Should there be a greater emphasis on spirituality with regards to mental health in social work training and practice?

Smith, Toby (2011) Should there be a greater emphasis on spirituality with regards to mental health in social work training and practice? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study explores the relationship between mental health and spirituality. There is an increasing amount of evidence that suggests that spirituality can help people prevent and recover from mental ill health (NIMHE, 2003, p.2). The study examines whether spirituality has a significant role to play in twenty first century life in the UK and looks at social work addresses issues concerned with spirituality.

    Previous research suggests that spirituality is an important issue for social workers to be familiar with but that there is very little emphasis placed on it within social work training. It also indicates that spiritual interventions are rarely used in social work practice, especially in the field of mental health. The findings from this study emphasise the importance that spirituality can play in maintaining a sound mind.

    The study therefore recommends that more training on spiritual issues is provided for social work students so that they are comfortable when working alongside service users who have spiritual needs. It is also suggested that spiritual interventions can be implemented a lot more in practice, but in order for this to be successful the lack of theoretical development surrounding the issue needs to be tackled.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 09:21
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/4194

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