Social Work Field Education in and with Congregations and Religiously-Affiliated Organizations in a Christian Context
AbstractRecent attention to human spirituality, research on congregationally-related practice, and growth in employment within religiously-based organizations energize the creation of educational initiatives to prepare future professionals for competent social work practice within these settings. Internship experiences with congregations and religiously-affiliated organizations (RAOs) play a pivotal role in delivering the competencies required by the social work accreditation body. Conceptual tools are needed for understanding congregationally-related practice, for navigating potential conflict between faith and professional practice, and for delivering effective internship experiences. This article, written from the faculty’s perspective of a Christian, religiously affiliated social work degree program, offers a framework for conceptualizing social work with congregations and RAOs and a beginning discussion for sorting out dilemmas in the integration of faith and practice in these settings. Two models, individual placement and rotational model placement, for congregationally-related internship experiences are presented and evaluated. Recommendations for enriched internship learning and future research are offered. View Full-Text
Scifeed alert for new publicationsNever miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
- Get alerts for new papers matching your research
- Find out the new papers from selected authors
- Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
- Define your Scifeed now
Harris, H.; Yancey, G.; Myers, D. Social Work Field Education in and with Congregations and Religiously-Affiliated Organizations in a Christian Context. Religions 2016, 7, 52.
Harris H, Yancey G, Myers D. Social Work Field Education in and with Congregations and Religiously-Affiliated Organizations in a Christian Context. Religions. 2016; 7(5):52.Chicago/Turabian Style
Harris, Helen; Yancey, Gaynor; Myers, Dennis. 2016. "Social Work Field Education in and with Congregations and Religiously-Affiliated Organizations in a Christian Context." Religions 7, no. 5: 52.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.