A Multiparadigmatic Approach to Religion in Social Work Education

  • Jon E. Singletary Baylor University
Keywords: religion, paradigms, planning and administration


The attention given to faith-based human services in the past decade has created interest in pedagogical models of the ethical integration of spirituality, religion and social work practice. Following a discussion of philosophical, theoretical, and theological perspectives, this paper explores different sociological paradigms of knowledge and practice that may be of value when seeking to utilize spiritual and religious content into social work education. The implications of this article relate to educational settings that seek to incorporate content on religion and spirituality in social work education as well as to social work practice in religious organizations.

Author Biography

Jon E. Singletary, Baylor University
Assistant Professor Director, Center for Family & Community Ministries