Academic journal article Counseling and Values

Special Issue: Spirituality in Counseling

Academic journal article Counseling and Values

Special Issue: Spirituality in Counseling

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Editor's Note

This entire issue brings a special emphasis on spiritual issues in counseling and psychotherapy in the form of a stimulus article by Daniel Helminiak, followed by three responses, and concluding with a final response from Helminiak. What started some time ago as an independent article became a catalyst for discussion from the various points of view manifest across these related articles, yielding something for almost anyone interested in this vital area of counseling while possibly stimulating those not previously participating in the discovery, discussion, and application of spirituality in counseling. Suffice it to say, there are various ways to express why and how spirituality relates to human development, and there are also various ways to attend to how and why counseling and psychotherapy might or must include attention to spirituality. Although there are many points of contention among the authors, we believe, in the end, the overall effect of the articles generates more light than heat, while expanding the dialogue and channels for attending to spirituality in counseling and psychotherapy. We hope the perspectives, insights, questions, stipulations, and attention to implications for practice and for research serve to inform and expand the concepts, discussion, and audience of those interested in spiritual issues in counseling. …

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