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Chapter 10 Payne book

I enjoyed reading chapter 10 of Payne (2014), the perspective of humanism, of existentialism and spirituality are approached by the author, highlighting their importance through the values of social work, which have a humanist and spiritual nature. The symbolic interaction and the phenomenological ideas, provide a basis for understanding human beings, more flexible, less deterministic and less subjected to the judgment (p.270). The perspective of humanism, of existentialism and spirituality is important as “social work values are humanist and spiritual. Thus, ideas of treating people as a whole and as being in interaction with their environment and seeing client at the center of what workers are doing all fit well with the center principles of social work” (p.273) Patricia (1994) suggests that, to understand the spiritual perspective, we must be willing to reverse our usual way of thinking and looking, which is linear and externally focused. We must look beyond what is easily counted and accounted for and examine what does not fit into our categories and conceptions of the world. (p.181). Question: What are the challenges of implementing humanistic values, theories and practices in Social Work? References: Patricia, S. (1994). Our Clients, Ourselves: The Spiritual Perspective and Social Work Practice, Journal of National Association of Social Workers, 4(1), 170-182. Payne, M. (2014). Modern social work theory (4th ed). Chicago: Lyceum Books, Inc.

Hi Trish, thanks for sharing the journal article. it was interesting to read. I liked the way this article explores the association between and among humanism, feminism, multiculturalism, and social justice in counseling, education, and advocacy. The suggestions outlined by author for future integrative work in these areas were very helpful.

Hi Sarah, Thanks for sharing this article, I liked the way author shared his thoughts about spirituality in social work practice. It was interesting to see that the author started it with a biblical tale that illustrated the spiritual origins of the therapeutic practice, and then described the historical relationship of spirituality and social work. I was impressed as the author described his own relationship to spirituality as a person, professor and clinical social work practitioner, and then presented some of the social work practice principles and issues that derived from spirituality. Themes that emerge included mindfulness, gratitude, forgiveness, radical acceptance, hitting bottom, redemption and surrendering the ego to a higher power. Over all, it is an insightful article where the author explores how some of these themes relate to familiar psychodynamic concepts, and discusses the implications for clinical practice.