The Role Of Religion In Therapy

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As of the year 2015, 80% of the United States was religious (www.gallup.com/poll/1690/religion.aspx). Therefore, religion plays an important role in general. Religion can be defined as a set of beliefs regarding the origin, nature, and reason and basis of the universe, particularly when regarded as the formation of a supernatural organization or organizations, typically including devotional and ceremonial adherences, and frequently comprising a moral code managing and directing human matters (www.dictionary.com). Further, spirituality can be defined as a comprehensive and inclusive idea or belief with space for numerous viewpoints. By and large, spirituality comprises a sense of relationship to something superior to people, and it normally …show more content…
Elkonin, Brown, and Naicker (2014) suggested that it is vital for psychologists to be conscious of and sensitive to their clients’ needs, particularly concerning religion and spirituality. Therefore, religion and spirituality should be integrated in therapy, and therapists need to be trained in ways to assess and integrate religion and spirituality. Because of this, it is important to understand both the negative and positive impacts of religion and spirituality on wellbeing and the role they play in therapy.
Religion and spirituality play an important role in mental health, both positively and negatively impacting wellbeing for persons with and without particular disorders. Additionally, religion and spirituality play an important role in therapy, which includes its role in the assessment part of the therapy process. It is essential that those training to be therapists are properly trained regarding the importance of religious and spiritual matters when working with clients, because it is important for therapists to integrate spirituality/religion into
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Utilizing Lazarus’s Transactional Model of Stress as a theoretical context, Reutter & Bigatti (2014) looked at the degree to which spirituality and religiosity affected the connection amongst perceived stress and psychological wellbeing. The Perceived Stress Scale, Daily Spiritual Experiences Scale, Religious Commitment Inventory, and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale were used to measure stress, spirituality, religiosity, and psychological wellbeing in a sample of 331 participants. Religiosity and spirituality appeared to have a positive impact on wellbeing. Both spirituality and religiosity appeared to behave as resiliency components and influences within the association amongst perceived stress and psychological wellbeing (Reutter & Bigatti,

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