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Canda, E. & Furman, L. (1999) Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice: The Heart of Helping. New York, Free Press.

Canda, E. R., Nakashima, M., & Furman, L.D. (2004). Ethical considerations about spirituality in social work: Insights from a National Qualitative Survey. Families in Society, 85(1), 27-35.

Furman, L.E. (2000). Religion and spirituality in social work practice. Professional Social Work: The Magazine of the British Association of Social Workers. Birmingham, England. March, p. 5.
Furman, L. (2007).Grief is a brutal but empowering teacher: A social worker's reflections on the importance of spiritual assessment and support during the bereavement process.Illness, Crisis & Loss, 15(2), 99-112.

Furman, L. & Benson, P. (2006). Practice and educational considerations: Cross-national perspectives from the United States, United Kingdom, and Norway. Arete, 30(1), 53-62.

Furman, L., Benson, P., Canda, E.R. (2004). Religion, spirituality, and geographic region in the USA: An examination of regional similarities and differences among social workers in direct practice. Social Work & Christianity: An International Journal, 31(3), 267-294.

Furman, L., Benson, P., Canda, E. R., & Grimwood, C. (2005). A comparative international analysis of religion and spirituality in social work: A survey of UK and US social workers. Social Work Education, 24(8), 813-839.

Furman, L., Benson, P., Grimwood, C., & Canda, E.R. (2004). Religion and spirituality in social work education and direct practice at the millennium: a survey of UK social workers. British Journal of Social Work, 34(6), 767-792.

Furman, L.E. & Fry, S. (2000). Clerics and social workers: Collaborators or competitors? Arete, 24(1), 30-39.

Furman, L., Zahl, M.A., Benson, P. & Canda, E.R. (2007). American and Norwegian social workers' views on spirituality in education and practice: An international comparison. Families in Society, 88(2), 241-254.

Zahl, M. A. & Furman, L. (2005). Koblingen sosialt arbeid og religion/livssyn: et tilbakelagt stadium eller del av et helhetssyn. [Combining social work and religion/spirituality: better left in the past or included in a contemporary holistic view]. Nordisk Sosialt Arbeid 25(2), 98-100.

Zahl, M.A., Furman, L., Benson, P. & Canda, E.R. (2007). Religion and spirituality in social work practice and education in a cross-cultural context: Findings from a Norwegian and UK study. European Journal of Social Work, 10(3), 295-317.


Research Presentations at National, Regional, and Local Conferences

Furman, L., Zahl, M. & Canda, E. (February 28, 2005). An International Analysis of US and Norwegian Social Workers: Spirituality, Education, and Practice. Paper presented at the 51st Annual Program Meeting of the Council of Social Work Education. Chicago, IL.

Furman, L. (October 9, 2003). Peace, Prayer and Patriotism: What Social Work Education is Not Talking About. Keynote speaker at the 32nd Annual Alabama/Mississippi Social Work Education Conference. Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi.

Furman, L. & Canda, E. (March 3, 2003). Comparisons of the Role of Religion/Spirituality in Social Work Practice in the US and England. Paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Council of Social Work Education Program Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, March 3, 2003.

Furman, L. (2000). Spirituality in Social Work Practice: A Comparison Between the US and the UK. International Conference on Spirituality in Social Work, Lawrence, Kansas.

Burthwick, P. & Furman, L. (2000). Spirituality: A Strength? National Association of Christians in Social Work Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Furman, L. & Canda, E. (February 28, 2000). Spirituality in Social Work Practice: An Emerging Social Justice Trend for the 21st Century. Council on Social Work Education 46th Annual Program Meeting, New York, New York.

Research Papers Presented Abroad

Furman, L.D. (December 7, 2005). Reflections on Fifteen Years of National and International Research and Teaching about Religion, Spirituality and Social Work. Paper presented at "Religion and Spirituality: A Time for Social and Health Workers" at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Trondheim), Trondheim, Norway.

Furman, L.D. (May 25, 2004). Spirituality and Social Work: American and UK Perspectives. Paper presented at the National Conference of Spirituality and Social Care at Staffordshire University in Stoke on Trent, England. Theme: "Spirituality: New Challenges for Social Work, Health and Social Care".

Furman, L.D. (May 23, 2003). Is the Integration of Spirituality and Religion into Social Work Practice and Education Appropriate? Paper presented at the Conference of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work at the University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. Theme: "Spirituality and Religion Integrated into Social Work".