EKU Faculty and Staff Scholarship
 

Title

Building Spiritual Sensitivity Through an Online Spirituality Course

Department

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2018

Abstract

The National Association of Social Workers and Council on Social Work Education define cultural competence and acknowledge the role of spirituality within cultural experiences. Both describe cultural competence as a linear experience that begins with awareness and sensitivity, leading to competence. Understanding the role of spiritual sensitivity in building spiritual competence is essential in social work practice where spirituality informs both assessment and intervention. This qualitative study examines the experiences of 37 undergraduate students in an online spirituality course. Results reveal the emergence of spiritual sensitivity indicated by an awareness of spiritual diversity and need for spiritual competence.

Journal Title

Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought

ISSN

1542-6440

Journal Volume

37

Journal Issue

2

Article Starting Page

182

Article Ending Page

201

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