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The Mental Health and Spirituality Workshop



Case Synopsis

Kolap Chonn White facilitated groups as a Rehabilitation Practitioner for a public mental health facility for three months before meeting consumer Cathy Crider. A born-again Christian, Kolap’s religious worldview was the foundation for her personal and professional life. She and Cathy quickly bonded over issues related to culture and gender as Cathy participated in Kolap’s groups. When Cathy later approached her privately with frustrations about the workshop, Kolap was unsure how to respond, feeling the constraints of both professional ethics and agency policies.

Intended Case Use

Written for undergraduate or graduate level social work courses in diversity, practice, ethics, or policy, it may also be used for specialized instruction on religion/spirituality in social work practice or, more generally, for instruction on social work direct practice, mental health treatment, or case management.

Author/Speaker: Carrie Yocum and Terry A. Wolfer

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