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“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray Him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”
From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
For people of Christian faith working in social work it is vital to continue to grow in one’s ability to think through issues in a Biblical way.
Check out the resources below to help you think through ethical and cultural issues in the context of Christian worldview. Consider bookmarking them or adding them to your podcast list to help you to continue to grow as you begin the next leg of your professional journey.
Breakpoint: Explores cultural issues and topics from a Christian worldview. – http://www.breakpoint.org/category/breakpoint/
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) Chapel – https://www.indwes.edu/undergraduate/life-at-iwu/spiritual-life/chapel/archive/
Think Biblically – Conversations on Faith and Culture: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically
New Life Live – Christian Counseling Call in Program with renowned Christian Counselors responding to issues: https://newlife.com/broadcasts/
The World and Everything In it – News and Events from a Christian Perspective in an NPR-like format: https://world.wng.org/radio/worldandeverything
Effective Compassion Podcast Series – https://podtail.com/en/podcast/effective-compassion/
Alisa Childers Podcast – Examining current cultural issues and issues regarding the influence of “progressive” Christianity. https://www.youtube.com/user/alisachilders
Just Thinking Podcast – Exploring current cultural issues with in depth theological and Biblical analysis. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBDi5BBmxiCAA4IGQpoRdzQ
Sean McDowell You Tube Channel – Apologetics and Biblical responses to current cultural issues. https://www.youtube.com/user/Seanmcdowell76
The Center for Biblical Unity – information and discussing regarding Biblical approaches to issues of race and reconciliation. https://www.centerforbiblicalunity.com/
Bible Thinker – video based in depth Bible studies on issues of culture and challenging topics from a Pastor. The site includes a library of these Bible studies at https://biblethinker.org/
Also, if you are not already engaged in a professional organization, check out one or more of the options below:
North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW). NACSW is a broadly defined Christian organization and more ecumenical and progressive in focus. Benefits of NACSW membership include a subscription to NACSW’s quarterly newsletter, Catalyst; subscription to quarterly journal, Social Work and Christianity; discount on a variety of books, monographs, videos and audiotapes; on-line bibliography providing references to books and articles on topics of particular interest to Christians in social work; a mentor program connecting students and new members with longer standing NACSW members; list-serves to enable members to correspond on the internet on topics of special interest to Christians in social work; conventions and audio conference workshops at discounted rates; Job Net services; and eligibility for NACSW’s Professional Liability Insurance (www.nacsw.org)
Association for Christians in Health and Human Services (ACHHS) – A Christian professional Organization committed to orthodox Christianity and the authority of the Bible offering support, conferences and free monthly webinars on topics addressing diverse topics and populations. www.ACHHS.org
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies (www.socialworkers.org).
Benefits of membership in this organization include receiving the Social Work Journal, NASW News, discounts for national and state conferences and workshops, opportunity for liability insurance. The NASW Code of Ethics is intended to serve as a guide to the everyday professional conduct of social workers.
National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) – The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., comprised of people of African ancestry, is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research. (http://nabsw.org/) Membership benefits include; networking opportunities, discounted full-time student membership, discounted pricing for State, Regional, National and International conferences, NABSW Members Rewards Program, opportunity to participate in quarterly National Steering Committee Meetings, ability to purchase Professional Practice Insurance, and presenter opportunities at the NABSW Annual Conference
Father, I thank You for Your faithfulness and all that You have taught me through my practicum experiences. It was not always easy, but You have used it for good in preparing me to help others and in helping me to become more of who You want me to be. Be my ever-present counselor and guide as I prepare to finish my MSW program. Lead me to the place where I can best serve others in Your name. In Jesus’ name, I ask. Amen.
Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
For this week’s devotional, leave some final thoughts, comments, or words of wisdom of your choice for your professor or classmates in the discussion box for this assignment.
Discuss at least one way you have grown spiritually or in your relationship with God over the course of the MSW program.
Describe how the practicum courses and your instructor have helped you to grow spiritually during this time.
Meditate on these words from Proverbs for the journey ahead :
My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
Store my commands in your heart.
If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
Then you will find favor with both God and people,
and you will earn a good reputation.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
and He will show you which path to take.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones.
Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the best part of everything you produce.
Then He will fill your barns with grain,
and your vats will overflow with good wine.
My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t be upset when He corrects you.
For the Lord corrects those He loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding.
For wisdom is more profitable than silver,
and her wages are better than gold.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
She offers you long life in her right hand,
and riches and honor in her left.
She will guide you down delightful paths;
all her ways are satisfying.
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
happy are those who hold her tightly.
I worked at Moutain Comperhensive care for my practicum and i worked with clients with substance abuse addiction the ages from 18 and up
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