Because it may be a significant part of a client’s social environment, spirituality plays a vital role in your understanding of the client, their needs, and potential treatment. Consider this example: A social worker recognizes a client’s strong Baptist faith; the social worker then facilitates services through the Baptist Church so as to build on an already established connection.
Being culturally sensitive by respecting your clients’ spirituality and religious traditions is an important professional competence. Applying your spiritual awareness to a specific client case, however, may require even greater skill. In this Assignment, you consider how you might address a client’s crisis that includes a spiritual or religious component.
Analyzing the case and applying your perspective on spirituality. Be sure to address the following:
- As a social worker, would you include spirituality and religion in your initial assessment of Najeeb? Why or why not?
- What strategies might you use to ensure that your personal values would not influence your practice with Najeeb? How would these strategies support ethical practice?
- How would you address the crisis that Najeeb is experiencing?