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Faith and Social Work Practice the Topic of Statewide Twitter Chat

Monday, April 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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On March 14th, 2018 NASW-Michigan hosted a first statewide Twitter chat on the topic of Faith and Social Work Practice. This chat explored the experiences of four social work students from across Michigan and their thoughts on how faith and spirituality. A twitter chat is a unique way to engage social workers around a common hashtag, in this case #Faith&SW.


NASW-Michigan would like to that our ULink students who pulled together the event and to our four panelists:

  • Morgan Martin,  BSW student at Cornerstone University
  • Denard Fenaud, MSW student at Andrews University
  • Daniel Kaplan, MSW student at the University of Michigan
  • Erik Fuller, MSW student at Western Michigan University

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. This chat was intended to make us think about our roots as a profession, how we individually handle issues of faith, and how faith is being handled in the classroom.


To read a transcript of the chat please use this link:









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