ERIC Number: EJ704645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-1
Reference Count: 71
Collaborating with Students' Spirituality
Professional School Counseling, v7 n5 p293 Jun 2004
As influential as spirituality might be, it is an aspect of human life that has not been well researched as such. Related aspects of religion and values have been researched a great deal, and these studies help counselors understand the probable effects of spirituality. The probable impact of spirituality on school counseling is not yet a subject of concerted study. Spirituality provides an opportunity for collaboration between school counselors and students around student diversity and development. North America in general and counseling in particular are now emerging from the limitations of worldviews that led to avoidance of spiritual topics. Spirituality, religion, and values, of course, are not synonymous. They overlap. Spirituality contains numerous values and religion is one expression of spirituality. The biggest restriction of school counselor-student collaboration is the counselor's belief that a restriction exists. Given that spirituality is too big of an issue to ignore, it is important to address the phenomenon cogently and systematically. The purposes of this article are fourfold. First, spirituality in general is considered. Second is a summary of various notions of spirituality and worldviews. Third, the place of spirituality as an aspect of diversity and development is examined. Fourth is a discussion of the practical implications for school counselors.
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Religious Factors, Cooperation, School Counselors, Spiritual Development, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Client Relationship, World Views
American School Counselors Association, 1101 King St., Suite 625, Alexandria, VA 22314. Web site: http://www.schoolcounselor.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: Students; Counselors
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North America