Publication Date

2014

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Wickman, Scott A.

Degree Name

Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

Department

Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

LCSH

Counseling--Study and teaching||Counseling--Religious aspects||Psychology and religion||Spirituality||School counseling||Counseling Psychology||Philosophy of Religion||Spirituality||Higher education

Abstract

In the past 20 years, the counseling profession has increased the amount of research and focus on integrating spirituality and religion into applied practice, curriculum, and supervision. In the last few years, some have argued that spirituality is the fifth force in the counseling field. The purpose of this study was to (a) explore counseling students' exposure to religious and spiritual issues in counseling (SRIC) practica and their comfort with addressing SRIC with clients, (b) explore counseling students' exposure to an intervention of SRIC practica and their perceived competence with addressing SRIC with clients, and (c) assess the impact of an SRIC intervention that was based on the ASERVIC competencies on counselors-in-training (CITs) in regard to their comfort level and perceived competence addressing SRIC. Results revealed that an SRIC intervention had a positive impact on CITs' perceived comfort and perceived competence integrating SRIC and that there was a positive correlation between their perceived comfort and perceived competence scores. Institutional accreditation type, religious versus secular institution, and religious self identification had no effect on increased comfort and perceived competence of CITs for this study. Implications for counseling practice, practicum supervision, and counselor education pedagogy are discussed.

Comments

Advisors: Scott Wickman.||Committee members: Cynthia Campbell; Lee Covington Rush; Toni Tollerud.

Extent

217 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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