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Faith and Social Work Practice Initiative to Launch in the New Year

Monday, December 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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Over the past few decades, the role of religion and spirituality in health and mental health clients’ lives has caught the attention of a variety of helping professionals, including social workers. Research indicates that not only does the inclusion of religion and spirituality have the potential to enhance health and mental health outcomes, but clients prefer such integration in treatment. To this end, and considering that social workers constitute 45 percent of clinically trained helping professionals, it is important for the social work profession to clearly understand what supports or hinders practitioners from considering this sensitive area of clients’ lives.


To help explore this area, NASW-Michigan is launching a new training initiative in 2018, titled Faith and Social Work Practice! This training initiative will consist of three webinars early in the new year and a one-day conference to be held in the Fall. These webinars will address the intersections between social work practice and faith, be it the faith and spirituality of the client, the clinician, or the interactions therein. Topics will include religiophobia, how to respond to transference and countertransference, ethical self-disclosure, and incorporating client faith and spirituality into practice and treatment.


The webinars will be offered on January 25th, February 22nd, and March 29th (Thursdays). Each webinar will offer 1 free CE, available to NASW members only. More information and registration information can be found at


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