DSW Candidate – Heather Persellin-Deere, MSW, 4:00 PM – 5:15PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Unity in Diversity: Integrating Religion and Spirituality into Social Work Education Through an Anti-Oppressive Social Justice Lens

DSW Candidate – Heather Persellin-Deere, MSW

Monday, April 22, 2024

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0

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Unity in Diversity: Integrating Religion and Spirituality into Social Work Education Through an Anti-Oppressive Social Justice Lens

The very nature of social work requires social workers to be adept at interacting with and serving wildly diverse populations as a necessary and vital part of their work. Schools of social work endeavor to equip students with the knowledge and skills to serve clients who ascribe to both familiar and unfamiliar beliefs. Nevertheless, in many social work education programs today, little time or attention is focused on religious and spiritual diversity.
This presentation will begin by introducing the topics of religion, spirituality, and religious discrimination, followed by an exploration of what is currently known about how religion and spirituality are being integrated into social work education programs. Then, the focus will move to introducing a novel blended conceptual framework utilizing social learning and anti-oppressive theories to address diverse religious and spiritual topics and religious bias. Finally, the author will present a two-module curriculum intended to be seated within a social work field education seminar that utilizes the anti-oppressive social learning framework to demonstrate that religious and spiritual diversity is, in fact, a social justice issue.
This curriculum is anticipated to create new opportunities for social work students to engage with religious and spiritually diverse clients and gain the necessary skills to become competent practitioners.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define religion, spirituality, religious discrimination, and religious bias.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the intersectionality between religion, spirituality, social work, and social work education.
  3. Analyze the role of religion and spirituality as a social justice issue and identify one strategy for addressing bias.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.

Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.