Spirituality in social work education: a development and discussion of goals that flow from the profession's ethical mandates

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Abstract

Growing interest in incorporating spirituality into curriculum content exists. Little consideration, however, has occurred regarding the purpose or goals of this content. Building upon the profession's ethical mandates, this paper develops two intertwined objectives that should inform content: understanding spiritual diversity and the discrimination subordinate faiths encounter in the dominant mainstream culture. Theories are reviewed and empirical data are cited that provide a context for understanding, and illustrate the need to address, the issues of spiritual diversity and discrimination. In effect, this material is based upon the same widely used template that informs social work content in other areas of diversity—namely that a difference in worldviews in conjunction with a power differential fosters bias toward subordinate worldviews. It is suggested that the profession's ethics require the adoption of the same basic template in the area of spiritual diversity as is used in other areas of diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-55
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Work Education
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Diversity
  • Educational Goals
  • Ethics
  • Religion
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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