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F23-506 Spirituality, Religion and Faith and the Delivery of Social Work Practice F23-506 Spirituality, Religion and Faith and the Delivery of Social Work Practice

Total Credits: 6 including 6 Ethic CEs

500 Ethics |  800 Online
Gisele Ferretto, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
7 Hours 30 Minutes



Social workers strive toward increasing their cultural competence, so it is necessary to explore the spiritual dimension that is often part of the human experience. This workshop will focus on strategies for social workers to invite clients to discuss the role of spirituality and religious practices in their lives. In addition, social workers’ personal biases will be explored to maximize the effect of their work with various religious and spiritual cultures.  


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University of Maryland School of Social Work

Gisele Ferretto, MSW, LCSW-C has over 35 years of social work experience in both clinical and macro practice areas. Her areas of expertise include: policy, professional ethics, supervision and leadership, confidentiality, social work and field practicum education, child welfare practice, and curriculum development.  Ms. Ferretto provides consultation and training for private and public agencies in her areas of expertise. She has served on a variety of committees and boards at the local, state, and national level developing policy and program initiatives. 

Currently, Ms. Ferretto is on the Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW). During her tenure at the SSW she has held positions in the Office of Field Education, Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Program, Child Welfare Academy, Family Connections Baltimore and Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS).  Prior to her positions at the SSW, she served as an administrator at the Maryland Department of Human Services in the following programs: Child Protective Services, Office of Equal Opportunity, and the Office of Staff Development and Training. Ms. Ferretto began her social work career as a Child Protective Services Worker at Baltimore City Department of Social Services. 

Agenda & Learning Objectives


8:50 am – 9:00 Log On/Registration  


9:00am – 10:30am  

  • Introduction of key concepts 

  • Exploration of the role of ethics when delivering services to religiously and philosophically diverse clients 


10:30 – 10:45 am Break 


10:45 am – 12:00 pm                    

  • Use of the “Ladder of Inference” as tool in the application of ethics  

  •  Aspects of our life that are informed by our religious or philosophical beliefs            


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch 


1:00 pm – 2:45 pm                 

  • Exploration of the role of religious and philosophical expression on those we serve and its impact on the helping process. 

  • Strategies for delivering services to religiously and philosophically diverse clients along the clinical continuum.  


2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break 


3:00 pm – 4:30 pm                 

  • Strategies for creating an environment that is welcoming, respectful, religiously and philosophically diverse.  

  • Application of Concepts: scenarios  


4:30 pm Evaluations and Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a Cultural Competence Self-assessment.  

  • Practice open and respectful conversations concerning different beliefs.  

  • Identify the role of ethics when delivering services to religiously and philosophically diverse clients.  

  • Learn strategies to create an environment that is welcoming, respectful, religiously, and philosophically diverse.  

  • Consider different ideas about the role of religious and philosophical expression on those we serve and its impact on the helping process.  

  • Identify the impact on the casework process from engagement to closure.  

Bibliography & References



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Koenig HG, Kehoe WA. Book Review: Medicine, Religion, and Health: Where Science and Spirituality Meet. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2009;43(2):395-396. doi:10.1345/aph.1L588 


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Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {6} Category I Continuing Education Units for ethics. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $130 and includes CE credit. Registering after November 30th 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. Cancellations* must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.


*ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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