ERIC Number: ED442021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Counseling and Spirituality: The Use of Emptiness and the Importance of Timing.
Linder, Sarah; Miller, Geri; Johnson, Paula
This paper focuses on the use of emptiness in therapy and the importance of the counselor's comfort with the space and timing of interventions within that emptiness. It addresses spirituality from three different standpoints--creating a space that includes room for the suffering of the client, journaling, and use of the Rapha belief system. The purpose of Rapha is to provide professional counseling that focuses on the physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of the person in need. The information included is drawn from the literature, as well as the authors' experience as counselors, in terms of the use of spirituality in addressing the emptiness in their clients and in themselves. Suggestions are presented for spiritual counseling techniques to address these existential issues in themselves both as individuals and as counselors, as well as in the counseling setting and the classroom. The use of beliefs is addressed in terms of applying these views to counseling settings. (Contains 13 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Counseling Association (Washington, DC, March 20-25, 2000).