Ann M. Callahan, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor in the Social Work Program at Eastern Kentucky University. She has a license in clinical social work and over 20 years of social work related experience. Dr. Callahan has extensive experience in teaching across the curriculum with a commitment to quality course design and online education. Her research focuses on advancing hospice, palliative, and long-term care through spiritually sensitive social work. This has resulted in numerous presentations and publications, including the book "Spirituality and Hospice Social Work" published by Columbia University Press. Please visit https://www.dranncallahan.info to learn more.
Spirituality and Hospice Social Work helps practitioners understand various forms of spiritual assessment for use with their clients. The book teaches practitioners to recognize a client’s spiritual needs and resources, as well as signs of spiritual suffering. It also discusses religious and spiritual practices that clients may use to enhance their spiritual coping. Spirituality and Hospice Social Work stresses the need for interdisciplinary collaboration with other members of the hospice team, along with the value of maintaining professional ethical standards when addressing spiritual issues. Throughout, the importance of spiritual sensitivity and its effect upon client well-being is emphasized. Available at: https://cup.columbia.edu/book/spirituality-and-hospice-social-work/9780231171731