Title

Spiritually Sensitive Professional Development of Self: A Curriculum Module for Field Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Social Work and Christianity

ISSN

0737-5778

Volume

37

Issue

4

First Page

446

466

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

Professional development is an expected outcome of social work field education, yet little is known about how students become professionals. This paper presents a pilot project of a curricular module for field education that explores professional development from a spiritually sensitive perspective. Students considered three areas, 1) meaning and purpose in work, 2) reflection and discernment for ethical practice, and 3) spiritually based self-care. The concept of spiritually sensitive professional development was developed as the result of a faculty mentoring program which encourages mission driven education grounded in the values of Jesuit education and Ignatian pedagogy. The feedback from the students who participated in the pilot project indicated support for the module and its relevance to professional development. Spiritually Sensitive Professional Development is defined as professional development that considers the whole student, is grounded in an understanding of meaning and purpose in one's work, utilizes a process of reflection and discernment for ethical practice and emphasizes spiritually based self-care. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Publication Information

Larkin,S. J. (2010). Spiritually sensitive professional development of self: A curriculum module for field education. Social Work and Christianity, 37(4), 446-466.