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Salon: Next Level Spirituality for Today's Social Work Practice

Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Elizabeth Conover
Registration Questions
720-588-8375 (p)
Alexandria M Leach
Education Committee Co-Chair
CSCSW Salon Series
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"Next Level Spirituality for Today's Social Work Practice", presented by Jo Johnson, MSW

Your client is a young adult whose father died unexpectedly. They are having trouble sleeping, so you ask about this. They respond, "I see my dad standing there as I am falling asleep and it's freaking me out." In that moment, what would you say? Do or not do? We will cover 3 key areas to improve our response to the spiritual experiences of clients. First, we will look at the data / research behind 10 social trends indicating an increased frequency in spiritual experiences. Then, we will review existing tools to take a spiritual history and assess for spiritual distress with updates for today's practice. Lastly, we'll consider helpful responses that often build upon social work skills you are already using. Plus time to talk about cases! 2 CEUs.

Learning Objectives

  • Define spirituality vs religiosity and understand important current macro trends in these areas, including the growing number of people identifying a “Spiritual, But Not Religious” (SBNR)
  • Identify 10 social trends that are likely increasing the frequency of people reporting spiritual experiences (SpExs)
  • Consider their personal / professional limits in working with persons having spiritual experiences
  • Utilize expanded versions of existing tools to take a spiritual history and assess spiritual distress
  • Consider how they might integrate 8 different suggestions for working with persons having spiritual experiences on micro and mezzo levels.

About Jo
Jo Johnson uses her three decades of clinical experience to promote macro-level change. To date, she has worked on the ground in 30 states, most recently as a Visiting Fellow for the Department of Justice. Currently she is a national consultant and affiliate faculty for MSUDenver's School of Social Work. She is developing a new website, Many Right Ways, to advance trauma recovery along Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual dimensions. Jo has completed advanced training in mindfulness, meditation, reiki, breathwork and intuition.

Who Can Attend this Event?
This event is free for active CSCSW. Non-members may attend for $45. Current social work students may attend for free after submitting proof of student status (copy of valid student id, current course schedule from registrar, etc).