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Faith and Field: The Ethical Inclusion of Spirituality within the Pedagogy of Social Work

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This article discusses the ethical inclusion of spirituality within the pedagogy of social work education. Field internships become the opportunity for social work students to put into practice the theories and knowledge they have obtained within the classroom. The inclusion of spirituality as a concept according to the Council on Social Work Education is not only a demonstration of one’s cultural competence, but a part of one’s ethical responsibility. Teaching students to complete a thorough bio-psychosocial-spiritual assessment then becomes an integral component of the social work educational experience, which would enhance the student’s ability to fully engage their clients.
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An Uninvited Guest: Addressing Students’ Death Anxiety in Oncology Social Work Field Placements

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Social work student internships are an indispensable ingredient in the formation of students’ professional identity. Field placements present a wide breadth of challenges that afford students fertile ground to refine their clinical skills of active listening, engagement, and relationship. The issues that are addressed by students specializing in psychosocial oncology and end-of-life care are unique. Students in these field placements are not only confronted by their clients’ dying and death, but forced simultaneously to reconcile themselves to their own mortality as well.
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Social Work Simulation Education in the Field

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Introduction

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s (Holland Bloorview’s) innovative Social Work Simulation Education Program uses trained actors in simulated scenarios to enhance the acquisition of social work skills and competencies and engage students in higher level learning. Simulation is described as “a pedagogy using a real world problem in a realistic environment to promote critical thinking, problem solving, and learning” (Nimmagadda & Murphy, 2014, p. 540). Social work simulations enable students to learn how to integrate social work theory, knowledge, skills and values into practice. Use of this pedagogy in the field provides students with opportunities to practice clinical skills and actively engage in reflective practice activities so that they feel more confident and competent as they begin to provide services to clients. It also promotes learning about the organization’s programs and services as well as professional practice standards and ethics.
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