Religion and Spirituality Clearinghouse

The CSWE Religion and Spirituality Work Group was organized in 2011 to promote social workers' knowledge, values, and skills for ethical and effective practice that takes into account the diverse expressions of religion and spirituality among clients and their communities.

Given the pervasiveness of religion and spirituality throughout people's lives and cultures, social workers need to understand religion and spirituality to develop a holistic view of the person in environment and to support the professional mission of promoting satisfaction of basic needs, well-being, and justice for all individuals and communities around the world.

This mission is reflected in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards; the National Association of Social Workers' Code of Ethics and Standards for Cultural Competence; the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work's Statement of Principles; and the standards for professional practice in many fields of social work practice, such as health, mental health recovery, hospice and palliative care, and substance abuse.

Social workers are expected to work ethically and effectively with religion and spirituality as relevant to clients and their communities and to refrain from negative discrimination based on religious or nonreligious beliefs.



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    Possible Topics for Submissions

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    Related Resources

    Clearinghouse Links to Affiliated Organizations Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work Center of Family and Community Ministries, Baylor School of Social Work Society for Spirituality and Social Work Center for Spirituality and Social Work, National ... Read More

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    Members of the Religion and Spirituality Work Group

    Edward R. Canda, The University of Kansas (KS) Rick Chamiec-Case, North American Association of Christians in Social Work (CT) Sheldon R. Gelman, Yeshiva University (NY) Catherine A. Hawkins, Texas State University-San Marcos (TX) David R. Hodge, Arizona State ... Read More

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    Submitting to the Clearinghouse

    The CSWE Religion and Spirituality Working Group welcomes submissions for the Clearinghouse. Topics may be relevant to any curricular area (e.g., practice at any system level in any field, social policy, human behavior theory, research, administration, field education, and social work ethics), but ... Read More

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    Religion and Spirituality Educational Resources

    The Religion and Spirituality Clearinghouse (RSC) initiative is relevant to all the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards of CSWE, in particular the following core competencies: Educational Policy 2.1.2 regarding application of ethical principles to guide practice and to ... Read More