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The Integration of Spirituality in the Practice of Christian Counselling

Chant, Vanessa A. (2011) The Integration of Spirituality in the Practice of Christian Counselling. Doctor of Ministry Studies thesis, UNSPECIFIED.


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Christian counselling is encouraged by churches and provided for by theological colleges who incorporate counselling training in some of their curricula. Registration is provided by Christian counselling organizations and some employment opportunities are provided by many not-for-profit Christian organizations and Churches. This research sought to comprehend the significance of Christian counselling and to gain an understanding of how training impacts the Christian counsellor.
The literature and background information in Christian counselling was viewed, laying foundation for research. The research comprised four scales culminating with two client scenarios. It sought to determine the value of Christian training in counselling and to gain a better understanding of Chritian counselling. There was an expectation that Christian counsellors would be able to articulate what the distinctives were in relation to Christian counselling. There has been no known research in this pariculart area in Australia.
The research included 128 Christian counsellors who were graduates of Christian colleges, counsellors employed in Christian organisations and members of the Christian Counsellors Association in Australia.
The results of the research indicated that most participants, although enthusianstic in relation to Christian techniques in theory, did not always follow through with practical examples of this in the scenarios. The hypothesis, 'Graduates who are trained in theological institutions will be more likely to utilise Chritian spiritual issues in their profession of councelling' was not supported.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Ministry Studies)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Christian counselling, spirituality, pastoral care, forgiveness, integration, prayer and counselling, christian counselling training, spirituality in counselling, biblical counselling, religion and counselling, positive faith-filled counselling, faith-based counselling, Christian counselling techniques, Christian counselling theories
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2011 00:41
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 02:14
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/876

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