37 / SOCIAL WORK AND SPIRITUALITY


10 – 16 June 2012   print this page

Course directors:

Ana Bogdanić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ksenija Napan, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
Lennart Nörreklit, University of Aalborg, Denmark
Jörg Zeller, University of Aalborg, Denmark


Course description:

2012 Symposium: Co-creative participatory spirituality

This course seeks to expand our knowledge of the diverse philosophical, humanistic and spiritual resources which guide us in our attempt to create a more just and peaceful communities. Participants explore the spiritual, ethical, cultural and professional values which inform our thinking and direct service. The course aims to explore the meaning and relevance of spirituality in social work, explore the social and cultural constitution of spirituality by deconstructing ideas, beliefs and practices in order to enable open dialogues about the meaning and purpose of social work practice.

The 2012 Symposium will focus on co-creative participatory spirituality.The process we will use is called Academic Co-creative Inquiry and participants (students and teachers) will co-create the content and the process of the course. Some questions that we may focus on are: How beliefs impact our social work practice? What is spiritual respectfullness and how it manifests in everyday social working? What makes our heart sing? How pain and suffering can be transformed through co-creative processes into bringing forth the world? What is relational spirituality? However, as course will be co-created by all participants our inquiry qustions will be decided on the first day through collaboration and consensus.

2012 lecturers: The course will be co-created by participants and all will participate by giving presentations, creating learning processes, inquiring, exploring … the spirit of inquiry and lifelong learning will be in action. Ksenija Napan will have an introductory lecture as well as Jorg Zeller.

Course programme: The process will be highly interactive combining presentations, experiential activities, small group discussions, inquiry processes and field trips. Decisions will be made on the first day of the course on Monday, 11.6.2012. Full attendance is expected from all participants for a whole symposium.

2012 Organising director:

Ksenija Napan, Unitec, New Zealand,

Phone: 64-9-4767503

Mail: knapan@unitec.ac.nz

A SOCIAL WORK INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL Dialogue in Praxis can be found here.


Course lecturers:

Ksenija Napan, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
Jasminka Vučković - Kosanović, St Juhn of God Health Care, Melbourne, Austria
Mirjana Mikić Zeitoun, The Centre for Peace Studies, Croatia
Jelena Ivelić, Media University, Croatia
Kristina Jandrić, Association ˝Sunrise˝, Croatia
Renata Suza Mihalić, Croatia
Jörg Zeller, University of Aalborg, Denmark
David Kergel, University of Oldenburg, Germany


Work Schedule:

Monday, 11.6.

10 am: Bill Jordan: Freedom for Social Work

Afternoon: Introduction to the course by Ksenija Napan and Jorg Zeller

The teaching/learning method we will use is called Academic Co-Creative Inquiry which means that professors, lecturers and students participate equally in co-creation of our learning experience together. The method will be presented and the programme of the course will evolve through our dialogue and explorations of ideas around spirituality and social work.

Tuesday, 12.6.

Morning – Mirjana Mikić: Beyond „Identity“ We will discuss ideas around identity and spirituality and how they enact in social work practice

Afternoon: Beyond …. Thinking outside of the square or how can alternative thinking help when facing problems that are hard to solve

How beliefs impact our social work practice?

Wednesday, 13.6.

Field trip to island Mljet – dialogues on spirit of social work and how environments shape or influence our thinking, possibly visit to the monastery placed on the island Mljet.

Potential questions to explore: What is spiritual respectfullness and how it manifests in everyday social working? What makes our heart sing? How pain and suffering can be transformed through co-creative processes into bringing forth the world? What is relational spirituality?

Thursday, 14.6.

Morning: Jasminka Vučković-Kosanović - Spirituality and mental health- substance use

Topics: Links between spiritual experiences and mental health

Afternoon: Jelena Ivelić: Mental health and spiritual experiences - Altered states and spirituality, transcendence.

Friday, 15.6.2012

Morning: Researching spirituality (Jelena Ivelic)

Exploration of various research methodologies suitable for researching spirituality, cooperative inquiry, appreciative inquiry, focus groups, autoetnography ….

Afternoon:

Reflection on learning outcomes explored and achieved, peer review, recap, celebration and conclusion.

There is a possibility of mixing and mingling with participants from other courses.