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Spiritual Assessment in Social Work and Mental Health Practice


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Introduction 1. Understanding Spirituality and Religion 2. Rationales for Conducting a Spiritual Assessment 3. Brief Assessment 4. Guidelines for Moving to a Comprehensive Spiritual Assessment 5. Comprehensive Assessment and Spiritual Histories 6. Spiritual Lifemaps 7. Spiritual Genograms 8. Spiritual Eco-maps 9. Spiritual Ecograms 10. Implicit Spiritual Assessment 11. Conducting Spiritual Assessments 12. Summary of Key Points and Future Directions References Index

About the Author

David R. Hodge, Ph.D., MSW, is a professor at Arizona State University's School of Social Work. He also holds nonresident appointments at Duke University, Baylor University, and the University of Pennsylvania. An internationally recognized scholar of spirituality, religion, and culture, Hodge has written extensively on spiritual assessment and intervention with diverse groups.


Spiritual Assessment in Social Work and Mental Health Practice is a unique and indispensable resource for all helping professionals who are committed to holistic, strengths-oriented, ethical, and competent practice, regardless of their personal spiritual or religious beliefs. The book is evidence-based and scholarly, clearly written and trans-disciplinary, and client-focused and practical. -- David Sherwood, editor in chief, Social Work & Christianity Spiritual Assessment in Social Work and Mental Health Practice provides a clear rationale for incorporating spiritual assessment in clinical practice and describes a variety of assessment processes-including brief and comprehensive methods, explicit and implicit approaches, and verbal and diagrammatic tools. As such, the text represents an important step forward in the development of spiritually sensitive practice in social work and related fields and an invaluable resource for practitioners and educators alike. -- Michael J. Sheridan, director, Center for Spirituality and Social Work This text is a great synthesis of the author's many years of study and numerous articles researching the topic of spiritual assessment... An excellent textbook for both social work students and practitioners... Authoritative and practical... Journal of Teaching in Social Work

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