ERIC Number: ED350496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Religious and Spiritual Issues in University-Based Counselor Education Programs: A National Survey of Current Status and Practice. Final Report of a Research Project.
Kelly, Eugene W., Jr.
The most recent Gallup poll regarding the religious attitudes of Americans again confirms the importance of religion for the large majority of Americans. The primary purpose of this survey was to assess how and to what extent counselor education programs deal with religious and spiritual issues in the preparation of counselors. This survey offered subjects (N=525) who were heads of counselor education programs, undefined religion and spiritual terms, with the expectation that they would react to these terms within a universe of understanding that is distinct from "unreligious" and "unspiritual." Based on a 65% response rate, results show that in terms of course work only about 22% of counselor education programs give curricular attention to religion and spiritual issues. If substantial non-course curricular elements dealing with religious and spiritual issues are included, the percentage of programs rises to only about 24%. When those institutions reporting a moderate amount of non-course attention to religious and spiritual issues are included, the percentage rises to 45%. Not surprisingly, the percentage of state-affiliated institutions giving substantial to moderate curricular attention to religious and spiritual issues is significantly less than religiously affiliated institutions, with approximately 36% of the former and 50% of the latter having substantial curricular elements. In the category of internship supervision the extent of attention to clients' and supervisees' religious and spiritual issues was also low. The appendixes provide the questionnaire and two lists of course titles. (Contains 14 tables and 38 references.) ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Association for Counseling and Human Development Foundation, Alexandria, VA.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC.