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It's not often that social workers will meet clients who hold the same values or have the same political, religious, or personal views. A scenario I can imagine occurring is one where a Christian social worker, who is against same-sex relationships, is working with a client who is gay. For the social worker, it's imperative that they remain impartial and not let their views impact the client-worker relationship. A client, unless specifically seeking Christian-based therapy, is not seeking that information from their social worker. While the social worker may feel it is their moral obligation on behalf of their religion, it is not ethical for the social worker to impart their own religious or non-religious beliefs onto their clients. Not only is it extremely disrespectful, but it can also be incredibly damaging to the client, and could break the trust that has formed between worker and client. We owe our clients respect, and in that respect comes honoring their choice to practice or not practice religion, and to live a life they feel

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