ERIC Number: ED316812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-17
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Sensitivity and Sensibleness toward Religious Issues in Counseling.
Kelly, Eugene W., Jr.
A potential problem for counselors is their insensitivity to religious issues. Counselors may be reluctant to deal with the religious dimension of clients' lives and problems, yet counselors who are sensitive and skilled in approaching religion may find a client's religious beliefs and spiritual values to be a valuable asset in problem resolution. Of course, a client's religious beliefs may be manifested in immature and detrimental forms that contribute to a client's emotional and behavioral problems. The responsibility of the counselor with regard to religious issues is to differentiate between and deal effectively with both life-enhancing and detrimental expressions of religion in the client. The counselor has available many approaches for using positive, life-enhancing expressions of religion to the client's advantage. In the case of detrimental expressions of religion, the counselor can help the client to examine, and, as appropriate, broaden and transform his or her perspective so that religious values may contribute to a positive change and personal development. In either case, the counselor's sensitivity and skills with regard to religious and spiritual issues can contribute significantly to helping clients whose orientation, problems, and life issues present a religious aspect. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Counseling and Development (Boston, MA, March 15-18, 1989).