100737: Developing Cultural Competence with Evangelical Christians

About the Course:

Cultural competency with people of faith is stipulated in the profession’s ethical standards. Yet, in spite of growing interest in spirituality and religion, a paucity of material has appeared in the literature with the express purpose of developing cultural competency with evangelical Christians, the nation’s largest spiritual minority. To address this gap in the literature, salient aspects of the Evangelical cultural narrative are reviewed, which in turn provides the context for a discussion of various practice interventions. More specifically, information is presented on general practice suggestions, clinically oriented spiritual interventions, strategies for school social workers, and national and international social justice issues of concern to all social workers. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Defining Evangelical Christians II. The Evangelical Christian Subculture III. The Church IV. The Family V. General Practice Suggestions VI. Culturally Oriented Spiritual Interventions VII. Advocacy in Educational Settings VIII. Systemic and International Interventions IX. Self-Examination

Journal/Publisher:

Families in Society (Alliance for Children and Families)

Publication Date:

2004/ Vol. 85, No. 2

Author

David R. Hodge, PhD

About the Author:

Program for Research on Religion and Urban Society University of Pennsylvania

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about Evangelical Christians. It is appropriate for participants with all levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. describe common characteristics, values, beliefs and practices of many evangelical Christians.

  2. describe therapy and advocacy approaches that social workers could employ in providing culturally competent services with evangelical Christians.

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