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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Differences among the Use of Spirituality and Religion as Crisis Intervention and Management Tools

During times of crisis, clients often look outside themselves for assistance in coping with, and finding meaning to, the psychological pain they are experiencing. This presentation will identify spirituality and religion as two similar, yet separate tools that may be used with clients to support their recovery. Religion will be presented as a socially structured form of spirituality in which members of a particular faith share common beliefs, values, and morals related to their form of religion. Spirituality will be identified as a universal, yet personalized concept that guides each client to find meaning and purpose consistent with their own beliefs, values and morals. The presenter intends to use available research to promote an understanding of this conceptual difference so that these tools may be used effectively in a clinical manner consistent with a person-centered care approach to recovery.

Presenter: Arick Combs (Graduate Student)
Topic: Social Work
Location: 315 MetroCenter
Time: 6:40 pm (Session VI)