EP43: Faith-Based and Secular Meditation

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

Raymond Monsour Scurfield

Raymond Monsour Scurfield, DSW, LCSW, ACSW, is author of "Faith-Based and Secular Meditation: Everyday and Posttraumatic Applications" (NASW Press, 2019).

This NASW 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is professor emeritus of social work at The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast. He's authored books and articles on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat veterans and disaster survivors.

Published Dec. 17, 2019


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From the Publication

As a social work professor, around the year 2004 I started introducing some instruction about meditation to MSW students in my practice courses at the University of Mississippi. Most of my students were faith-based. That stimulated my thinking about the issues and variances concerning faith-based versus non-faith-based meditation.

For faith-based meditators, it is possible to consider that there is a common pathway for meditation and prayer. In other words, meditation and prayer can converse and travel together as complementary and mutually enhancing companions.

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