Bernard Moss, Neil Thompson

Spirituality, Meaning and Values

Spiral Bound

Learning from Practice Series

A learning and development manual (2nd edition)



There is much talk these days about empowerment, but generally very little by way of practical guidance as to how to put the ideas into practice. By focusing on the key roles of spirituality, meaning and values in practice, this manual offers training resources to help participants make empowerment a reality. Topics include the importance of values, the power of language, finding meaning in life and work, understanding the place of religion and spirituality.

Spirituality, Meaning and Values is part of the Learning from Practice Series. Find out more about the range here. 


ISBN: 9781912755455

Publication date: June 2019

Contents includes:

Part One: The importance of values
Introduction to Part One: Understanding values
The exercises
Case study: values
Conclusion to Part One
Guide to further learning: values

Part Two: Finding meaning in life and work
Introduction to Part One: Understanding values
The exercises
Case study: spirituality
Conclusion to Part Two
Guide to further learning: spirituality

Part Three: Promoting empowerment
Introduction to Part Three: Understanding empowerment
The exercises
Case study: empowerment
Conclusion to Part Three
Guide to further learning: empowerment



Bernard Moss is Professor Emeritus of Social Work Education and Spirituality at Staffordshire University, where he began working with social work students in 1993. His particular teaching interests have focused on communications skills, studies in death, dying and bereavement, and mediation studies. He was formerly Director of the Centre for Spirituality and Health at Staffordshire University, and made significant contributions to debates on this important theme.

Neil Thompson is an independent writer, educator and adviser whose work is rooted in existentialist philosophy. It is this intellectual background, combined with his decades of experience in social work, that has given him not only an interest in spirituality, meaning and values, but also a commitment to promoting best practice in relation to such matters.


Find out more about Spirituality, Meaning and Values in this video interview with series editor, Dr Neil Thompson.

Learning from Practice series

This exciting new series of learning and development manuals brings together a team of highly experienced writers, practitioners and learning facilitators with series editor Neil Thompson, a well-respected author and educator. Together, they ensure that these manuals offer an effective way of bridging academic content with the challenging world of practice. As such, they will be invaluable for training presenters and tutors wanting to host events addressing the important range of issues covered by each manual.

Each one provides all the resources you need to provide a high quality learning experience, including helpful background material to set the scene, a range of exercises and worksheets to encourage participant involvement and associated PowerPoint slides to aid the clear and effective presentation of key elements of knowledge and practice. These expertly written resources will provide a foundation of understanding and confidence that will enable even the most inexperienced of trainers to provide high-quality training.

Find out more about the other titles in the Learning from Practice range here.


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