Society for Spirituality and Social Work

Welcome to the Society for Spirituality and Social Work. The Society was founded in 1990, in Dr. Edward Canda's words, "in order to create connections and mutual support among social workers of many contrasting spiritual perspectives." The Society is committed to developing innovative approaches to spiritually sensitive social work practice and education.

The Society has sponsored or supported:

These events and materials are designed to promote research, develop theory, teaching, and dissemination of best practices in the field. Conferences have included paper presentations, workshops, and experiential spiritual practices designed to inform participants about a variety of worldviews and engage them in activities that deepen understanding of spiritual dimensions of life.

Dr. Edward Canda, faculty at University of Kansas School of Social Work, was the first director, followed by Dr. Robin Russel of Binghamton University. Our third director was Dr. Ann Weaver Nichols of Arizona State University School of Social Work, and our currently director is Dr. Helen Land of University of Southern California School of Social Work.

In addition to the national conferences and activities, social work educators and practitioners are encouraged to form local and regional groups affiliated with the Society. The Society for Spirituality and Social Work in the U. S. collaborates with the Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work and with the Puerto Rico Society on conferences and publications. Outreach to groups to Mexico are planned.

Activities of the Society are supported by member dues, contributions, and volunteer labor. We invite you to join if you do not yet belong, to renew your membership in the Society if you have not yet paid, and to encourage your university or agency to join, as well. Contributions beyond basic dues are appreciated. We invite you to examine the membership link on this web site. Society members will receive the quarterly Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought (Routledge Press), and reduced rates for Society conferences and activities. International members are welcome.

We hope to see you at our next conference.

Best regards,
Helen Land, Ph.D., LCSW
University of Southern California
School of Social Work
MRF, MC-0411
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411