SWK2100EN - Spiritual Care in Social Work Practice

Course description

This course provides an overview of a range of social problems and society's response to them through the social service delivery system and through Christian organizations. The problems and services described and discussed include: child abuse and neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, aging, mental health and illness, and corrections. Within this context, various career options and professional roles are described, including that of social work. The course provides readings related to the integration of Christian faith and Social Work. The course teaches students how to provide clients with spiritual care along with meeting physical and psychological needs.

How this course benefits students

Successful completion of this course enables students to:

  1. identify and describe various roles and responsibilities of social workers;
  2. recognize social and cultural diversity issues in generalist social work practice;
  3. identify the impact of inequality on at-risk and oppressed populations;
  4. recognize how personal values relate to and influence one's practice as a social worker, according to NASW Code of Ethics;
  5. identify major historical events and people that have influenced the social work profession and social welfare;
  6. exhibit a knowledge base and the skills required for generalist social work practice;
  7. describe a variety of social work settings and fields of practice;
  8. describe the concepts and promotion of social and economic justice as related to vulnerable societal groups;
  9. complete readings on the background of Christianity and its impact on Social Work;
  10. find out if this is an occupation that they want to pursue as they seek the Mission of God in their lives.

Why this course is important

Spiritually sensitive social workers can apply faith to practice and produce environments in which the Mission of God is reflected in the secular profession. This course gives a background to the profession/ministry of social work in relationship to the mission of God.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Social Work
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Abiola Olagbami, Professor of Christian Social Work

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Mission of God is a historical core value of social work practice. It is to "bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners (Is. 61: 1)"

Missionally driven

Meeting the needs of the "least of these" is being about the Mission of God.

Contextually informed

A spiritually aware practice professional integrates faith and witness while involved in the challenges of others.

Interculturally focused

Just as needs are universal, meeting needs is a universal language.

Practically minded

Students integrate their faith with the core principles of social work practice.

Experientially transformed

Students learn through practice, presentations, papers, and questioning perceptions of practice.