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ERIC Number: EJ900482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7960
How Christian Spiritual and Religious Beliefs Help and Hinder Counselors' Empathy toward Clients
Morrison, Marie; Borgen, William A.
Counseling and Values, v55 n1 p25-45 Oct 2010
The critical incident technique was used to examine how counselors' religion and spirituality help and hinder counselor empathy toward clients. Twelve counselors holding Christian beliefs identified 242 helping and 25 hindering incidents that formed 14 helping and 3 hindering categories. Categories reflected counselors relying on a natural connection to their spirituality, drawing from empathic roots in their religion or spiritual experience, and using commonalities shared with clients as a means of empathizing. Implications for research, counselor education, and counseling practice are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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