Title

Faith as a Cultural Variable: Implications for Counselor Training. Counseling and Values

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2016

Originally Published In

Counseling and Values

Volume Number

61

Issue Number

2

Page Numbers

192-205

Abstract

Counselors are faced with a unique challenge when faith is a prominent clinical variable. Although faith is deemed relevant, counselors may not feel comfortable approaching the subject of faith with clients. Participants in this study were practicing counselors licensed in their respective states; each was also a current doctoral candidate in counselor education and supervision. A scenario involving a complex interaction of faith; family systems; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in clinical practice was provided. Participants were found to be more likely to value the importance of addressing faith in sessions than they were to actually use faith as an intervention.

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