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ERIC Number: ED436689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Pages: 16
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A Review of Spirituality in Counselor Education.
Souza, Katherine Zimmer
This paper presents a literature review of studies that address spirituality and religion specifically within counseling and counselor education. Results indicate that few studies examine the topic of spirituality outside of the clinical aspect of counseling, indicating that counselor education needs to consider how to educate students about spirituality. Because clients bring spiritual issues into counseling, counseling students should receive some instruction on spirituality in the interest of their future clients. Ethical and accreditation standards of counselors already recognize diversity, and spirituality is part of that diversity. Certain beliefs are associated with specific cultures, and counselors need to be familiar with a variety of these belief systems, including their own. The studies examined reveal that while most counselor educators recognize the importance of spirituality, little attention is given to the issue in counselor education programs. Spirituality is likely to find a place in the multicultural curriculum if counselor educators recognize its importance and adhere to ethical and accreditation requirements. The consequences of not addressing spirituality in counselor education include possible unethical treatment of clients through undervaluing client belief systems, ignoring an important client variable, and not attending to an effective coping skill of clients. If spirituality is not addressed in counselor education, counseling students will lack an exploration of their spirituality and lack awareness of how their belief systems are influencing their counseling. (Contains 44 references.) (GCP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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