Beth Katz, MSW, MPP

Spiritual Identity and Religious Diversity: Ethical Implications for Our Work

Join us as we consider how serving spiritually and culturally diverse clients and our own spiritual and cultural identities and backgrounds impact the care and services that we provide. We’ll briefly survey highlights from recent research about how people identify and express spiritual and cultural identities and reflect on the questions that this raises and the resources that we need to more effectively serve diverse individuals and communities. We also will sample some of the available tools and resources that may be helpful in navigating these conversations with clients and community members.


  1. Increase their awareness about the shifting local and national spiritual/religious and cultural landscapes
  2. Critically reflect on their own spiritual and/or religious identity and how this potentially impacts their work as professionals
  3. Share opportunities, concerns, challenges, and/or needs that they have regarding serving spiritually and culturally diverse clients
  4. Receive information about a sampling of professional tools and credible resources for helping them navigate conversations with clients about religious, spiritual, and/or cultural identity and practices
This session meets the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health and social work practice related to ethics.


Beth Katz is a social entrepreneur and consultant with nearly two decades of experience advancing human rights, diversity, and inclusion. She founded and for ten years served as the Executive Director of Project Interfaith, a non-profit organization whose mission was to create understanding, respect, and relationships among people of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures. Through her work, she has collaborated with a variety of communities and institutions locally and across the globe including the American Academy of Religion, the Obama administration, and the UN Alliance of Civilizations. Beth also has served as an adjunct professor at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business and at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the College of Education and in the Political Science Department. As an adjunct professor, she has developed and taught courses on the intersection of religion and business, religion and religious diversity in the public schools, and international conflict transformation. She holds a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Creighton University.