This exploratory study examined the influence of a personal practice of Zen Buddhist meditation on the professional work of clinical social workers. Three areas were explored with a sample of 10 clinical social workers who had practiced Zen meditation for at least 5 years: practice framework, clinical practice, and interactions within larger systems. Analysis of the data generated from semistructured interviews revealed 3 interrelated, overarching themes: awareness, acceptance, and responsibility. Implications of these findings for the practice of clinical social work are offered.
Brenner M.J., Homonoff E. (2004). Zen and clinical social work: A spiritual approach to practice. Families in Society, 85(2), 261-269.
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Brenner, Mark and Homonoff, E. (2004). Zen and clinical social work: A spiritual approach to practice. In Social Work Faculty Publications. Paper 2.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/socialwork_fac/2