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Founder/s
Zen monks, Indian yogis, Judaic spiritual leaders, and Christian monks.
 
 
Definition/Description
A state of concentrated relaxation, the systematic practice of which reportedly leads to feelings of heightened well being and reduced anxiety. Meditators typically concentrate on and repeat a word, phrase, or sound for about 20 minutes while remaining in a passive attitude, in one comfortable position, and in an environment free of distractions.
 

Therapeutic Goal
The goal of meditation is to reduce stress and anxiety through  a simple set of general procedures that can be learned without elaborate rituals or large expense.
 

Treatment Techniques
Meditation has a number of positive effects, it is a treatment its self.
 
 
What is its "utility to social work practice"?
Meditation is utilitize in social work because the social worker can use meditation as a way of helping the client cope with their problems.
 
 
 
 
Sources- The Social Work Dictionary by Robert L. Barker and The Practice of Social Work by Charles H. Zastrow.

SOWK 355 " Courtney Perryman" Fall 2005

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