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Human Behavior and the Religious/Spiritual Environment

  1. 1. Human Behavior and the Religious/Spiritual Environment
  2. 2. In December 2002, President George W. Bush signed an executive order prohibiting discrimination against any organization on the basis of religion or religious belief in the administration or distribution of federal financial assistance for social services programs (Executive Order No. 13,279, 2002).
  3. 3. O Although public funding cannot be used for inherently religious activities such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytization, organizations may maintain autonomy in their names, display of religious symbols, hiring decisions, and use of religious terminology in mission statements and other documents. O Such autonomy was previously unavailable to faith- related organizations receiving public funds for social services programs; funding was contingent on removing religious references and symbols in services settings and complying with the same regulations and standards applied to secular nonprofit agencies.
  4. 4. Questions that may be asked in reference to practice ethics include O Is there potential for discrimination against the client if she or he engages in services? Will efforts likely be made to trivialize or change a client's belief system? O Does the client have agency and physical and mental capacity to resist religious program elements if she or he objects to them? O Does the provider engage in funding or hiring processes likely to conflict with the client's beliefs or values? O Does the provider have the training, skills, and resources necessary to meet the client's presenting needs?
  5. 5. In addition to practice, ethical dilemmas are often riddled with spiritual values. O What comes to mind? Likely ethical dilemmas about aborti on, right to die, self‐ disclosure, O self determination, corporal punishment, discipline of O children, divorce, and medical care are O just a few that supervisors/supervisees need to address an d understand for competency in O practice. It is too late to say, “I didn’t know s/he O believed …”. Added to ethical dilemmas is O the cultural understanding of the client. One’s cultue is ofte n closely tied to one’s religion O or spiritual beliefs and practices
  6. 6. Six elements of spirituality in clinical practice that may be adapted to supervision as a guide for supervisors as they seek to share and understand spiritual or religious views and meaning: O 1. Supervisor/worker views of meaning of life, meaninglessness, and hope/ O hopelessness. O 2. Values often determine how we view ourselves, others, our world and govern how we O behave, make choices and deal with losses. O 3. Mortality: Exploring and understanding beliefs and feelings about death, den ial about O death, and fear of death. How do we relate to the fragileness of life? O 4. Our universal view of self and others. Views begin with parents and develop through O significant relationships and experiences throughout the lifespan. Our views (and O values) are influenced by culture, religion, relationships and basic beliefs. O 5. Attitude toward suffering both internal and external. O 6. Transcendence: acceptance, responsibility, peace, and at‐one‐ness.
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  9. 9. Conclusion: Is Spirituality good when working with a client? O Spirituality is very important, many cultures are focused around religion and or spiritual beliefs. O One’s beliefs have a profound effect on everyday life: O Health O Recovery O Treatment options
  10. 10. References O Martin, Lana. "THE IMPACT OF RELIGION/SPIRITUALITY IN SOCIAL WORK SUPERVISION."htt p:// N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr 2014. <>. O Tangenberg, Kathleen. "Faith-Based Human Services Initiatives: Considerations for Social Work Practice and Theory." 40b7b7987248@sessionmgr115&vid=2&hid=122. N.p., 01 Jul 2005. Web. 12 Apr 2014. O Skelton, G. (Photographer). (2014, January 10). Belfast Met's Gerry Skelton - Interview on Spirituality [Print Photo]. Retrieved from O (2009, May 03). ssw511 ssw511·1 video Subscribe 3 1,960 Like 3 Dislike 0 I like thisLike I dislike this About Share Add to Transcript Statistics Report Uploaded on May 3, 2009 No description available. Show more Loading icon Loading.. 23:45 Social Work Initial Assessment With a Client by Jerri Pitre 1,968 views 15:38 Spiritual, But Not Religious? (with Father Thomas Keating) by IntegralNaked 111,185 views 8:52 Guaranteed Shoulder Damage! by strengthcamp Recommended for you 30:03 [OPEN GYM] Extremely Brutal Workout (in the rain) by strengthcamp Recommended for you 9:56 I'm Spiritual but not Religious by Atomarane 2,060 views 1:33:04 [Print Photo]. Retrieved from