In the past, religion and spirituality sat relatively unexplored and untaught as a practice topic in social work programs (Baylor University, n.d.). The reasoning was, in part, that acknowledging religion could lead to directly or indirectly offending the client. But to disregard religion was likely denying the identities of a large segment of the population.
Now, social workers are tasked with exploring religion and spirituality as potentially influential to the client’s well-being, experiences, and perceptions and to take this dimension into account in treatment. How would you introduce this sensitive topic with clients in your community, and how might you do so without favoring your own beliefs?
For this Journal, you consider how you might grow to better serve specific religious or spiritual populations in your community. You also envision what a conversation about religion with a client might look like.
Baylor University. (n.d.). Study: Why social workers aren’t discussing religion and spirituality with clients. https://www.socialworktoday.com/news/dn_072415.shtml
Submit a 1- to 2-page written journal or 4- to 5-minute video or audio journal in which you:
Use the Learning Resources to support your thinking. Make sure to provide APA citations and a reference list.
(I’m in the State of Michigan)