39 / SOCIAL WORK AND SPIRITUALITY


12 – 18 June 2016   print this page

Course directors:

Sabina Hadžibulić, Abo Akademi University, Vaasa, Serbia
Ksenija Napan, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
Jörg Zeller, University of Aalborg, Denmark
Lennart Nörreklit, University of Aalborg, Denmark


Course description:

The purpose and meaning of spirituality in human lives and its manifestations in praxis of social work

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 community. 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 spirituality and working with people.

Course directors (alphabetically):

Sabina Hadžibulić, Belgrade, Serbia

KsenijaNapan, Massey University, New Zealand

Lennart Nörreklit, University of Aalborg, Denmark

Jörg Zeller, University of Aalborg, Denmark

2016 Organising director:

KsenijaNapan, Massey University, New Zealand

E-mail: K.Napan@massey.ac.nz or ksenijanapan@gmail.com

We will inquire into the spirit of social work and ways of awakening the internal motivation of individuals, groups and communities in order to bring forth the world. This year’s symposium will focus on the purpose and meaning of spirituality in human lives and its manifestations in the praxis of social work. Participants will bring a 20-minute engaging presentation or activity encompassing their personal, professional and political view of the topic and these will be peer and self-reflected on, debated and discussed.

Participants will have an opportunity to dialogue about religion, politics, money, sex, spirituality and other taboo themes in a safe, respectful and appreciative environment. Each presentation will be a starting point for a publication in the Dialogue in Praxis journal.

The symposium will be offered as an academic co-creative inquiry, which means that it will be co-created with participants as equals. Everybody will have a chance to participate in terms of the process and the content of the course. On the first day, we will co-create the individual and group intentions for the week, which usually cover personal, professional and political aspects. We will go on a spiritually relevant field trip and full attendance is required.