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Welcome to my website. This site is intended to share with you information about the profession of social work and my own progress as a social work practitioner, teacher, and researcher.

I hope you enjoy my work.

Presentations ~

It was a great experience participating in the Council on Social Work Education 63rd Annual Program Meeting on October 19-22, 2017 in Dallas, TX. There I presented “Teaching Students to be Spiritually Sensitive: Learning from a Spirituality Course Evaluation” as an eposter. Here are the references.

My presentation at the 2017 Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network General Assembly on February 19-21, 2017 was in Scottsdale, AZ. There I presented “An Introduction to Spiritually Sensitive Hospice Social Work.”

I  also provided a webinar that was recorded by the North American Association of Christians in Social Work called “Therapeutic Relationship as a Spiritual Resource.” My article on “Relational Spirituality” in Social Work Today addresses some of that content.

My next presentation will be at the European Conference on Religion, Spirituality, and Health May 17-19, 2018 in Coventry, England. I will be presenting a poster on “Relational Spirituality: An Opportunity for Social Work in Long-Term Care.”

Publications ~

You may also be interested in my book“Spirituality and Hospice Social Work” published by Columbia University Press. This book is the product of my experience and research on the subject. The article Key Concepts in Spiritual Care for Hospice Social Workers: How an Interdisciplinary Perspective Can Inform Spiritual Competenceprovides a topical overview, but the book focuses on spiritually sensitive hospice social work.

Contact Me  ~

My research addresses how spiritually sensitive social work applies to hospice, palliative, and long-term care. Please contact me at 865-383-7006 or if you have any questions or ideas to share.

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My Inspiration

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain: If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. 

Emily Dickenson

Disclaimer: This is my personal site and the contents do not represent the opinions of my employer.