Spirituality and religion are fundamental to all human cultures. Yet in the helping professions, whose shared objective is to promote human well being, questions of spirituality have often been avoided.

Now we are increasingly realising that scientific materialism and individuality have failed to meet enduring human needs for meaning and connection. Evidence mounts for the importance of spirituality for prevention and intervention in times of crisis, distress and illness. Many professionals find themselves ill-prepared to respond to the spiritual needs of their clients, and to negotiate encounters with people from unfamiliar faith traditions.

Spirited Practices shows how it is possible for professionals to think critically, and be open to spirituality at the same time. Professionals and teachers from diverse faiths and fields of work, including social work, health, psychology and ministry explain how they have integrated spirituality into their work.

Spirited Practices is inspiring reading for anyone in the helping professions seeking to develop a spiritually aware practice.

'It invites us to look honestly at ourselves and our own practices through learning about those from other professional and faith backgrounds.'

Richard Hugman, Professor of Social Work, University of NSW

'A much needed forum for practitioners from diverse professional and spiritual backgrounds to address the challenges and rewards of spiritually-sensitive practice.'

Leola Dyrud Furman, Associate Professor Emeritus of Social Work, University of North Dakota

part |29 pages


chapter 1|6 pages


ByVeronica Brady

chapter 2|7 pages

Helping practices within a strongly defined faith tradition

ByWeis Schuiringa

chapter 3|7 pages

Spirituality and displaced persons

ByLyn Bender

chapter 4|7 pages


ByDorothy McRae-McMahon

part |38 pages


chapter 5|10 pages

Healing in Hinduism

ByShanti Raman

chapter 6|8 pages

Aboriginal healing Dreaming and Western medicine

ByEsmé Holmes, Hilary Byrne-Armstrong

chapter 7|8 pages


ByJoseph Daniel Toltz

chapter 8|10 pages

Mental health and young people

ByMichael Dudley, Dorothy McRae-McMahon

part |31 pages

Loss and Death

chapter 9|10 pages

Loss and death in Islam

ByNooria Mehraby

chapter 10|11 pages

Working with children

ByMargaret Crompton

chapter 11|8 pages

Buddhism, mental illness and loss

ByGiles Barton

part |32 pages


chapter 12|10 pages

Working against domestic violence

ByKaren Wilcox

chapter 13|11 pages


ByDarri Adamson

chapter 14|9 pages

Islamic faith-based counselling

ByHanan Dover

part |18 pages


chapter 15|7 pages

A hidden dimension of Indigenous health

ByYvonne Orley

chapter 16|9 pages

Social work group practice

ByDiana Coholic

part |36 pages

Cycle of hopelessness/hope

chapter 17|12 pages

A spiritual and political practice for reconciliation

ByJulie Foster Smith, Hilary Byrne-Armstrong

chapter 18|6 pages

Engaging the client through connecting

ByElizabeth Benson-Stott, James Stott

chapter 19|7 pages

Socially engaged Buddhism

BySubhana Barzaghi, Gillian Coote

chapter 20|9 pages

Wiccan spiritual practice

ByDouglas Ezzy

part |33 pages


chapter 21|11 pages

Rituals as a support for the life journey

ByDorothy McRae-McMahon

chapter 22|5 pages


ByLorraine Rose

chapter 23|10 pages

Buddhist and Christian paths to healing

ByMichael Wearing

chapter 24|5 pages

Working with prisoners

ByMark Carroll

part |9 pages


chapter 25|7 pages


ByJoanna Macy