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Ethics of the spirit : comparing ethical views and usages of spiritually influenced interventions

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Suzanne RiceSuzanne Rice, D McAuliffe
Social work practice takes many different forms, depending on purpose and context. An increased diversity in fields and methods of practice has driven the need to explore the intersection between acceptable standards of practice and issues pertaining to religion and spirituality. This discussion utilises the opportunity to co-report on the findings of a selection of similar questions gathered from two independent online survey studies, conducted one year apart, with members of the Australian Association of Social Workers. One study explored attitudes and behaviours about ethical conduct, and the other investigated the role of religion and spirituality in social work practice. Findings from the questions in common, about the acceptability and practice of spiritually-influenced forms of intervention, are presented. These indicate a degree of acceptance, conditional acceptance, and usage for some interventions, and clear non-acceptance and non-usage of others. Implications for ethical thinking in practice, education, and research are explored.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

62

Issue

3

Start Page

403

End Page

420

Number of Pages

18

eISSN

1447-0748

ISSN

0312-407X

Location

Melbourne, Vic

Publisher

Routledge

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian social work.