College of Health Professions (CHP)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-07 11:53:20


Social Work

Honors Course

7750 499

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


This paper reviews 15 different articles discussing the current state of religion and spirituality (RS) in the social work (SW) field. The 15 articles cover various topics in both SW education and practice. Social workers’ as well as clients’ feelings towards the incorporation of RS into SW practice are presented. Ethical standards regarding the treatment of RS in SW practice is discussed. Finally, a review of the effectiveness of treatments utilizing RS is presented. It was found that there is a lack of education to properly train social workers to incorporate RS into their daily practice. There is also a need for further research to be done on the effectiveness of RS based treatment in a mental health setting. Seeking further understanding of the incorporation of RS into SW practice aligns with SW ethics which direct social workers to undertake continual education in order to provide higher quality service to clients.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Mark D. McManus

First Reader

Naomi White

Second Reader

John M. Ellis

Honors Faculty Advisor

Michele Thornton



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