chapter  3
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ByMary P. Van Hook

A walk in the woods, a time for meditation, a prayer, candles lit in memory or celebration, a time listening to music, a moment of silence, a personal journal, a sweat lodge ceremony, a view of a sunset, the sacrament of reconciliation-spirituality assumes many external forms in the lives of people. Social workers and other helping professionals are increasingly recognizing the value of including spirituality and the related concept of religion as part of a holistic approach to understanding and working with people (ben Asher, 2001; Canda & Furman, 1999; Cascio, 1998; Dossey & Dossey, 1998; Jacobs, 1997; Koenig, 1999; Van Hook, Hugen, & Aguilar, 2001).