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Counseling techniques and spirituality

I need some help with some this assignment.

1. Develop a brief summary of the article in your own words. Do not copy and paste from the journal article--this is plagiarism! Simply provide a brief description in your own words of the topic under consideration in the article. If the article describes a research study, include brief statements in your own words about the hypotheses, methods, results, discussion, and implications.
2. In your own words, interact with the article. Appropriate comments for this part of the paper should include, but are not limited to, your initial response to the article; comments (in your own words) regarding the study's design or methodology (if any); insights you gained from reading the article; your reasons for being interested in this particular article; any other readings that you may plan to do based upon having read the article; and other thoughts you have that might further enhance the discussion of your article. This section should constitute approximately a third of your Journal Article Review. Again, there is no need to reference any other article.

3. The final section is how you would apply the information you have learned to a potential counseling setting. This could be in a church or clinical session. Develop this section as if you are a pastor or clinician and your parishioner or client has come to you with a problem, needing your help. You may want to pick one of the following "normal" problems for this section: depression, grief, substance abuse, spousal infidelity, unforgiveness, etc.


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1. As you offer your own summary for this piece, I strongly maintain that this article encourages the integration of spiritual theories and interventions into a clinical practice or situation for all ages.
Thus, the article further provides solid research to validate how the infusion of spirituality actually enhances the practice of psychotherapy and other forms of self help. The article also shows that since religion is an integral part of a client's life, much like any other element such as gender, race, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, language, and other facets, spiritual dimensions should also be applied to therapeutic goals and treatment options. Do you agree? It is pretty common sense overall.

The article also exemplifies how ethical principles are definitely connected and should be aligned to the use of spirituality within counseling contexts. Thus, the article stresses the use of tolerance and sensitivity while working with clients, in order to add this dimension, and help make it more holistic in nature.

Likewise, the article also examines the issue of clients' contexts and further identifies how sometimes clients are hesitant to discuss religion for fear of making the therapist uncomfortable, a kind of role reversal or irony. Besides opening dialogue between clients and therapists, the article also specifically recommends that the integration of spirituality into the counseling realm can derive from counselors' increased education and training in religious subject matter or content. Does that make sense to you?

As a result, the article also advises how to determine when and how to employ spiritual interventions with clients. The author suggests that an assessment should be made prior to adding it since it should fit with the dialogistic objectives, clinical goals, and clients' specific needs as well as the therapists' own visions, plans, and needs, too.

In turn, the article further mentions that therapists can then treat religion or spirituality, as just another natural part of a client's life, into the dialogue and content of a session. Therapists should not shy away from religious topics or interventions as they have definite, pertinent, legitimate, and complimentary areas to promote ...

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Counseling techniques and spirituality overview is guided briefly.