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In this Discussion, you work to seek meaning from the trauma your  clients experience and the subsequent healing you help your clients  achieve in your social work practice.

To prepare:

  • Read about trauma-informed social work, and read this  article listed in the Learning Resources: Vis, J.-A., & Boynton, H.  M. (2008). Spirituality and transcendent meaning making: possibilities  for enhancing posttraumatic growth. Journal of Religion &  Spirituality in Social Work, 27(1/2): 69–86.  http://dx.doi.org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1080/15426430802113814


  1. In 1 sentence, identify an existential question with which you have grappled in relation to a client who has been traumatized.
  2. Reflect on your fieldwork, or perhaps identify an  existential question that might arise in working with the client in the  case study you have selected throughout the course.
  3. In 3 to 4 brief sentences, describe where there is potential for growth for the client as a result of the trauma.
  4. In 3 to 4 brief sentences, explain where there is  potential for growth for you, the social worker, as a result of  listening to the client’s stories and bearing witness to their trauma.
  5. Describe any challenges you may experience between the  meaning you hold based on your personal beliefs and working within the  client’s potentially different belief framework.
  6. Provide a suggestion for how a social worker could help  clients to understand and make meaning of the trauma within the client’s  values and belief framework.


Turner, F. J. (Ed.). (2017). Social work treatment: Interlocking theoretical approaches (6th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Chapter 20: Mindfulness and Social Work (pp. 325–337)
Chapter 37: Trauma-Informed Social Work Treatment and Complex Trauma (pp. 553–573)

Garland, E. L. (2013). Mindfulness research in social work: Conceptual and methodological recommendations. Social Work Research, 37(4), 439–448. https://doi.org/10.1093/swr/svt038

Vis, J.-A. & Boynton, H. M. (2008). Spirituality and transcendent meaning making: Possibilities for enhancing posttraumatic growth. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work, 27(1/2): 69–86. http://dx.doi.org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1080/15426430802113814

UCLA Health. (n.d.). Free guided meditations. Retrieved December 8, 2017, from http://marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations