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Between Heaven and Earth: The Intersection of Social Work and Spirituality

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m • Oshkosh, Wis.

7.2 Continuing Education Hours

Note, this workshop has been rescheduled from its original Sept. 13 date. 

Workshop Description

Our social work roots and the expression of spirituality have always been deeply entwined. Yet, too often the relationship between these two topics gets minimal attention. Much research has been done on the importance of spirituality and faith in people’s ability to cope or create a sense of meaning and purpose in life. Some people say that they are actually not so interested in meaning, but more that they want to feel alive. Yet time pressures in our work, in addition to the search for a quick fix and the commoditization of care, has inevitably led to a reductionist approach to service, a reflection felt by consumers and providers throughout health care and social services. Participants will learn that the relationship between spirituality and social work deserves further attention and perhaps some reconstruction. This workshop will introduce a new model of thinking that supports this direction. 

This six-hour instructional workshop will demonstrate the need for a paradigm shift in our perception of our work by integrating knowledge and skills that span the test of time, from ancient wisdom through quantum physics. Through lecture, demonstration and experiential learning, participants will review their professional life, the clients they serve and engage in a deeper relationship between their spiritual aspirations and professional involvement. 

Topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Spirituality and your social work career 
  • Presentation of new and old frameworks, including Taoism, Buddhism, Carl Jung’s philosophy, Homeopathy and quantum physics. 
  • Meta-skills: Spiritual Tools for Work and Life
  • Discussion and demonstration of using these meta-skills, personally and professionally


Roberta Hanus, MSW, LCSW is a 1985 graduate of UC-Berkeley. Back in San Francisco, she was the first AIDS Social Worker at a major medical center during the early days of the epidemic. She believes that this is where she began to appreciate the importance of Social Work as a spiritual practice, although it may have actually started when she was 7 years old. For the past 22 years Roberta has been a Clinical Faculty member at the UW-Milwaukee, where she works with students and the community in the practice areas of Healthcare and Aging. Throughout this time she has also been a therapist in private practice and teacher of Process Work, an integrative model of working with others. She enjoys learning more about the burdens and blessings of being human, honoring the obstacles to a spiritual life, developing relationships with adults, children, animals and their owners, living in the four Seasons, and enjoying the benefits of biking, hiking, yoga, gardening and cooking while engaging in meditation and prayer.


Oshkosh Covention Center
1 N. Main St

Oshkosh, WI 54901


The fee for this program is $149 and includes instruction, refreshments, lunch and a certificate for 7.2 continuing education hours (CEHs)/0.6 continuing education units (CEUs)


Participants in this workshop will earn 7.2 CEHs/0.6 CEUs. In the event of late arrival and/or early departure, amended certificates indicating the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided upon calling our office.


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