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The role of religion and spirituality in social work education and practice: a survey of student views and experiences.

Author: Sheridan, M.J; Hemert, K.A.
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Date Winter 1999
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Social-Work-Education
Volume/Pages 35(1): 125-141
Subject Matter Research, Social-work-education; Religion-; Spirituality-; Social-work-practice; Social-work-students
Abstract This study investigated 208 students from two schools of social work on their views and experiences with religion and spirituality in education and practice. Results revealed a generally favorable stance toward the role of religion and spirituality in social work practice and relatively high endorsement and utilization of spiritually oriented interventions with clients. These findings are striking given that the majority of respondents reported little exposure to content on religion and spirituality in their educational program, thus raising concern about potential harm to clients. Results from the study are compared with previous research on social work practitioners and faculty, and implications for social work education are presented. (Journal abstract.)