ERIC Number: EJ704647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-1
Spirituality and Comprehensive School Counseling Programs
Sink, Christopher A.
Professional School Counseling, v7 n5 p309 Jun 2004
Comprehensive school counseling programs (CSCPs) have evolved into well-articulated organizational frameworks that will successfully guide school counseling practice for years to come (American School Counselor Association [ASCA], 2003; Gysbers & Henderson, 2000, 2005). At their heart, CSCPs emphasize that as society and families continue to change, counselors can no longer rely on outdated, reactive interventions focused mostly on students at risk for school failure or those heading toward further education or training. CSCPs have given counselors a holistic and prevention-oriented structure to assist all students with more effective services, while at the same time supporting the teaching-learning activities going on in the school. This article's primary aim is to make the case that CSCPs and the students' they serve would benefit from adopting a more holistic or sociocultural perspective of human development--one that extends to the spiritual. To do so, the author first discusses the characteristics of this wider view of spirituality in such a way that most stakeholders with different faith traditions can generally support. Second, he provides a rationale for introducing spirituality into comprehensive programs. Third, before concluding, applications to school counseling practice are explored.
Descriptors: Religious Factors, School Counseling, Spiritual Development, Counseling Techniques, Comprehensive Programs, Holistic Approach, School Counselors, Public Schools, Counseling Psychology
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
Authoring Institution: N/A