ERIC Number: ED275983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-2
Counseling and Religion: How They Mix in a Parochial School Setting.
O'Brien, Thomas F.
One of the most important questions facing Catholic schools today is how can these schools meet the needs of today's and tomorrow's culture and become a living faith community. Evidence suggests that Catholic high schools have a common mission of academic excellence, faith development, and a sense of community; academic, co-curricular, and religious activities which are designed to further their mission; and a climate that combines caring with discipline. Catholic high schools serve white and minority students as well as poor and rich students in percentages similar to public schools. Guidance services provided at Catholic schools are similar to public schools except that academic course selection and placement are usually not the guidance counselor's responsibility in Catholic schools. Religious and moral education is stressed as a basic attitude behind guidance efforts provided to the students. Catholic high school counselors tend to have less formal preparation than public school counselors although the trend is to encourage personnel to seek formal education. In counseling Catholic high school students, the counselor operates on the principle of "Love thy neighbor as theyself for love of God." Within the context of this framework, the Catholic school counselor must be concerned with Christian values and value judgments. It is suggested that the Catholic school counselor/counselee relationship may differ from the public school. The Catholic school counselor, when faced with issues involving doctrine, ethics, or morality, may tend to recast the counseling problems into a moral framework. Many counseling relationships exist, however, which do not involve moral questions. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (New York, NY, April 2-5, 1985).