Addressing Spirituality Reflections on Curriculum Integration in a Christian University

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C. Jean Roberson
Rachel Hagues
Rachel Copeland


Keywords: spirituality, faith, ethics, social work education, social work practice, competence


The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) recognizes faith and spirituality as a dimension of individual diversity, shaping a person’s identity and experiences in the world (CSWE, 2015). Social workers require an ethical integration of faith and spirituality into their professional practices. Herein, we discuss practical ways to teach students to know themselves, uncover their biases, and ethically address faith and spiritually in a way that it is less likely to be an unconscious influencer on their practice. We give examples from across our curriculum of how we are teaching students to wrestle with their own worldview and to recognize the choices it leads them to want to make with clients.


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