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Religions 2017, 8(9), 177; doi:10.3390/rel8090177

Ethical Integration of Faith and Practice in Social Work Field Education: A Multi-Year Exploration in One Program

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Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97320, Waco, TX 76792, USA
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Ace Academy Counseling Department, Austin, TX 76792, USA
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Community Options for Families and Youth in Pleasant Hill, 3478 Buskirk Ave, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4344, USA
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Received: 7 July 2017 / Revised: 3 August 2017 / Accepted: 28 August 2017 / Published: 1 September 2017
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Abstract

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) prescribes competencies and professional behaviors for social work educational programs. Respective, individual programs may add program competencies and practice behaviors specific to their schools and universities. The study examines one program’s field education measurement of the additional competency: The ethical integration of faith and practice and behaviors related to clients, students, and practicum sites. More than 600 BSW and MSW students’ final field evaluations over a five-year period were examined for grades and for evidence of each of the faith and practice behaviors. Findings include students’ emphasis on their own ethics including use of supervision and honoring clients’ faith perspectives, students’ recognition of faith as strength and resource for clients; and students’ recording of the importance of agency context policies in the integration of faith and practice. Grades on the faith and practice competency were essentially equivalent to final field evaluation overall grades. View Full-Text
Keywords: faith and practice; field education; religion and spirituality; social work competencies faith and practice; field education; religion and spirituality; social work competencies
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Harris, H.; Yancey, G.; Myers, D.; Deimler, J.; Walden, D. Ethical Integration of Faith and Practice in Social Work Field Education: A Multi-Year Exploration in One Program. Religions 2017, 8, 177.

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