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Conference shares importance of spirituality in social work

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University's 5th Annual Social Work Conference was held today at ASU's Student Union.

This year's topic was spiritual diversity in social work practice.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Edward R. Canda, professor and director of the Office for Research on Spiritual Diversity in Social Work at the University of Kansas. Canda is regarded as an internationally renowned pioneer of spirituality in social work.

Along with the speaking of Dr. Canda, awards were also presented for Social Worker of the Year, Student Social Worker of the Year, Public Citizen of the Year, and Agency of the Year. A Lifetime Achievement award was also presented.

The conference focused on a comprehensive framework of values including, knowledge, skills and evidence for spiritually sensitive practice with diverse clients. It also highlighted applications of spirituality in the context of mental health practice.

"It's important for our students and others in the field to understand spirituality because it's such an important part of humanity." says Loretta Brewer, Interim Chair of Arkansas State's Department of Social Work.

This conference is held every year in the month of March, which is Social Work month, and the conference helps to honor that.

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