Social Work Practice with Arab Families: The Implications of Spirituality vis-à-vis Islam

Ronald E. Hall

Abstract


In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, spiritualism has become apparent
as critical to social work practice with Arab families. Regrettably, research on Arab
families today is all but non-existent.Their belief in Islam is the fastest growing form
of spirituality in Central Asia. Social workers who do not acknowledge this fact will
be at a severe disadvantage in their attempts to treat Arab clientele. It is not compulsory that practitioners endorse client belief systems or other aspects of their spirituality, but practitioners should acknowledge said systems as a critical point in the
client’s frame of reference. In the interest of social justice, social workers are thus
challenged to develop creative treatment strategies less confined to Western bias.

Keywords


Spirituality; Islam; social work; families; Arab

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