SOC W 566
Focus on a variety of specialized social work practice roles in such health and mental health fields as addiction and grief and loss. Emphasis is given to advanced skills and knowledge for specialized expertise. Offered: WSp.
Faith Matters and Mental Health Practice: Conflict versus Integration
A 2003 special issue of American Psychologist indicates the enterprise linking spirituality/religion with health and well-being as a “genuine frontier for research.” However, the ideological differences between two camps have provided serious conflicts that obviate integration of faith matters into mental health practice and related services. This course will examine the interrelation between faith matters and the practice of mental health professions, including approaches to definitions and assessments. The perceived conflicts between religion and mental health will be explored, including topics presented in the DSM IV-TR. Drawing upon current research evidence in several disciplines, the course will also explore the possibility of linking positive aspects of faith matters with new mental health concepts, such as character strength, positive emotion, searching for meaning, and posttraumatic growth in practice. An emphasis will be placed on practice with culturally diverse social groups.
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