Integration of Faith and Spirituality in Social Work Education A Systematic Review of Evidence in the Last 35 Years (1985-2020)

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A. Christson A. Adedoyin
Sharon E. Moore
Rachel Copeland
Olufunmilayo O. Folaranmi


Faith, spirituality, integrating faith and learning, pedagogical models, social work


This research systematically synthesizes the conceptual understanding, guiding theological, or denominational orientations, and the most promising pedagogical models for integrating faith and spirituality into social work education curricula. Accordingly, we reviewed published peer-reviewed journals in the last 35 years (1985-2020). This systematic review answers three main research questions: 1) What is the array of conceptual definitions of faith and spirituality integration in social work education; 2) Are there theological, and or, denominational orientations influencing the definitions, and integration, of faith and spirituality in social work education? and; 3) What are the available pedagogical models for integrating faith and spirituality into social work education? A conclusion is presented with implications for pedagogy, research, and policy in Christian social work programs

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