Holistic engagement emerges as a vital connection to the continual professional growth and personal development that integrative capability offers. As we contemplate how to reach for these in ourselves and our students, we can use holistic engagement both as a tool in social work education and the collection of essential skills to be developed and practiced throughout professional practice and education. Through this process, educators and students can embody the kind of transformational social change agenda that social work so desperately needs to embody right now. We invite each of us to explore and experience fully the stories, activities, and lessons shared in the following chapters, recognizing that the more we do this, the more we open ourselves to the unparalleled richness of this moment to nurture us personally and professionally.


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