Social work practitioners' integration of clients' religion and spirituality in practice: a literature review.

  title={Social work practitioners' integration of clients' religion and spirituality in practice: a literature review.},
  author={Holly K. Oxhandler and Kenneth I. Pargament},
  journal={Social work},
  volume={59 3},
Emerging research on religion, spirituality, health, and mental health has begun to catch the attention of helping professionals. Some clients are expressing a desire for their health and mental health practitioners to initiate discussion of their religious or spiritual beliefs as they relate to their case. Social workers are the most represented group among personnel providing mental health services, so it is important to understand their attitudes, views, and behaviors regarding integrating… 

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  • H. Al-Ma'Seb
  • Psychology
    Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought
  • 2019
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