The Future of Spirituality in Social Work: The Farther Reaches of Human Nurture

  • Edward R. Canda
Keywords: Spirituality, religion, diversity, transpersonal, history, future


This essay discusses the development of the social work profession in relation to the subject of spirituality and proposes future possibilities and recommendations for innovation. It presents historical trends within four phases leading to the present and beyond. Current trends indicate rapidly increasing quantities of publications and other professional activities about spirituality within a pattern of an ever farther reaching integrative approach that encompasses diverse religious and nonreligious perspectives, academic disciplines, international collaborations, and humanity’s relationship with the Earth.