FCS5300 Congregational Community Services

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Ken Larimore

Course Description:

The course will focus on the many ways social workers serve the church as leaders of congregational life, of ministry to neighborhoods locally and globally, and of advocacy for social justice. This course will provide a lens through which students can see congregational social work as a context of social work practice.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Based on an understanding of social work theory, knowledge, values and ethics, students will become familiar with the model and guidelines of generalist practice as well as specific techniques of direct practice. After successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Understand the relationship between the faith community and the practice of social work; Express critical thinking in oral and written form concerning congregational social work; Understand person-in-environment and intervention-in-environment from a congregational social workers perspective; Understand and apply evidence based interventions or best practices; Understand and be able to discuss the risk and resilience model; Understand cross cultural issues relevant to congregational social work.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course gives a background to the profession/ministry of social work in a congregational setting. It looks at how social work is done in a congregational setting; it allows the students to see what social workers/ministers do as part of their job duties when it comes to working with the poor and disenfranchised; and this course gives students an overview of social work as it plays out in the context of a church rather than a public or private agency.