The Spiritual Dimension Of Person And Environment

887 WordsFeb 3, 20154 Pages
The Spiritual Dimension of person and environment: Perspectives from Social Work and Traditional Knowledge is a passage published in the International Social Work Journal written by Michael K. Zapf, professor of Social Work at the University of Calgary. In this particular article, Michael Zapf, discuses how important a spiritual perspective is within the field of Social Work. To begin with, he describes the concept of spirituality in social work, with a little bit of history lesson. Then he provides an example of how it could look from Aboriginal social work, and directions of how professionals can incorporate it. All throughout history spirituality and religion has been frowned upon within the field of secular social work. The biggest factor for this was the separation of church and state. Unless mentioned by the client, Social Workers have never really been allowed to discuss the topic of religion. Even when the client brought it up, however, it tended to be ignored. Zapf, however, states that in recent literature there has been “a renewed interest in spirituality and social work” (Zapf). He continues that this view is due to “ ‘a longing for profound and meaningful connections to each other, to ourselves, and to something greater than ourselves’ that has arisen because the western mindset of individualism and materialism has ruined the environment and destroyed community. He sees evidence of ‘growing spiritual longing’ in social work practitioners, in clients and in
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