Title

Counselor Perception of Competence In Addressing Spirituality: Implications for Practice

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Department

Counseling

Date of Award

Spring 2012

Abstract

An exploratory factor analysis (n=270) revealed five salient factors: self-awareness, assessment, diagnosis and treatment, culture and worldview, and human and spiritual development. Mann-Whitney U results revealed a statistically significant difference between participants from accredited versus non-accredited programs regarding culture and worldview. Graduates of CACREP-accredited programs scored statistically significantly lower than graduates of non-accredited programs. Descriptive statistics were analyzed to examine participants' perception of the training they received as having provided adequate preparation in addressing spirituality. Approximately 48% of participants indicated the training they received did not adequately prepare them to address client spirituality. Implications of the findings and recommendations for future research are provided.

Advisor

Steve Armstrong

Subject Categories

Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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