Title

Developing Spiritual Competency With Native Americans: Promoting Wellness Through Balance and Harmony

Keywords

spiritual competency, balance, Native Americans, Social Work

Abstract

Native Americans tend to hold culturally unique beliefs about the origin of problems and the ways in which those problems can be ameliorated. For most Native American tribal communities, spirituality is interconnected with health and well-being. Accordingly, developing some degree of spiritual competency is essential for work with Native American clients. Consequently, this paper discusses the relationship between spirituality and health, highlighting the roles that balance and harmony play in fostering health and well-being in many tribal cultures. Also discussed are common spiritual beliefs and practices, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, areas of potential value conflict, and practice suggestions to enhance spiritual competency when working with Native Americans.

Original Publication Citation

Limb, G., & Hodge, D. (2008). Developing spiritual competency with Native Americans: Promoting wellness through balance and harmony. Families in Society, 89(4), 615-622.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2008-10

Publisher

Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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