Date of Award

1-1-2012

Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

Department

Educational Studies

Sub-Department

Counselor Education

First Advisor

Joshua M Gold

Abstract

Spirituality in counseling continues to receive attention in the professional literature. The professional discussion has revolved around what the essence of spirituality is and how to integrate it into the counseling session. Both the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) either directly or indirectly emphasizes the importance of diversity and cross-cultural counseling which logically must include the component of spirituality. The problem in the counselor education profession is the lack of consensus on what defines harmful and healthy spirituality and how to prepare future counselors to address this issue in the counseling setting. This study interviewed seven counseling students, at a large school located in the Southeast, to measure how they defined these terms. Implications for pedagogy in counselor education programs will be discussed.

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