ERIC Number: ED393043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-15
From Theory to Practice: Addressing Religious Issues in the Family.
Magaletta, Philip R.; Swartz, Christine
Religion and spirituality may serve as important resources and/or organizing forces for families. Many clinicians remain unaware of how to apply such understanding. A clinical framework for addressing religious and spiritual issues in family therapy is considered. The framework begins with an assessment exploring the family's experiences, organization, and meaning that undergird their collective and individual religious beliefs. Unlike other cultural variables, religious beliefs and behaviors are not immediately evident in the therapeutic encounter. A semi-structured interview is recommended for assessment. Next is a decision making phase which includes reviewing the implications of the data gathered and formulating next steps based upon this information. It should be determined if the family wants or expects to discuss spiritual and religious issues in their therapy. The therapist's competency in addressing religious and spiritual issues should be addressed. Additionally, the actual role that religious and spiritual issues will play in therapy should be considered. Finally, the framework details how religious issues can be addressed in the family via therapy process and therapy content. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (103rd, New York, NY, August 11-15, 1995).