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Social care 

Social care
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Social care
Author(s):

Holly Nelson-Becker

and Mary Pat Sullivan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199571390.003.0055
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date: 17 October 2017

Spirituality is drawing increasing attention as an important aspect of social discourse. This chapter discusses the role of spirituality in social care from a professional practice perspective. We address the scope of spirituality in social care, spiritual care policy, educational and training models, spiritual leadership in organizations, ethical dimensions of practice, and evaluation and outcomes of spirituality in social care. Finally, we provide recommendations for best practices. We have integrated policies and education models of care principally from the UK and the USA. This is not because spiritual social care is not being addressed in Europe and third world countries, but rather that some of this is not yet accessible and a multinational comparison would be beyond the reach of this chapter.

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