Despite social work's increasing focus on spiritual competency as one expression of cultural competency, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has received little mention in social work literature. This article utilizes a strengths perspective to help social workers better understand the unique cultural and religious dimensions of effective practice with LDS Church (i.e., Mormon) clients. It contains a summary of the basic beliefs, practices, and structure of the LDS Church. We discuss possible value conflicts, identify challenges that may be unique to members of the LDS Church, and provide suggestions for spiritual assessment and interventions. The article concludes by offering suggestions to enhance the cultural sensitivity of services provided to this growing population.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)