Social Work Faculty Publications

Title

Preparing Social Work Students for Practice with Religious Congregations Within the Context of Charitable Choice: The Grace House Ministry

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2003

Journal Title

Social Work and Christianity

ISSN

0737-5778

Volume

30

Issue

2

First Page

128

Last Page

141

Abstract

The social work profession has a remarkable opportunity and challenge to reconnect with its religious roots and develop services in partnership with religious congregations. The professional literature, however, has provided social work educators with limited guidance in terms of resources and curriculum strategies for preparing students and practitioners for competent practice in religious settings. This paper posits the efficacy of a decision case module for covering content on Charitable Choice and working with religious congregations. The Grace House Ministry, a decision case written specifically for the curriculum module is included at the end.

Keywords

Case method teaching, charitable choice, church social ministry, congregations, faith-based organizations

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