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I Am Not the Church Social Worker



Case Synopsis

Sue Stanford, an MSW social worker in a Sunday School class with Carla Rushing at the BCC of Broyton, became involved with Carla and her family for more than a year. Sue was troubled by relations between Carla and some of the church’s lay helpers, including small group leader Gloria Gibbs. Carla had finally moved out of the abusive home she had been living in, but now the church and its “helpers” seemed to have replaced her husband’s abuse by offering its own brand of control and mistreatment.

Intended Case Use

Written for a BSW or MSW level social work course(s) in values and ethics or congregational social work. It may also be used for specialized instruction on religion/spirituality in social work practice, spiritual abuses, dual relationships, faith communities, lay helpers, social work and clergy relations, and personal and professional boundaries.

Author/Speaker: Mary Anne Poe

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