Social Work and Spiritual Healing: Partnering With a Curandero

  • Alonzo Cavazos, Jr. University of Texas-Pan American
  • Catherine Faver University of Texas-Pan American


This narrative chronicles the Journey of a social worker and a curandero (male spiritual healer) who seek to
understand each other's treatment knowledge, values, and practice skills. This endeavor culminates in the collaborative
treatment of a client who believes she is demon-possessed. Embedded in the narrative are essential teaching
points for the social work practitioner who aspires to work with Hispanics who adhere to traditional cultural beliefs.
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