Social Work and Spirituality: Long Lost Friends?

The Division of Social Work at Brunel University London is delighted to host the UK Malayali Social Workers’ Forum for its annual meeting which will take place on Saturday 16 June. The key note lecture for the meeting “Spiritual identity and mindfulness in social work practice: Building holistic relationships” will be delivered by Professor Holly Nelson-Becker, Head of the Social Work Division at Brunel University London. This lecture will be open to students, staff and wider public.


10.00           Arrival & Registration

10.30           Welcome & Introduction
                    Facilitator: Dr Yohai Hokak
                    Lecturer in Social Work, Brunel University London

10.45           Key Note Address:
                    Spiritual identity and mindfulness in social work practice: Building holistic relationships
                    Professor Holly Nelson-Becker, Social Work Division Lead, Brunel University London

11.45           Coffee break

12.00           Group Discussion

12.45           Lunch break

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13.30           Annual General Meeting (UKMSW Members only)

14.30           Election of New Office Bearers (UKMSW Members only)

15.00           Break

15.15           Planning for the Future (UKMSW Members only)

16.00           Conclusion

Spiritual identity and mindfulness in social work practice: Building holistic relationships

Spiritual identity is an important aspect of life for many individuals yet is often ignored in professional practice with service users. This presentation will discuss the current spiritual and religious climate including definitions, ethical guidelines for hosting spiritual conversations, and mindfulness and spiritual care in the midst of life challenges. Workshop participants will be invited to explore their own understanding of these areas through meditation and interactive engagement.

Professor Holly Nelson-Becker, PhD, LCSW, HCPC-registered, is Social Work Division Lead at Brunel University London. She is a Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work. She obtained her PhD from the University of Chicago and an MSW from Arizona State University. She helped create national standards for spiritual care on the project, Improving Spiritual Care in Palliative Care. She was awarded Fellowship status in the Gerontological Society of America in 2013. Prof. Nelson-Becker has a recent acclaimed book, Spirituality, Religion, and Aging: Illuminations for Therapeutic Practice (SAGE press, 2018) and over 52 academic publications.

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