Adolescent Heart & Soul: Achieving Spiritual Competence in Youth-Serving Agencies

Adolescent Heart & Soul: Achieving Spiritual Competence in Youth-Serving Agencies. (2005). Melanie Wilson, with Cindy Carraway-Wilson and Nancy Jackson. 56 pp.

In this first-ever study of spiritual programming in youth-service agencies, Youth Catalytics (then NEN) describes how spirituality programs – both secular and religious – look at agencies that do them well. These ‘spiritually competent’ agencies recognize spirituality as an important component of a holistic therapeutic approach, and deliver their spiritual programs in conformance with widely accepted standards of clinical care and the principles of youth development. This report is indispensable for social service professionals interesting in incorporating spiritual activities into their own practice with young people.

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