Spiritual Integration

spiritual_integrationBecause of George Fox University's identity as a Christian university, the Master of Social Work program is grounded in and shaped by our commitment to an integrated understanding of the Christian faith and social work that embraces diversity and promotes justice.

Through rigorous academic and hands-on practical training at the micro-mezzo-macro levels, we foster the personal and professional development of students with the goal of promoting relational, psychological, academic, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Our Approach

Our approach to religious and spiritual integration does not specifically prepare graduates to be Christian social workers or work at faith-based organizations. Rather, George Fox students are trained to understand how various religious and spiritual worldviews and practices, including the Christian worldview, influence the way they practice within the profession of social work.

The religious and spiritual beliefs and practices of our communities continue to become increasingly diverse. Religious, spiritual and faith communities provided the historical roots in the development of social work as a profession.

Multiculturally Sensitive

The social work profession has recognized for some time that religion and spirituality are part of multiculturalism, and that training in both is needed for multicultural competence. However, many social workers and mental health professionals receive little or no training in religious and spiritual issues.

We're passionate about training excellent social work professionals who demonstrate personal awareness, theoretical knowledge and the skills needed to engage in multiculturally sensitive individual, group and community practice and advocacy. The MSW program helps develop competent, ethical social workers who practice with integrity and who value the dignity and worth of all people.

Many students in the program identify as Christians, and many do not. Together, our students are learning how to integrate the worldview of any person they work with, whether or not they share the same religious or spiritual perspectives. While our faculty express their own Christian worldview, they welcome every voice and perspective to the conversation, modeling how not to impose your worldview on another person, but rather honor and engage the worldview of each individual to accomplish their goals.