Spirituality and Religion in Social Work Practice: Decision Cases with Teaching Notes.

Citation: 
Scales, T. L., Wolfer, T.A., Sherwood, D.A., Garland, D.R., Hugen, B., Pittman, S.W. eds. Spirituality and Religion in Social Work Practice: Decision Cases with Teaching Notes. Washington D.C. Council on Social Work Education: 2002.
Abstract: 

The result of an initial consultation at Baylor University School of Social Work, this collection of twenty two decision cases are aimed at use for social work course curriculum in educational institutions. The premise underlying the collection is that spirituality and religious belief are fundamental aspects of human life and social work practitioners must be able to competently engage with these dimensions. Such emphasis also signals a move away from modernist paradigms of social work practice that dealt with spirituality and religion in social work as superfluous at best. However, there has been a growing realization that aspects of values and meaning are significant in the lives of clients, many of whom consider religion and spirituality to be integral to their lives and faith based organizations are increasingly playing a more prominent role in social services delivery. This collection decision cases add to the growing body of literature on social service practice that deal with spirituality and religion. Religious and spiritual contents feature prominently in each of the decision case that are followed by extensive notes and commentary. The collection is introduced with essays exploring religion and spirituality in social work and the teaching paradigm of decision case methodology.

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