In late 2000, as a new member of Grace Presbyterian Church, licensed clinical social worker Randy Samuels agreed to help with families that came to the church for assistance. After awhile he began questioning whether there was a better way to utilize the church’s resources to help these families. As Randy became more involved, he learned that his social work knowledge, values, and skills were appreciated and useful in the congregation. At the same time, his involvement created new tensions for Randy and the congregation.
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Written for an MSW level course in micro or macro social work practice, it may also be used for specialized instruction on religion/spirituality in social work practice, congregational social work, program development, social policy, and social work ethics.
Author/Speaker: Michael E. Sherr & Terry A. Wolfer
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