VISTAS Counselor Education and Supervision

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Doctoral Students’ Perceptions and Competencies Regarding Spiritual Strategies in Counseling

Hannah B. Bayne, Radha J. Horton-Parker, and Christine A. Ward


Research supporting the importance of spirituality in counseling has led to development of competency areas for addressing spiritual issues within therapeutic practice. It remains to be determined, however, whether doctoral students, as the future educators and supervisors of counselors-in-training, perceive themselves to be competent in integrating spirituality within their teaching and supervision. This study utilized survey research methods to assess current counseling doctoral students’ perceived abilities to implement spiritual counseling strategies into their practice and teaching. The authors discuss the results and outline implications for further research and practice.

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