Friday, September 27, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.mDr. Kenneth I. Pargament
Dr. Pargament’s workshop is designed to provide counselors, clergy, and chaplains with a framework for understanding and addressing spirituality in counseling. The first section will provide a rationale for why it makes good sense to integrate spirituality into counseling. Dr. Pargament will examine some of the reasons for the tension between religious/spiritual and healthcare communities and then, drawing on research, challenge some of the common stereotypes and misconceptions about the roles religion and spirituality play in health and well-being. To engage spirituality in counseling, we have to understand what spirituality is, how it develops and changes, and how to distinguish healthy from less healthy spiritual expressions.
The second section will offer a framework for understanding and evaluating spirituality. We will illustrate some of the rich and varied ways religion and spirituality can serve as resources to people facing significant problems and some of the ways in which religion and spirituality can be sources of struggle in and of themselves.
The third section will present a multi-level model of spiritual assessment that ranges from initial questions to more intensive assessments of various domains of religion and spirituality. We will underscore the importance of the counselors’ own religious and spiritual background and willingness to learn about their clients’ religious worlds.
The final section will illustrate some of the ways practitioners can draw upon spiritual resources to facilitate the health and well-being of clients. In addition, we will examine how counselors can respond to clients undergoing spiritual struggles, including feelings of punishment by God, religious alienation, and spiritual doubts and confusion.
OBJECTIVES Articulate a rationale for addressing spirituality in psychotherapy; Identify common stereotypes about religion and spirituality; Define spirituality; Identify positive spiritual resources and spiritual struggles; Raise questions in counseling that facilitate spiritual dialogue and assessment; Identify ways to help clients draw upon their spiritual resources and address spiritual problems in psychotherapy.