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Social Work Field Education in and with Congregations and Religiously-Affiliated Organizations in a Christian Context

Garland School of Social Work, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76706, USA
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Religions 2016, 7(5), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel7050052
Received: 13 March 2016 / Revised: 1 May 2016 / Accepted: 3 May 2016 / Published: 9 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion, Welfare and Social Service Provision: Common Ground)
Recent 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
Keywords: social work partnerships; congregations; RAOs; field education; faith and service social work partnerships; congregations; RAOs; field education; faith and service
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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.

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