Welcome to Episode 55 of #AskSteveAustin Podcast, with Steve Austin and Dr. Holly Oxhandler. The show is sponsored by Audible.com – sign up for your free month’s membership at audibletrial.com/asksteveaustin!
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The Namaste’ Project and Spiritual Self-Care – Questions:
- Could it be dangerous to have these conversations? Are there situations where this kind of talk could be harmful?
- What kind of impact could it have if helping professionals like LCSW’s started focusing on the whole person?
- How do you think holding sacred space for clients could impact their progress, recovery, or just everyday lives?
- What does the word Namaste’ mean, and what is this new project?
- What if you are a social worker who claims no faith or your religion is completely different from your client’s? How would that impact the client’s care?
Dr. Holly Oxhandler is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and an Assistant Professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Holly studies religion/spirituality, health and mental health, and is especially interested in whether and how mental and behavioral health therapists discuss their client’s religious/spiritual beliefs in treatment. She developed and validated the Religious/Spiritually Integrated Practice Assessment Scale, has written for numerous academic journals, and her research has been featured in the Washington Post, Consumer Affairs, Religion News Service, Baptist News Global, and more.
Holly lives in Waco, TX with her husband, Cory, and the couple has two children: Callie (2012) and Oliver (2016). She loves to read, paint, meditate, learn about others’ stories over a cup of coffee, and most of all, spend time with her loved ones. You can follow Holly online at HollyOxhandler.com and on Twitter @HollyOxhandler