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.
Successful completion of this course enables students to:
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.
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)"
Meeting the needs of the "least of these" is being about the Mission of God.
A spiritually aware practice professional integrates faith and witness while involved in the challenges of others.
Just as needs are universal, meeting needs is a universal language.
Students integrate their faith with the core principles of social work practice.
Students learn through practice, presentations, papers, and questioning perceptions of practice.