. The NASW Code of Ethics (2003) and CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (2008) acknowledge the importance of spiritual values and practices for the positive functioning of people. This analysis of the literature offers a forum for dialogue about the role of spirituality in social work education and practice. Greater understanding of spirituality and its value to diverse people in society is necessary for social workers to practice cultural competence social work. There are key approaches to education and practice that may hold much promise for enhancing social work’s commitment to a holistic understanding of the human condition, respect for diversity, and competent and ethical social service.



Perspectives on Social Work, Tamika C. Baldwin, Janet N. Vaughn, Candace Cotton, Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi, Spirituality, Religiosity, Cultural Competence, Spiritually Sensitive Social Work, Perspectives on Social Work, Spirituality, Religiosity, Cultural competency, Spiritually Sensitive Social Work