Welcome to my website. This site is intended to share information about the profession of social work and my own progress as a social work practitioner, teacher, and researcher. I hope you enjoy my work. If you find that we have common interests or that I can help in some way, please let me know.


Are you interested in how spirituality can shape the dying process? Please consider reading my book Spirituality and Hospice Social Work published by Columbia University Press. This book is the product of many years of clinical and research experience. The article Key Concepts in Spiritual Care for Hospice Social Workers: How an Interdisciplinary Perspective Can Inform Spiritual Competence provides a topical overview. The book further explains the evidence supporting spiritually sensitive hospice social work.

This will prepare social workers well for their direct work with clients and for their partnership in palliative care and hospice teams.
— Edward R. Canda, The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

Current Activities

My next presentation will be at the North American Association of Christians in Social Work's 68th Annual Convention. There I will be presenting a workshop on How Ethics Can Inform Spiritually Sensitive Social Work. 

My last presentation was at the European Conference on Religion, Spirituality, and Health May 17-19, 2018 in Coventry, England. I presented a poster called Relational Spirituality: An Opportunity for Social Work in Long-Term Care.

If you missed my presentation at the 2017 Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network General Assembly in Scottsdale, AZ, it was An Introduction to Spiritually Sensitive Hospice Social Work.

The North American Association of Christians in Social Work also recorded a webinar I provided called Therapeutic Relationship as a Spiritual Resource. The article Relational Spirituality in Social Work Today addresses some of that content.


Course evaluation is central to good teaching. The last article I wrote with Dr. Kalea Benner, at the University of Kentucky, evaluates an online spirituality course. We evaluate the conceptual processes associated with the building of spiritual sensitivity and the potential implications for social work practice.