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Spirituality and Social Work Practice in Palliative Care

Dona J. Reese

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739110
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199975143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0019
Spirituality and Social Work Practice in Palliative Care

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This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Spirituality is the most important way of coping for many patients, families, and their intimate network.

Confrontation with a life-threatening illness can spur spiritual growth in patients, families, their intimate network, and the staff who work with them.

Palliative social workers have an important role in addressing spirituality with clients.

Spirituality can be defined in two dimensions: (1) philosophy of life, which is an intellectual dimension that includes philosophical, religious, nonreligious, and existential perspectives; and (2) unity consciousness, which is an experiential dimension that includes direct spiritual experience.

Transpersonal social work, Jungian theory, the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of care, along with deep ecology, can provide frameworks for interventions.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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