Title

LGBTQ Topics and Christianity in Social Work: Tackling the Tough Questions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Originally Published In

Social Work & Christianity

Volume Number

44

Issue Number

1&2

Page Numbers

11-30

Abstract

Social workers are mandated to be inclusive of all persons. A number of critical questions are often asked about the intersection of LGBTQ topics and Christianity in social work. These questions speak to important issues such as ethical and competent practice and socially just policies regarding service delivery. In this paper, we address issues for Christian social workers concerning professional ethics and responsibilities involving religion, cultural competence and cultural humility, referring out, affirming LGBTQ clients, reparative therapy, and resources for Christian social workers. This manuscript can be used to navigate the complex, often challenging, and critical issues facing Christian social workers and offers guidance for ethical and culturally sensitive practice with LGBTQ populations.