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approaching religion in counseling sessions
March 28, 2000
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I'm a graduate student in an MSW program and I am working on a project. I need to find out some info. on how to approach the subject of spirituality and/or religion when counseling someone. Anyone with any info please help!

March 29, 2000
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During my therapy my clinical psychologist ..having heard me talk of my faith, and how it had sustained me through bad times would talk of it. she sdidn't "push" it, she didn't push hers, she,by simply admitting my faith had helped me, validated my own belief.

I would assume that your MSW classes do not touch on this subject and either ignore it or deny the possibiblity a igher power can help.

I would think that if you are working with a non believer it would not be appropriate to send them to church, nor would it be appropriate for you tell a believer that their beliefs are hogwash. You own beliefs on the subject would not have a place in a therapy session as it is not about you..it is about the client.

this is a laypersons view.

March 29, 2000
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Plus...check out any Christian magazine..look for the Minerth Maier clinics...they are Christian and may be able to steer toward the documnetation you might need. Or an establishd pastor (with a degree) or a seminary or bible Schoool/College

March 29, 2000
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Hi there,
One of my partners coucellors, pushed the religions things a lot in his sessions, this was counter productive because my partner is a nonbeliever and so it made it impossible for the two to relate, but this kind of councellor could have had a very beneficial relationship with a beliver.
I think it must surley depend on the person being councelled, as Janes said, it must be a part of the session if faith is an important part of that persons life, it should be discussed like any other relationship that person has, surely how they relate to their god / gods is as important to them as any other relationship they have.
But to a non relgious person, discussing relgion would become a distraction, becuase they are there to talk about their own life and if faith is not part of that, it would just become an intellectual excersise to discuss faith in their therapy sessions.
An important part of coucelling must be to be impartial and allow the person to come to their own answers in their life, therefore any relgious, political beliefs etc on the part on the coucellor must be put aside and they should deal with the person impartially. It must, i would have thought though be an important part of understanding someone to know if they have any strong relgious or spiritual beleifs and what those beleifs mean to that person.
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Hazza

April 1, 2000
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I understand that it is very appropriate to answer questions directly, but not to instigate the topic in conversation. What about "Christian Counselors" advertised as such? My therapy has included a lot of prayer, which has been productive. Opens lots of doors--maybe not all good. Spirituality is a two edged sword. Good luck in your work.

April 4, 2000
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I sought a Chirstian counselor. She steered me to a group called "CODA". I stands for Co-dependents Anonnymous. It is based on the twelve step program the same as "AA". They teach out of the serenity bible. People of all faiths were in my group and each of us appreciated being in a group that accepted a higher power. Faith can be of great help when in need of a counselor especially when you kknow that a counselor can relate.

April 15, 2000
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I have seen counselors on and off during the past several years and I would not have felt comfortable if a counselor had chosen to put a religious or spiritual spin on their counseling...unless I specifically "opened the door" to do so. I don't think religion should be brought into counseling unless perhaps it is counseling through a church (where it would then almost be expected to be brought up) or unless the patient/client wants to work that way. Not that I am not spiritual or have my sense of belief, but I just don't think a counselor should try in any way to impose or suggest his/her beliefs on a patient/client in any way. However, a counselor I have seen at a church never tried to sway me in any way to his faith but once in a blue moon, he would quote maybe a parable from the Bible that was totally relevant to something we may have been discussing but he would do so ONLY to make a point that would hopefully be helpful to my issue/dilemma. I had previously told him I would not mind him quoting from the Bible once in awhile IF he found it appropo to our session, as I said I believed the Bible holds many wonderful teachings for all. So I opened the door on that...NOT HIM. I wouldn't feel any reason, however, to mention as much to a non-church counselor. I feel you should not try to introduce religion into your counseling at all because that would therefore render your counseling as non-objective. Good luck in your new career.

April 15, 2000
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My non-church counselor did not open the door to discussing my faith I did. And then when we did discuss it ..it was always about my beliefs and not hers.

No counselor or therpist..church or not should be push their beliefs on the client. Just the same way they should not tell you church and spirituality is bad...they shouldn't tell you it is the ONLY way either.

The client does the work...the therpist gives the guidance.

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