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Handbook of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice and Research


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Foundations

  3. Preventing, Healing, and Coping with Illness and End of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Sana Loue
      Pages 163-177
  4. Relationship and Community

About this book


This singular reference explores religion and spirituality as a vital, though often misconstrued, lens for building better understanding of and empathy with clients. A diverse palette of faiths and traditions is compared and contrasted (occasionally with secularism), focusing on areas of belief that may inspire, comfort, or trouble clients, including health and illness, mental illness, healing, coping, forgiveness, family, inclusion, and death. From assessment and intervention planning to conducting research, these chapters guide professionals in supporting and assisting clients without minimizing or overstating their beliefs. In addition, the book’s progression of ideas takes readers beyond the well-known concept of cultural competence to model a larger and more meaningful cultural safety.

Among the topics included in the Handbook:

  • Integrating religion and spirituality into social work practice. 
  • Cultural humility, cultural safety, and beyond: new understandings and implications for social work.
  • Healing traditions, religion/spirituality, and health.
  • Diagnosis: religious/spiritual experience or mental illness?
  • Understandings of dying, death, and mourning. 
  • (Re)building bridges in and with family and community.
  • Ethical issues in conducting research on religion and spirituality.

The Handbook of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice and Research is a richly-textured resource for social workers and mental health professionals engaged in clinical practice and/or research seeking to gain varied perspectives on how the religion and spirituality of their clients/research participants may inform their work.


Social Work Practice Religion and Spirituality Integrating Religion and Spirituality into Social Work Practice Cultural Competence Life Cycle across Faith Traditions Religion-Based Healing Traditions Religion in Mental Health Care Family Violence and Abuse in the Context of Faith and Belief Community Worship Religion and Spirituality in Research Spirituality, Religion, and Radicalization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Medicine, Department of BioethicsCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

About the authors

Dr. Loue is a Professor in the Department of Bioethics and serves as the Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity in the School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She has secondary appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Psychiatry, and Global Health and at MSASS, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Dr. Loue holds graduate degrees in law (J.D.), epidemiology (Ph.D.), medical anthropology (Ph.D.), social work (M.S.S.A.), and secondary education (M.A.). She is also ordained as an interfaith minister. Dr. Loue’s primary research focus is on HIV risk and prevention and family violence in marginalized communities, such as non-English speakers, immigrants, sexual and ethnic/racial minorities, and persons with severe mental illness. Other research interests include forensic epidemiology, severe mental illness, and ethical issues in the conduct of research with vulnerable persons. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work Practice and Research
  • Authors Sana Loue
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media LLC 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4939-7038-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-7842-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4939-7039-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 397
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Work
    Religion and Psychology
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