mortality, the meaning and purpose of life, and whether a greater power exists, farfetched from the spiritual search experiences faced by terminally ill patients, functioning and adjustment to illness. 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. Nigerian celebrities to Buhari’s government: Emerging research on religion, spirituality, health, and mental health has begun to catch the attention of helping professionals. The purpose of the podcast is to present useful information in a user-friendly format. Check to see if the most recent Social Work Podcast RSS is a valid feed: Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Interview with Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D. https://www.baylor.edu/social_work/index.php?id=868788, Nancy Boyd-Franklin in episode 59 about incorporating religion and spirituality into social work practice with African Americans, I spoke with author Eileen Flanagan in Episode 61 about the Serenity prayer, http://www.socialworkpodcast.com/2020/08/Oxhandler.html, http://survey.podtrac.com/start-survey.aspx?pubid=Iqglf8oKcaQi&ver=standard, @Health.com Weekly Mental Health Newsletter, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, The New Center for Advanced Psychotherapy Studies (commercial site), Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. • Cultural humility, cultural safety, and beyond: new understandings and implications for social work. As, you know, she's the wife of a Bishop, and she runs a mental health clinic, and she's been very outspoken about how it is important to distinguish the doctrine that people write versus God’s word, right, and I thought that, for me, was a very powerful distinction and it was helpful thinking about, where do you stand on these things that I know that are important for my client and having that distinction in mind was really helpful. I remember that and how much that shift of moving to the South - what that looks like and specifically, for me, it was when I was a - shortly after I had moved to Texas, I think within the first handful of years, I'd finished my undergrad, I was working with older adults with anxiety and depression and that really was kind of the first point of entry for me to be thinking about this area in clients’ lives because I had so many older adults who when we would talk about coping statements through their anxiety and their depression, a lot of their coping statements involved their faith, whatever that faith may be, but I was taught during my training while I was doing this work that you don't talk about this area of clients’ lives, like exactly what you were saying, like just don't go there. At root there is a metaphysical fault at the heart of our reasoning. influenced approaches, which are usually fulfilling majorly for older adults. 14:20 Holly Oxhandler: Well, look at that! 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 … How can they hold, and expand their ability to hold, what they believe in alongside what their clients believe in? Zapf, M.K. Traditional knowledge systems offer an alternative perspective on the spiritual connections between person and place and the energies associated with particular locations. Furman et al (2008). can do to take care of the psycho-social needs of refugees and internally displaced persons in Nigeria. The spiritual is not irrational but much of, Since Herbert Grundmann’s 1935 Religious Movements in the Middle Ages, interest in the Beguines has grown significantly. • Ethical issues in conducting research on religion and spirituality. or spiritual beliefs as they relate to their case. You know, in the sense that we do not have to necessarily experience something in order to have empathy or to connect with someone and to hold space for their experience, that is so true. Some clients are expressing a desire for their health and mental health practitioners to initiate discussion of their religious The ISSN of Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work journal is 15426440, 15426432. Issues of religion, spirituality and social work have, until very recently, received relatively little attention from British social work educators and at times appear to be actively avoided by most of the profession (Crompton, 1996; Furness, 2003; Gilligan, 2003; Furman et al., 2004). Some such contrasts are, of course, to be expected, given the … the principal component analysis (PCA) with orthogonal rotation. So, yeah, spirituality would be that umbrella term. But while spirituality has been present in social work in some form since the beginning, within social work education it’s been neglected.” it is non‐rational and it is important to acknowledge this. In, practitioners should acknowledge that spirituality and religion, terminally ill patients to die peacefully, and where, Perception and attitudes to end of life planning and implications for social, values: Implications for social work practice in Nigeria. The focus is really on our clients and what they believe in and what they're experiencing. 16:02 Holly Oxhandler: Yeah, that’s good. So, the biopsychosocial spiritual assessment - so it says spiritual, but you made this really clear distinction in the beginning between religion and spirituality, and so is there an expectation from the Council on Social Work Education or NASW that we're focusing on the spiritual but not the religious? The project also is aimed at showcasing what social workers, This article offers an historical commentary on Jacques Derrida’s influential essay ‘Force of Law’, seeking to situate Derrida’s deconstruction of law and jurisprudence within an intellectual history of 1960s humanities theory. An International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is a unique code of 8 digits. Can you talk a little bit more about, sort of, this intersection of mental health and religion and spirituality and like, what does that look like in social work practice? And I think that's an okay start, but I have kind of been a little bit more vocal about pushing back against that because what we know is that a lot of folks may say, well I, you know, I grew up Catholic, nothing's really changed, like, but I don't practice that, right and so, you know, that doesn't give us a lot of information about that person’s spirituality or their faith so a better question might be to ask, “Is your faith or your spirituality important to you, and does it connect with the work that we will be doing together?” or “How does it connect with the work that we're going to be doing together?” or “Do you want to talk about it as we embark on the work that we're going to be doing together?”, 17:02 Jonathan Singer: Those are so powerful because immediately my gut is, well, I'm not sure if I would be prepared to talk about, like, if they're like, “Yes, I absolutely do. That has - we've seen that over and over again in the studies that that just continually shows up as being the top predictor, and not just in social work, but in other helping professions, too. Sophia’s influence ranged far beyond the narrower confines of literature and eventually provoked one of the most fascinating debates within the modern émigré Russian Orthodox Church through the offices of Sergej Bulakov, an apparent student of Solovev’s Sophiology. Dr. Oxhandler’s research focuses on the ethical and effective integration of clients’ religion, spirituality in mental and behavioral health treatment, and she's received funding from the John Templeton Foundation and Spencer Foundation. She studies the intersection of ethical and effective integration of clients’ religion/spirituality (RS) with the evidence-based practice process in mental and behavioral health treatment. 15:25 Holly Oxhandler: Yes, absolutely. quarterly Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work (Haworth Press, 2001-present). In the beginning, shabbat was an excuse for us to show Irv our first born - his great-granddaughter. Journals: ISSN: 15426440, 15426432: Coverage: 2004-2020: Scope: In the Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought , scholars, researchers, and practitioners examine issues of social justice and religion as they relate to the development of policy and delivery of social services. Provides information on all things social work, including direct practice (both clinical and community organizing), research, policy, education... and everything in between. The 1950’s and 1960’s exhibited a spiritual shift 17:31 Holly Oxhandler: Yeah, well and I would say you would not be alone in that, Jonathan, like I would say, seriously, we have seen that in some of the data that we've collected that only about 1 in 10 social work practitioners, clinical social workers, had taken a course on this in their graduate training, and we see that less than half have received any kind of continuing education. Social workers are the most represented group among personnel providing That's something that we as a profession have, you know, we've grown in a lot of ways over the years, but we do still have some work ahead of us that we get to do. • (Re)building bridges in and with family and community. practices such as meditation, prayer and contemplation. But it's just been, I mean, it's really just been a delight to get to be on it and to connect with so many folks who are doing such good work. In 1990, he founded the Society for Spirituality and Social Work. Viewing spirituality in social work through the lens of. 43:55 Jonathan Singer: Yeah, of course. In addition, the findings from previous studies examining social workers' integration of clients' RS are compared Rumun, A.J. Nevertheless, the first form of psychiatric care in Western Europe and the US was known as 'moral treatment', in which religion played a significant role. But, you made a great point before that yes, what we believe in could be very different from our clients, or, you know, we also have to be -  so let me first say that yes, we could have one social worker who identifies as one faith tradition and the client identifies with a different one and it could be very different, but I also want to note that there could be ways in which they are very similar. Holly K. Oxhandler joined Baylor University’s Garland School of Social Work in 2014 upon completing her PhD at the University of Houston. • Diagnosis: religious/spiritual experience or mental illness? Genre/Form: Electronic journals Periodicals: Additional Physical Format: Journal of religion & spirituality in social work (DLC) 2002213889 (OCoLC)51099691 Under her various aliases as the Divine Feminine, the Wisdom Clothed in the Sun and the Beautiful Lady, this feminine archetype usurped the traditional role of Christ as the. But, of course, it also involves the practitioner and what they believe in because we can't check that at the door, but we need to be mindful of what those are and how they are connected to the work that we're doing and then certainly we have to be mindful of the role of religion and spirituality within our practice setting and the type of work that we're doing. Influence of religious beliefs on healthcare practice. And, we do need to be clear and I hope as I'm talking it's clear that in no way am I a proponent of social workers necessarily having a specific faith tradition or having a faith tradition period. captured in George and Amusan (n.d.) who asserted, with positive health outcomes such as longer survival of ageing persons (Helm, Relationship between religion and spirituality, man experiences spirituality (Nmah, n.d.). My conviction is that the Beguines are one manifestation of an impulse found throughout Christian history to live a form of life that resembles Christian monasticism without founding institutions of religious, At the turn of the century an intimate alliance of philosophers, poets and theologians discovered the incarnation of their aspirations for a spiritually transformed world in the symbol of Sophia, the Divine Wisdom of God. What happens after death? The roles played by religion and spirituality in our lives cannot be overemphasized. So, that's kind of what I've loved about it overall. 24:30 Holly Oxhandler: Yeah, that’s a really good question, and a complex one, too because I think this is one of those questions where I really, I don't want to make any blanket statements across the board, because this is where the gift of discernment and paying close attention to your clients’ needs and paying close attention to, you know, your perceptions, your biases, your training, and just being really careful, and so, I really want to begin with that. (2009). The study applies worldview diagnostic scale (WDS) as a classroom instrument for enhanced pedagogy for teaching on religion and spirituality in social work education. 33:01 Jonathan Singer: That’s right. Basu-Zharku, L.O. This Wittgensteinian “bewitchment of language” severely limits much attempted discussion. How to Understand Religion and Spirituality as a Social Worker. I think, kind of going back to those definitions that I had mentioned before, they are distinct, but when we really look at religion and spirituality, there are overlaps when it comes to our emotions, the ways in which we engage with the world, the ways in which we think about things, I mean there really are some overlap. Like, and how many compared to clients? This is one designed to form a privileged intellectual persona — that of the supra-civil deconstructive theorist — cultivated through the hyperbolic problematisation of positive disciplines, in this case jurisprudence. So…. highly rewarding to their members and to society as a whole. It focuses on knowledge transmission, and the encouragement of critical reflection on practice. The Social Work Podcast provides information on all things social work, including direct practice (both clinical and community organizing), research, policy, education... and everything in between. Most often, when people are confronted with several life, affected by these life circumstances would have to integrate religion and, beliefs that are abusive of human rights, and endeavour to work with the. 13:48 Jonathan Singer: Holly can you talk to us about what it looks like to integrate religion and spirituality into mental health care, and then what it means for that to improve outcomes, or what the mechanism is, or how that happens? 23:27 Holly Oxhandler: Of this sample of clinical social workers, yes, and they - it was systematically and randomly sampled across the US based on zip code, so yeah, that's what we found. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work is a peer-reviewed scientific journal. You may have a Buddhist social worker with a Christian client who both elevate the practice of meditation or mindfulness in their own traditions in their own unique ways, and at the same time, you could have a social worker and a client who both would check the same box in terms of their religious affiliation, but be on completely different spectrums on various practices or issues or things like that, so I just want to note that before I mention anything else. • In governmental social service agencies, social workers are often fearful of bringing religion and faith into the helping process, even if clients mention their faith orientation, because of concern of the separation of church and state. I appreciate you and all the good work that you are doing with this podcast, with the Association, and with just so many of us. So, I would ask them to pay a little bit closer attention to that within their own lives as well. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought: Vol. The knowledge base of western social work is attempting to incorporate spirituality as another aspect of the individual client to consider for assessment or therapeutic purposes. There's a lot of topics and areas in our profession where we don't get specific training in, but we're really still called to pay attention to these diverse areas of our clients’ lives, and so, and especially knowing that about 80% of U.S. adults say that their religion is at least somewhat or very important to them, we cannot avoid this topic, and we know that clients say that they want the therapist to be the one to bring it up because of it being taboo, so I want to start by asking social workers to just not be afraid, but to read about this, perhaps, before jumping right into it, like maybe read some books. you need to check it out, you know, check out CXMH” and a year later I was like, “Hey ya’ll, I'm the new cohost!” So anyways, it was so fun yeah so, I love this podcast, this opportunity to get to talk with mental health care providers, faith leaders, researchers, those who experience mental health struggles, and just have these conversations. & Breitbart, W. (2003). 32:06 Jonathan Singer: I want to pivot a little bit because I - and I know that you've done a ton of research on all of this and so we could go down the rabbit hole in terms of research studies, but I actually don't want to do that because, you know, I mean, as a researcher, there are some things that I find exciting but I know that not everyone does, and you've actually - because I know your research, I know that you've actually been speaking from your research and so I think that that's great, you know, everybody can read the research, but you're also a podcaster and you are the cohost with Robert Vore with the Christianity and Mental Health podcast. Social Work and Divinity examines the potential of integrating the disciplines of social work with divinity to achieve positive results in practice while answering spiritual concerns. And, of course, we know that continuing education can look so different, you know, in each different, you know, it could have the same title but it's, you know, the content is going to be different no matter what. 06:54 Jonathan Singer: So, what are some of the ways that we think about religion and spirituality showing up in social work? Le travail social occidental centré sur le savoir en Occident essaie d'inclure la spiritualité comme dimension supplémentaire à prendre en considération lors de l'évaluation du client ou du choix des objectifs thérapeutiques. (M.Sc Thesis), Faculty of the Graduate School, The University. The teachings of Freud and others during the early twentieth century concerning the neurotic influences of religion have had an enormous impact on the field, nullifying the quite favorable views toward religion held by nineteenth century psychiatrists. WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. 43:51 Holly Oxhandler: Thank you, thank you for noting that; I appreciate it. I think especially when there are, like, spiritual struggles that really do require theological training or some form of faith-based training regardless of the faith tradition. A. Olutayo, O. O. Omotolu, B. E. Owumi (Eds. All rights reserved. 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. Social Work and Divinity (Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work Monographic Book 24) - Kindle edition by Lee, Daniel, O'Gorman, Robert, Ahearn Jr, Frederick L. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. Yet we have struggled whether to call Beguines “religious” or not. It does so by approaching deconstruction as symptomatic of the periodic resurgence of European university metaphysics, mediated here by Derrida’s redeployment of Husserl’s, Spirituality is, of logical necessity, nonsense to the positivist and meaningless to the post‐modernist. Because of her exceptional mentors, Dr. Oxhandler deeply enjoys paying it forward by mentoring students outside the classroom with regard to professional development and supporting faculty in her role as associate dean for Research and Faculty Development. Right? Regularly adjust behavior to the behavior of the group. But honestly, what I have loved so much about it is that I really do see how it aligns with some of my work with advocacy by disseminating research and making it accessible in a way that anyone can understand because we know that there are struggles with accessing academic journal articles, being able to understand them, and all these things, but I really do love how this podcast ends up being a space for some of that research to be translated and made applicable for faith leaders, mental health care providers, and clients or those who love someone with a mental illness. Having presented something of the persistent past of the Beguine Option, I will then present an introduction to forms of life exhibited in many of the expressions of what some have called “new monasticism” today, highlighting the similarities between movements in the past and new monastic movements in the present. So, if you're doing a biopsychosocial spiritual then it's okay to ask about religion and spirituality, okay. My wife would call him, first over Skype and then with Facetime. (2014). So, you know, we really do want to make sure that we are practicing within our training, our competence, but this also fits in within cultural humility and just being able to hold that space to say, “Okay, well, what is it that you believe, and how does that tie in with the work that we're doing, if at all?” Whether it ties in in a positive way where it's a mechanism of which you lean on in order to cope with what you're navigating, or if it is somewhere, you know, one area of your life that there's a lot of pain that we need to be talking about and unpacking, too. religion, which is representative through fellowships and gatherings. It's not as talked about; it just wasn't discussed as much. And, you know, Holly, thank you for all of your research and your scholarship over the years on this, and for being on the podcast and talking with us today about religion and spirituality and social work practice. 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. She has also developed other instruments related to this area of practice, including the RSIPAS-Client Attitudes, the Social Workers’ Integration of their Faith – Christian (SWIF-C) Scale, and most recently, the Relevance of Religion/Spirituality to Mental Health to measure clients’ perceived relevance of religion/spirituality and mental health. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t792306957 Domestic Violence Survivors: Spirituality and Social Support George A. Jacinto a; … 19:39 Holly Oxhandler: Yeah, oh I love – I love all of those questions. 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But no, it does speak to this idea that you can be a mental health provider, there's a death in your community, and if you don't know what the faith traditions are in your community, what their stances are on, say, suicide, or what the resources are, or who in the community is going to be open to coordinating with you, then that is a huge gap in your professional knowledge base, and so I appreciate you bringing that up. There's more in the research around integrating religion and spirituality into like cognitive behavioral therapy. French Like, why do people die? And I frame it that way because that's what I think of as research, right? 06:46 Holly Oxhandler: Hey Jonathan, thank you so much for having me. from http://www.cswe.org/File.aspx?id=81660. Journal of religion & spirituality in social work.. Home. And so, my next question, I know that I interrupted you, but I'm really curious about how - if you have any sort of data or information about what are, sort of, effective ways of negotiating this in practice? It's just been such an honor to have these - to share these spaces with our guests. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work | Read 301 articles with impact on ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists. Concurrently with this increased attention, there have been a number of studies about the role of religion/spirituality in social work practice, primarily involving social work practitioners or students (e.g. To be able to sit with the discomfort that may arise if a client doesn't believe the same thing you do but yet ethically you may need to still sit there and hold that space for them and to navigate that, and working with a strong supervisor to help partner with you to determine, okay, is it at a point where I need to refer out? 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