This course will explain the important differences between organized “religion” and “spirituality. It will examine a variety of religions, ethnicities and culture, as well as discuss support groups which use belief in a “higher power” and perspectives that search for ultimate meanings and purposes.
This course is designed to enhance social work practice by (a) recognizing and utilizing the qualities of a spirituality sensitive helping relationship, and (b) acquiring knowledge about ways to deal with matters of the human spirit.
Participants will be able to...
1. Understand and describe historical and existing relationships between religions and social work.
2. Know the concepts of spirituality and religion.
3. Learn guidelines for a spirituality sensitive assessment of person and situation, and apply selected spirituality sensitive practice techniques in a manner consistent with professional ethics and self-determination.
4. Demonstrate how spirituality/religion can be used as a way of coping with major losses, traumatic experiences, end-of life issues, and chronic suffering.