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Existential social work and the quest for existential meaning and well-being: A conceptual framework
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology. Department of Behavioral and Social Work, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, ISSN 1542-6432, 1-13 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to conceptualize "existential social work." A greater understanding of what existential social work means may enable social workers and those studying social work to see how its practice can reveal "the truth" about human existence and how they, as professionals, can enhance existential meaning and existential well-being among their clients. In such work, existential social workers have at their disposal tools such as the Frankl therapeutic approach to existential analysis (i.e., logotherapy) as well as spiritual-sensitive modalities (prayer and mindfulness). To interpret and understand apparent phenomena in the therapy is the ultimate goal with existential social work practices, thus providing clients with the opportunity to discover the meaning that exists in themselves. In addition, these practices pave the way for existential well-being. © 2017 Taylor & Francis

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Routledge , 2017. 1-13 p.
Keyword [en]
conceptual framework; human; human experiment; logotherapy; mindfulness; religion; social work practice; wellbeing
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Social Work
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Social work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11911DOI: 10.1080/15426432.2017.1382428Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85031927224OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11911DiVA: diva2:1166159
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Published online: 23 Oct 2017

Available from: 2017-12-14 Created: 2017-12-14 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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