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Scholarship of Discovery; Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Integration


When tragedy occurs, trauma follows. In crises, emergency response professionals are called upon in order to aid survivors. While the majority of professionals involved have received formal education on crisis management or disaster relief, the faith community is often called upon to assist without such prior knowledge. However, based on their mutual commitment to serve those in need, the social work profession and faith community represents a natural partnership in preparing for the disaster management process. Therefore, social workers can assist faith leadership in order to empower the faith community to be involved in crisis response. Specifically, this research addresses why the faith community must be included in disaster management, why the social work profession should train faith leadership to respond in crisis, and how this profession could further prepare the faith community to respond to trauma.


Honors Capstone Project completed in 2014 for Olivet Nazarene University.