Assignment: Transpersonal Theory

Respond to at least two colleagues in one of the following ways:

o   Offer an example of how you have witnessed or may witness transpersonal theory in social work practice.

o   Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.

o   Offer and support an opinion about the use of transpersonal theory with clients who hold different belief systems based on what your colleague described.


Colleague 1: AnnaVi


Transpersonal Social Worker

A transpersonal social worker respects an individual’s choice in religion or cultural preferences. Robbins et al., (2012) suggest that knowledge of transpersonal theories help social workers understand and become knowledgeable in different religion and spiritual beliefs to enhance skills that promote respect.

Influence in Social Work Practice

Social workers competent in transpersonal theories have knowledge and skill to work with individuals who are deeply rooted with spirituality and religion beliefs. Transpersonal skills can influence the social work practice through empowerment of clients by encouraging the acceptance of diversity. As social workers, we have our own choice of religion and spiritual beliefs, however we must remain open-minded, nonjudgmental, and accepting of others to provide the best service we can for our clients. Robbins et al., (2012) suggest that social workers are faced with the challenge to spread and appreciate the diversity of religion.

Helping Clients

According to Maslow (1968) as found in Kalisschuk (2009), “the transpersonal self extends beyond personal identity and meaning to include a “meaningfulness and equanimity with self and other” (p. 391). I would encourage my clients to share information about their religious beliefs and empower them to continue the healthy habits within that belief. Social workers can encourage individuals to practice self-care that promotes healthy functioning and personal growth that endorses their well-being. (Kalisschuk, 2009).

Kalisschuk, R. G., & Nixon, G. (2009). A transpersonal theory of healing following youth suicide. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 7(2), 389-402. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Robbins, S. P., Chatterjee, P., & Canda, E. R. (2012). Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle, NJ: Allyn & Bacon.