The Ethics Of Prayer In Counseling Summary

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Summary In the article, The Ethics of Praying in Counseling, the authors did a study about the religious concepts that are rising as a significant part of counseling nowadays. According to Weld and Eriksen, use of spirituality or prayer involving counseling for secular counselors are 24% (privately) and 7% (during), 78% Christian agencies, private Christian agencies100%, Marriage and Family Counselors 62%. They even mention with the inflowing of prayer in counseling that there’s a rise of scholarly discussions, DSMIV added “Religious and Spiritual”, and the fact that religion and secular psychology are currently more sociable than in the past. The authors focus on all aspects involving prayer in counseling whether it is before, during, after, …show more content…
Granelleo and Young reiterate the importance of learning how to read different types of scholarly articles that graduate students will face as a part of their curriculum. After regrouping and rereading was I able to refocus on what the article was addressing. The article brought up some very important facts about including spirituality and prayer in counseling sessions or as interventions. One thing weld and kersen discussed was the fact of secular counselors using spirituality or pray in counseling. I was very surprised that the possibilities of such would be allowed in any secure counseling setting due to ethics and most organizations not allowing religions to be discussed in any forms. My husband is in the military; they can speak of God and prayer with no ramification for the most part. I have worked at a few civilian hospitals and one military facility. In the civilian sector, use of spirituality was frown upon. When I earn my degree in Marriage and Family Counseling I want to work at the Army hospital, use of spirituality is allowed, as long as it not pushed or coerced. The authors made me realize I need to get a general understanding of several types of religion especially if I am going to incorporate religion into my sessions. This article opened my eyes and to the several ethical issues of combining prayer and spirituality in counseling sessions and inventions. One fact the authors noted was that using prayer can aggravate a client 's obsessive behaviors of religious addiction or reminding clients of an abusive spouse that uses prayer with abuse; I must admit I never considering either of these situations. On of the biggest thing I now know after reading this article I have to ponder and research is my countertransference. Its not going to be easy, with articles like this and research,

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