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Spirituality and Transformation:
Bridging Wisdom and research for Effective Practice

The Third North American Conference
on Spirituality and Social Work
June 19-21, 2008
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, New Brunswick

The ' Third North American Conference on Spirituality and Social Work' was a joint international conference of the Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work and the Society for Spirituality and Social Work (USA), and was hosted by St. Thomas University of Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The proceedings include papers, overheads, and outlines of workshops, that have been submitted by scholars, practitioners and students who presented at the Third North American Conference on Spirituality and Social Work (2008). These proceedings provide a good representation of the variety of workshops and papers presented.

These proceedings are made available with publication support from St. Thomas University, and the social work programs at Arizona State University, King's College (University of Western Ontario), Renison College (University of Waterloo), University of British Columbia, and the University of Calgary.

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Keynote Address:

Spirituality as a Science of the Heart

Michael Higgins

Keynote Address:

Spirituality in Cross-Cultural Contexts: Implications for Practice and Research

Hilary N. Weaver

The Intersection of Liberation Theology and Empowerment Practice

James Allen

Exploring the Effects of Early Life Sexual Abuse in Later Life among Catholic Women Religious

Gary Behrman

Choisir de Prendre un Chemin qui a du Coeur

Rose Dofour

Embodied Spirituality in Therapy

Paula Foley & Leslie Ann Costello

Using prayer and Other Forms of Positive Mental Energy in Practice: Research and Guidelines for Implementation

David R. Hodge

Factors Affecting Christians’ Perceptions of Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims in the U.S.

Mary Kay Jou & Antoinette Farmer

Developing Spirituality in Adolescents: Research-informed Practice and Practice-Inspired Research

Lisa Kimball

Illness and Transformation: A Qualitative Study on Self-Perceived Post-Traumatic Growth and Spirituality in Women Living with Cancer

Laura Montgomery

Intuition: The Bay Leaf of the Therapeutic Stew

Greg Nooney

Couple Breathing/Life Breathing: A New Way of Being Together
Donald Paine

A Mind to Fight: Buddhism and Conflict Resolution

Ray Parchelo

Letting Our Stories Go: A Narrative Perspective on Spirituality in Later Life

William Randall

Re-Imagining the Myth of Demeter and Persephone: Exploration of the Constructs of Marriage and Nuclear Family

Rachel Seiler

The Use of Prayer in Social Work: Implications for Professional Practice and Education

Michael Sheridan

The Resonant Body

Anne Marie Walsh

Finding a Way with Religion and Spirituality: The Intersection of Religion, Aging and Sexual Orientation from the Perspective of Lesbian Older Adults

Wanda White