Spirituality and Religion in Counseling: Competency-Based Strategies for Ethical Practice provides mental health professionals and counselors in training with practical information for understanding and responding to clients’ needs using a spiritual and religious framework. This work conceptualizes spiritual and faith development in a holistic way, using case examples and practical interventions to consider common issues through a variety of approaches and frameworks. This is an essential compendium of actionable strategies and solutions for counselors looking to address clients’ complex spiritual and religious lives and foster meaningful faith development.
"This comprehensive and relevant resource provides counselors across settings with practical tips and tangible tools to foster client well-being and counselor wellness. Nonjudgmental strategies are grounded in theories and steeped in competencies. Through realistic vignettes, thought leaders illustrate how to implement techniques in an ethically and culturally appropriate manner. Counselors interested in incorporating spirituality and religion from a strengths-based perspective will find this guide indispensable for presenting concerns with people of all ages."
—Simone Lambert, PhD, LPC, NCC, counseling core faculty at Capella University and president of the American Counseling Association (2018–2019)
"This book is an excellent addition to any counselor’s bookshelf. The table of contents reads like a who’s who of the intersection of counseling and spirituality. One of the strengths of this text is that it has a balance of practitioners, who speak to the experiences in the counseling room, and of researchers, who provide a broader context for understanding. I enjoyed the reading and was challenged to expand my own beliefs about counseling."
—Gerard Lawson, PhD, professor of counselor education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and past president of the American Counseling Association
"Gill and Freund provide a comprehensive resource for counselors integrating spirituality and religious issues into their clinical practices. Using critical ethical and multicultural lenses, Spirituality and Religion in Counseling interweaves rich case studies and practical tools that aid a counselor’s ability to grow. This volume will help practitioners better understand clients’ spiritual worldviews and honor the sacred in the lives of those they work with. A great addition to any professional library!"
—Michael M. Kocet, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS, professor and department chair of counselor education at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and former board member of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling
"Gill and Freund provide a bold and essential next step in integrating spirituality and religion into the counseling process. By providing a developmental lens, case studies, and focusing on assessment and intervention skills for helping clients with spiritual and religious issues, they have moved us from the theoretical to the practical. Many of us have been waiting years for such a volume and the editors have not disappointed!"
—Charles F. Gressard, PhD, LPC, NCC, chancellor professor in counselor education at the College of William and Mary
List of Contributors. About the Editors. Foreword: The Intersection of Spirituality and Counseling: History, Competencies, and an Ethical Mandate, Craig S. Cashwell.Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part I: Counselor Preparation and Understanding the Client in Terms of Spirituality and Religious Issues 1. Counselor Self-Awareness and Counselor Communication, Stephanie Fariss Dailey 2. Understanding Worldview and Impact of Spiritual Systems through Assessment: Open and Closed Faith Systems, Carman S. Gill and Robert R. Freund 3. Understanding the Development of Spirituality, Religion and Faith in the Client’s Life, Robert R. Freund and Carman S. Gill 4. Understanding the Spiritual Domain Through Case Conceptualization, George Stoupas, Vassilia Binensztok, and Len Sperry Part II: Theories and Interventions 5. Spirituality and Existentialism, Jodi L. Tangen, and Andy D. Felton 6. Transpersonal Theory and Interventions, Scott L. Lipp, Carman S. Gill, and Ryan D. Foster 7. Adler’s Individual Psychology & Spirituality, Robert R. Freund, Andrew Z. Baker, and Paul R. Peluso 8. Spiritual and Religious Interventions in "Third Wave" Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Vassilia Binensztok, Tiffany Vastardis, and Carman S. Gill 9. Addressing Spiritual Themes with Narrative Therapy, Andrew Z. Baker and Robert R. Freund 10. 12-Step Spirituality, Karrol-Jo Foster 11. Family Systems: Genograms and Socio-metric Assessments, Brian Canfield 12. Addressing Spiritual and Religious Themes with Play, Creativity, and Experiential Interventions, W. Bryce Hagedorn, Elizabeth Pennock, and Laura Rendon Finnell 13. Special Issues and Interventions Related to Spiritual Issues, Elizabeth O’Brien and Carman S. Gill